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18.12.2018 - Costa Rica: leading the way. DEval supports innovative evaluation policy

On 15 November 2018, Costa Rica’s Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy Maria del Pilar Garrido Gonzalo adopted the country’s national evaluation policy. As Latin America’s most comprehensive evaluation policy to date, this step marked a milestone in the strengthening of evidence-based policy-making in Costa Rica and the region as a whole. Through FOCEVAL, a project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), DEval has played a key role in developing the new policy in recent years. FOCEVAL placed particular emphasis on consultative processes, with civil society, the academic community and government institutions all contributing to the development of policy objectives and priority areas.

The national evaluation policy provides a framework for evaluation processes in the public sector and is divided into four priority areas:  

a) Integration of evaluation processes into the policy cycle

b) Institutionalisation of evaluation processes

c) Participation and involvement of non-governmental actors in evaluation processes

d) Strengthening of evaluation capacity in Costa Rica

A national evaluation platform initiated by the FOCEVAL project will support policy implementation in future and play an important role in the process of monitoring and evaluating the policy.

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