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7. Measuring efficiency in evaluations

Measuring efficiency in project, programme and policy evaluations


Evaluating efficiency is weaker and not substantive enough compared to assessing effectiveness, sustainability and relevance in most project, programme and policy evaluations.

Efficiency assessment is limited to the timeliness of activity completion, finance delivery and finance allocation. This assessment does not give substantive judgment of the worthiness of the project compared to the given input.

Main Question

What are ways of assessing efficiencies of two main types of projects/programmes: a) projects that work on more quantifiable changes such as income wellbeing improvement, b) projects which work on softer changes like empowerment, or reconciliation?