Designing an evaluation as a multi-stakeholder learning process

CDI completed an End of Project Evaluation of the CAPTURED project. This project developed the capacities of Southern institutes to carry out education, research and capacity building programmes that strengthen endogenous development.

The Capacity and Theory Building for Universities and Research Centres in Endogenous Development (CAPTURED) project was a research, education and development initiative involving universities, research institutes, NGO’s and local communities.

The aim of the CAPTURED Project was to develop the institutional capacity for Universities and research centres in the South to carry out strategic research, development and capacity building programmes that strengthen endogenous development in their own institutions, and to support other scientific and development institutions in their respective regions.

The project was built on the experiences and collaboration of three centres of excellence in Ghana, Bolivia and India and of COMPAS (Comparing and Supporting Endogenous Development) , an international programme to compare and support endogenous development.

CDI’s experience in evaluations contributed to the design and successful implementation of a mixed-method, inclusive evaluation. Such an evaluation design requires the inclusion of a broad range of stakeholder perspectives and encourages the different actors to themselves become co-evaluators in the end evaluation. 

To incorporate such wide ranging perspectives, CDI as evaluator adopts specific roles:

  • Methodological responsibility; which requires an in-depth understanding of the situation and evaluation requirements and the ability to translate these into an appropriate mix of methods.
  • Stakeholder incorporation; to ensure perspectives of the actors are integrated into the evaluation in such a way as to allow them to apply the methodologies successfully.
  • Remaining critical; to promote triangulation and questioning of results while judging the impact and relevance of results from other actors’ perspectives.
  • The evaluation helped to show new forms of partnered, negotiated and contextualised collaboration allowing appreciation and furthering of values and accumulated knowledge generation processes and institutions in the three countries.