Guest blogger Robert Picciotto, from King’s College, London explores whether the democratic evaluation model from half a century ago is still fit for purpose.

Author: Robert Picciotto, from King’s College, London

Date: 10 April 2015

The International Year of Evaluation (2015) is based on the notion that evaluation is a tool of good governance. The underlying idea is that evaluation contributes to (and benefits from) an enabling environment where authority is accountable to citizens and valid evidence is sought to guide decision making.

What then is to be done in a world where democracy is absent or in retreat? Are current evaluation approaches adapted to the challenges of rapid internationalization, economic inequality and social fragmentation? Is the traditional democratic evaluation model designed half a century ago still fit for purpose? Robert’s blog is here.