8. Evaluating the plan.

Stage 8: Evaluate at mid-term to capture on-going lessons learnt and incorporate these into the planning cycle.

Evaluation is the rigorous, evidence based collection of information about a programme and its outcomes that determines its success. Evaluation studies provide information for use in improving programmes, identifying lessons learned and enabling managers to make informed decisions and plan strategically.

Evaluation of capacity development interventions can inform the direction for the next phase of capacity development activities. Both during and following implementation efforts, evaluations should inform the implementation process and provide input to further capacity development planning.


  1. Prepare for evaluation confirm the scope and timing of the evaluation, organise documentation, and select the evaluation team.
  2. Manage the evaluation brief the evaluation, review inception reports, and review evaluation draft reports.
  3. Leverage evaluation results present and disseminate the evaluation, share lessons, and ensure evaluations are used in future planning.

Key Considerations

The following points should be considered when evaluating a capacity development intervention.

  • Leverage existing data and information Evaluations should leverage other information available such as reports from other donors on their support to programmes or organisations.
  • Integrate capacity development evaluations Conducting evaluations of capacity development initiatives are no different to carrying out any other evaluation. Therefore where possible capacity development evaluations should be integrated with program evaluations.