Evaluation Capacity Development

Evaluation as a Tool to Promote Governance

Forum with Costa Rican presidential candidates discusses the importance of policy evaluation in the future government agenda.

Poster of an event in Spanish with the logos of the supporting organizations. These are: The university of Costa Rica,the Research Center for Public Administration CICAP, the master programme for evaluation in development projectsPPEPPD Focelac+ and the Global Evaluation Initiative

An online event on public policy evaluation was held on January 20th in Costa Rica and was attended by seven candidates running for president on the upcoming February 6th presidential election. The event was hosted by a group of academic and civil society organizations, as well as the Costa Rican Monitoring and Evaluation Network (Costarican VOPE), and supported by the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval), the Costa Rican Ministry of Planning (Mideplan) and the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI).

Political party representatives discussed the importance attached to policy evaluation on their future government agendas and how they intend to encourage its use or continue promoting a culture of evaluation within the country. Prior to this event, a document was sent out to all the political parties, entitled “Public Policy Evaluation in Costa Rica: Context and Current Status,” so that each representative would have similar background literature. With this paper as a starting point, two questions were addressed to the participants, followed by a question put forward by civil society and a further one by the Costarican VOPE. The event was facilitated by GEI consultant doctor Gonzalo Hernández Licona.

This is the first time in the electoral history of any country that an electoral event is held having evaluation as its prime focus. Activities of this type not only provide visibility but also put policy evaluation on political parties’ agendas, which is clearly valuable and worthy of being further promoted.

You can watch the video of the event in Spanish here.

Fotos of 7 people and the flags of their political parties running for the presidential elections in Costa Rica 2022


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