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Decolonising Evaluation - Whose Value Counts?

Christian Aid recognises that how we evaluate our work is a key area which has been shaped by colonial history, structures and understandings of knowledge and power.

We propose that “traditional” evaluation is problematic, in that outsiders with power are the ones setting the evaluation agenda - deciding what's valuable, defining what success is and putting in place criteria by which success is assessed.

This paper therefore critically reflects on evaluation practice through a decolonisation lens, considering who decides what success looks like, how we assess and measure results, and how we could take forward a decolonial approach to evaluation.