INNOVATIONS IN PROGRAM EVALUATION: HOW CAN WE PERFORM ONE?

DR. RICHARD GONZALES

Given the evolving nature of programs and policies, the 2030 Agenda, and the context in which they are realized, innovations in program evaluation are inevitable. Innovations in program evaluation, particularly those anchored on theory of change, can be seen through the new technologies (such as using social media data or machine learning for analysis); a patchwork or fusion of earlier ideas and techniques combined or triangulated; or adopting and espousing concepts and approaches from other disciplines or professions. However, identifying new approaches and methods, developing skills and infrastructure to use them would be very challenging. Hence, this paper will share a few innovations in program evaluation anchored on theory of change. This presentation will also discuss what and how individuals, organizations, and networks of program evaluation practitioners will use these approaches, to meet the needs of their scholarly pursuits, programs and development initiatives, and organizational goals and objectives.