Evaluation-capacity building: The three sides of the coin

I share my experience as a Canadian evaluator who is starting out in the field and new to the process of evaluation capacity building. I draw on three metaphors to describe what I believe are abilities of an effective evaluator. The first is an ability to be like playdough—to mould to external requirements. The second is an ability to be like a spider—to build webs or networks based on an understanding of the global context of the intervention. The third is an ability to be like Buddha—to cultivate a Zen-like attitude during stormy times.