May 4, 14:00-16:00, Medelhavsmuséet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm (registration from 13:30)
Is it possible to undertake evaluations that provide deep insights for learning while at the same time address accountability issues? Is it possibly so that if evaluations from the very outset were focused on either learning or accountability that we would have a rather different sort of evaluations, both in scope and reporting mechanisms?
These are some of the issues that are addressed in the new EBA report Confronting the Contradiction – An exploration into the dual purpose of accountability and learning in aid evaluation. Based upon evaluations of Swedish and Norwegian aid Researchers Hilde Reinertsen, Kristian Bjørkdahl and Desmond McNeill explore to what extent accountability and learning are incompatible goals when undertaking evaluations of aid. Taking the stance that there indeed is a trade-off they also suggest ways in which evaluations may be made more purposeful.
The presentation of the report will provide the basis for a panel discussion on the extent to which accountability and learning are contradictory objectives for aid evaluation, and discuss the feasibility of the authors’ alternative approach to undertaking evaluations.
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