The School of Evaluation will utilise a combination of online and face to face tutorials over a period. Successful completion of the entire package and related attachment/mentorship gives one certification as a professional evaluator. The intention is to affiliate the school with a number of universities on the continent. This will also encourage young and aspiring evaluators to take evaluation as a professional course and gradually instill the culture of evaluation in the development agenda of countries.
Once seen as a predominantly donor expected requirement, evaluation is emerging as a distinct management discipline, recognized internationally and can be controlled and maintained by a professional body and through professional certification by AfrEA. Increasingly, governments, donors and private companies are turning to evaluation approaches to encourage innovation, improve efficiency, solve problems and manage scarce resources. Across board and sectors, evaluation has become integral to the project management cycle.
The professional discipline of evaluation includes the knowledge, skills and tools to ensure the delivery of projects because of and despite their complexity and uncertainties and the demand for accountability for results. Evaluation is now integral to the Project Charter which describes the project at a high level of detail; formally authorizes a project; links to the ongoing work of an organization; gives the project manager the authority to proceed and apply resources to a project and serve as a record of changes and approval processes.