India : State of Development Evaluation Report 2010

India, after independence in 1947, began its quest for development through centralized planning that put the government at the commanding heights of her economy. Over the last couple of decades, civil society organizations have also started evincing keen interest in development intervention. Evaluation of effectiveness of all such interventions is needed to find out the extent to which development intervention has been successful. Evaluation findings can be used as input towards resource allocation in future. Evaluation also helps management of accountability in recognition of the fact that it enhances governance capability of the intervening agencies.

While the demand for information on development outcomes and quality of public spending has been felt, though primarily by government agencies, one is not very sure about the quality of evaluation information available. It is in this context that a major study titled India : State of Development Evaluation Report 2010, sponsored by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada was started by the Institute from April 2009. Dr. S.P. Pal, a former adviser (PEO), Planning Commission and Prof. Milindo Chakravorty, earlier of Darzeeling University are jointly directing the project under the overall guidance of Chairman, Institute for Resource Management and Economic Development. Report is to be completed in 18 months duration.

The basic objective of the study is to provide evidence based analysis to inform various stakeholders involved in development evaluation about the present state of development evaluation processes and systems in India. For this purpose, the study would undertake a diagnostic analysis to identify the present state of demand and supply side strengths and weaknesses in the delivery mechanism of development evaluation studies in India. Among others, the study would also identify potential factors that influenced the dynamics of development evaluation in India and the contributions of major stakeholders in creating demand for development evaluation and their respective interests in the process.

Given the aforesaid objectives, the first step in the study would be to understand the viewpoints of a cross section of planners, policy makers, donor agencies, NGOs, Media persons, research institutions and evaluation agencies so that the relevant issues concerning the current state of affairs of development evaluation in India are articulated. This would help in sharpening the set of relevant questions. To this end, a brain storming session will be organized. The study would also involve seeking response from various stakeholders through structured questions. It will involve identification of evaluation institutions and studies done to assess their capacity and quality and usefulness of evaluation findings. It is also proposed to involve different stakeholders in focus group discussions and key informant interviews.

To facilitate the exercise an advisory group will be constituted comprising of experts drawn from development practitioners, NGOs, donor agencies, Media etc. who can be helpful in the design and conduct of the study so that its output becomes useful in devising a suitable strategy for development evaluation in the country.

Suggestions are welcome and may be sent to the Director or Irmedindia.org

 
 
 
 

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