Managing Evaluations: A Guide for IUCN Managers
Module 5 of the Project Guidelines and Standards 2014 is closely based on this document and provides the most up-to-date guidance for evaluation at IUCN. However, the stand-alone Handbook is still provided here as it is a useful in-depth resource for evaluation in a general sense.
Each year in IUCN project and programme managers plan and commission numerous evaluations and reviews. Many of these evaluations are required by donor contracts and some are self-initiated by programme managers.
Meta-Evaluations in 2000 and 2003 revealed that the quality of these evaluations often vary, and that some do not meet acceptable standards for good evaluation practice. This Handbook - Managing Evaluations: A Guide for IUCN Programme and Project Managers - was written to assist managers in planning, commissioning and implementing high quality evaluations. It includes guidance in developing a good Terms of Reference for an evaluation, identifying standard evaluation criteria to use for different purposes, developing key evaluation questions, how to determine the profile of a good evaluation team, and how to judge a good evaluation report.
This Handbook follows the criteria and standards set out in the IUCN Evaluation Policy (French/Spanish) and operationalizes the policy in practical terms.