3-a National Evaluation Systems in the public service: institutionalising evidence informed policy making

What is institutionalisation of evaluation? What is an evaluation system and why are they important? These are the questions this workshops deals with. In a practical and interactive way, the workshops explores process of institutionalising evaluation through evaluation systems. The workshop draws from documented experiences of governments that have evaluation systems, as well as the facilitators’ own experience of developing national systems. It explores both the technical and cultural/political elements of institutionalisation of evaluations within the public service. It also examines how formalisation of evaluation within public service management strengthens the use of evaluative evidence in public policy and supports adaptive management and performance improvement.


IPDET intro video


Our schedule for synchronous workshop:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday

9.30-12.00 CET

Tuesday and Thursday

11.30-14.00 CET

Zoom link


In each session you will find reading list, and slides from the session.

Ian Goldman · September 7, 2020


Matodzi Amisi, Research Associate CLEAR-AA

Prof Ian Goldman, Advisor on Evaluation Systems CLEAR-AA

About Instructor

Ian Goldman

From 2011 to June 2018, Dr. Ian Goldman was the Head of Evaluation and Research and later DDG in South Africa’s Ministry/Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), where he led the establishment of South Africa’s national evaluation system. He is now an Advisor on Evaluation and Evidence Systems at CLEAR Anglophone Africa. Ian has worked for 40 years on issues of rural development, decentralisation, sustainable livelihoods approaches, community-driven development, and evidence-based policy-making and implementation, working in 19 countries, with all levels of government, as well as in non-government organisations. Ian has been a Commissioner of 3ie since 2012, and one of the founders of the Twende Mbele African M&E Partnership, with partners Uganda, Benin, South Africa, CLEAR AA and African Development Bank. Ian joined CLEAR Anglophone Africa in July 2018, and is leading a research project leading to a book on evidence-based policy in Africa and advising internationally on evaluation and evidence systems. In addition Ian lectures at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading in the UK.

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  • 22 Lessons
  • 3 Topics