International development is complex; it involves multiple stakeholders with different interests, goals and capacities. Within this pandemonium, there is a need to demonstrate the impact of what we do and how our interventions changed the lives of those we intend to serve. This is why impact evaluation has rapidly became a pivotal practice in the sector. Credible and appropriate impact evaluation can significantly improve the effectiveness of development, and there is no denying that the huge growth of interest – in commissioning, conducting and using impact evaluation to inform programming – is more than just a passing fad.
Designing and implementing developmental, formative, and summative evaluations is essential and valuable, however, there are a number of common pitfalls, which have cropped up in observing this growing trend. Here are our top tips that will save you time, energy and money.