Why evaluation

There is a wide recognition that the way to influence public policy is sinuous and forked, complex and long -term. So, does it make sense to invest energy and resources into systematically assessing our policy influencing efforts? At Politics & Ideas we believe that incorporating a monitoring, evaluation and learning approach into the life of organisations is a challenging but sound decisions. Building an evaluation and learning culture can help organisations to:

  • Better understand how their research influences (or not) public policy and redefine new potential outcomes, if needed;
  • Expand the organisation’s knowledge of the strategies that usually work well (and discontinue those that don´t)
  • Reveal valuable insights to inform strategic and operational management by detecting bottlenecks as well as opportunities to improve the organisation’s work.
  • Provide donors and key decision-makers with a measure of the progress made
  • Build organisational reputation and visibility, and attract more and better support to their work; and
  • Empower the staff by encouraging learning and critical reflection

However, to track and understand what happened requires resources, time and efforts to systematize. Moreover, it requires expert knowledge about the political economy of policy processes and about the more effective methodologies to collect meaningful data.

Our team has vast experience in supporting in conducting evaluation at the organisational, program ad project level in a broad range of organisations working at the national, regional and international level. We are well equipped with varied methodologies to help your organisation make important decisions in terms of how to monitor, evaluate and learn about your policy influence. Our evaluations look at the influence in stakeholders, processes and policies. Working in close collaboration with the implementing organisation we identify the more relevant key informants as well as the more accurate methodologies to collect the relevant information (from desk research to interactive interviews, dynamic focus groups and surveys). Evaluations conclude with strategic recommendations to increase the influence of the project, program or organisation.