Paul Clements – Associate Professor of Political Science & Masters of Development Administration Program Director, WMU

Evaluation Center: April 15, 2008

At present the evaluation of international development assistance programs and projects is highly inconsistent. Many evaluations are methodologically and/or analytically weak and/or offer conclusions and ratings that are positively biased, and this undermines learning and accountability throughout the development community. Aid could be rendered substantially more cost-effective if each evaluation offered a consistent and reliable estimate of the intervention’s cost-effectiveness. This presentation rehearses the reasons for establishing an association to this end along the lines of professional associations of accountants and auditors, it presents features of the proposed association’s design, and it discusses challenges to be overcome in establishing the association.

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