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Learning Purposefully in Capacity Development: Why, What and When to Measure?
Institute of Development Studies (IDS). An opinion paper prepared for IIEP. (2009)
  • Alfredo Ortiz Aragón, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Peter Taylor
Abstract

Many capacity development (CD) programs and processes aim at long‐term sustainable change, which depends on seeing many smaller changes in at times almost invisible fields (rules, incentives, behaviours, power, coordination etc.). Yet, most evaluation processes of CD tend to focus on shortterm outputs focused on clearly visible changes. This opinion paper will offer some ideas on how to deal with this paradox, by examining how monitoring and evaluation (M&E) does, or could, make a difference to CD. It explores whether there is something different and unique about M&E of CD that isn’t addressed by predominant methods and ways of thinking about M&E, and which might be better addressed by experimenting with learning‐based approaches to M&E of CD.

Publication Date
November, 2009
Citation Information
Alfredo Ortiz Aragón and Peter Taylor. "Learning Purposefully in Capacity Development: Why, What and When to Measure?" Institute of Development Studies (IDS). An opinion paper prepared for IIEP. (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alfredo_ortiz/1/