16.09.2016 - Evaluation Standards for Latin America and the Caribbean published
As everywhere in the world, evaluation is gaining more relevance in Latin America and has become a matter of public interest. International experience has shown that the agreement on common evaluation standards contributes to the strengthening of an evaluation culture and evaluation practice. Accordingly, developing evaluation standards, which function as a common reference framework, is of high relevance for Latin America, too.
For this purpose, a task force of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Evaluation (ReLAC) was founded in 2014. Supported by DEval’s Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) Project FOCEVAL, this task force developed evaluation standards for Latin America in process of broad consultation. This process included i. a. a systematic comparison and analysis of international evaluation standards, consultation with international experts, presentations and discussions of drafts during conferences and events, and an online discussion group which made the cooperation of people from different countries possible.
The evaluation standards for Latin America and the Caribbean have now been published in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They include both, the common core of evaluation standards from other evaluation associations and organisations, as well as aspects, which are unique to Latin America and the Caribbean.
The evaluation standards for Latin America and the Caribbean will be presented to a broad audience in the region during the following months in order to put them into professional practice and to incorporate them in (advanced) education in this field. It is planned to continuously review and refine the standards, in order to take into account both conceptual and methodical progress in the field of evaluation as well as new social challenges.