Douglas Horton

Fall

Evaluating Organizational Capacity Development

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121-150

While substantial sums are being invested in the development of organizational and institutional capacities, the design and management of capacity development efforts leaves much to be desired. Few capacity development initiatives have been systematically and thoroughly evaluated. This paper describes the conceptual frameworks and methods used to evaluate a multi-site, regional capacity-development project in Latin America and the Caribbean undertaken to strengthen planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) in agricultural research organizations. The report discusses some of the challenges facing capacity development and its evaluation, outlines the procedures employed, and illustrates these with some consolidated findings in response to four evaluation questions: What were the main contributions of the project to agricultural research management? How were the results achieved? What factors facilitated their achievement? and What lessons can we learn to improve future capacity development efforts and their evaluation?

Fall

Assessing the Organizational Impact of Development Cooperation: A Case from Agricultural R&D

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1-28

This paper reports on an evaluation of the organizational impacts of the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR), a non-profit agency with a mandate to strengthen national agricultural research organizations and systems. For the purposes of this study, "organizational impacts" are defined as the effects of ISNAR's activities and outputs on the external environment, organizational motivation, and capacity of client organizations. The article outlines the context and objectives of the evaluation and the conceptual framework developed for it. A set of component evaluation studies, data collection and analysis procedures and some salient findings are described. Overall results are contrasted with the initial evaluation objectives.