Deutsche Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit


Competence development and networking of evaluation performers in Latin America as a contribution to the Agenda 2030 - FOCELAC

The project FOCELAC (Fomento de capacidades en evaluación en Latinoamérica) was officially launched on 1 January 2019. Political partner of the project is the Costa Rican Ministry of Planning, MIDEPLAN. The project pursues the goal that strengthened and networked actors in selected Latin American countries play an increasingly active role in evaluation functions in the context of the Agenda 2030.

Together with MIDEPLAN as mediator and best practice example, it promotes the development of evaluation capacity in the region.

The project is embedded in DEval’s strategic approach to ECD. It pursues a systemic approach, based on consideration of individual, institutional and societal levels as well as the interaction between them.

The project must be viewed in the context of the Agenda 2030, taking into account that a strengthening of the national evaluation capacity is necessary for the review, analysis and evaluation of the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDG) and for the evidence-based organisation of control and decision-making processes if these goals are to be achieved.

For the organisation and implementation of the project, DEval builds on products and contacts of the project FOCEVAL.

Aims of the project

By the end of 2020, strengthened and networked actors in selected Latin American countries are to play an increasing active role in evaluation functions in the context of the Agenda 2030.

The evaluation capacity in Latin America is strengthened by the following five strands of action:

1. The promotion of evaluation structures and functions in state institutions

Together with the Costa Rican Ministry of Planning, MIDEPLAN, as mediator and best practice example, the development of evaluation capacity for state evaluation units in the region is being promoted.

At the same time, the project supports MIDEPLAN with the adaptation of the national evaluation system to the requirements of the Agenda 2030; it will exemplarily advise, document and disseminate the development of the SDG evaluation process in Costa Rica.

2. The promotion of practice-relevant offerings by higher education and science institutions

Universities and other educational institutions are encouraged to offer practice-relevant training and further education in the field of evaluation that may vary depending on the target group. Educational and scientific institutions should also be strengthened in their efforts to implement practice-related research in the area of evaluation and thus contribute to the development of methods for the evaluation of the SDGs.

3. The promotion of practical and methodological competencies of evaluation professionals, with an emphasis on new evaluation talent

Application-oriented education and further training courses are to strengthen the methodological and practical evaluation capacity of evaluation professionals. A focal point of the project will be the strengthening of new evaluation talent. Building on lessons learned within the framework of the project FOCEVAL, the project strengthens the practical evaluation capacity of young evaluation talent in Latin America, thereby broadening the range of competent evaluation professionals in the region. At the same time, governmental and non-governmental institutions are sensitised to the importance of the inclusion of new evaluation talent.

4. Strengthening the participation of civil society in evaluation processes

Evaluation is intended to contribute to the accountability and transparency of political action. The project therefore supports efforts to open up evaluation processes for the participation of civil society actors, so that these can participate in evaluations at crucial junctures. This is done through introductory courses in evaluation and the presentation of inclusive and gender-sensitive evaluation approaches, as well as through workshops and consulting.

5. The promotion of networking and the exchange of relevant actors in the field of evaluation

As a contribution to the SDG 17 in the field of evaluation and for the establishment of a social environment conducive to evaluation, evaluation actors are networked with each other, and their exchange and cooperation is promoted. The demands of the Agenda 2030 on national evaluation systems in particular requires the development of evaluation structures and processes in governmental and non-governmental institutions and their cooperation. The project builds on the principle of the multi-actor-platform according to the example of the national platform that was established in Costa Rica in collaboration with the FOCEVAL project.

Documentary of the Participatory Evaluation Experience in Santa Teresa (Chile).