In November I’ll be teaching Ugandan evaluators about data visualization through a multi-day training.
Read more at http://ecduganda.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/ugandan-evaluators-to-be-trained-in-communication-and-data-vizualisation/.
The ECD Project
For the last two decades, Uganda’s development has been significant in its social, economic and political terms. The country however still faces challenges in the areas of public sector management and administration, particularly in regards to mismanagement and lack of quality in public services. Against this background, political decision makers are increasingly seeing the need for evaluation of programmes and public service delivery so as to improve the quality of these services.
The project was initiated by the Government of Uganda and is supported by the German Development Cooperation (BMZ) with the aim to strengthen evaluation capacities within government and civil society. Before, most evaluations of government programmes have been carried out by international agencies. The Ugandan government had only limited capacity to conduct independent evaluations of public programmes.
The purpose of the Evaluation Capacity Development project therefore is to increase awareness on the importance of evaluation for transparent policy and decision making among government and civil society actors in Uganda.
The objective of German support is for ministries, public institutions and civil society organisations to use professional monitoring and evaluation for decision making, in line with international standards. In the first programme phase (2012 – 2014), focus is on creating necessary preconditions for conducting professional evaluations.
The desired result is an increased supply of and demand for credible evaluations. In the short-term, more evaluations will be commissioned, conducted and utilised by Ugandans and they will be based on the principles for good evaluations specified in the Ugandan and other international evaluation standards. These evaluations may provide credible evidence on the performance of policies and programmes for the Government of Uganda. In the long-term, the use of evaluations will improve the effectiveness of policies, strategies and institutions, thus contributing to better service delivery. Ultimately the increased transparency and focus on performance will also help to build public trust in government institution.
Learn more about the Evaluation Capacity Development Project at http://ecduganda.wordpress.com.