On being evaluated: tensions and hopes

The MOC (Movement for Community Organisation) is an advisory centre for community organisations in the Feira de Santana region of north-east Brazil. Oxfam (UK and Ireland) has provided funds towards their work since 1972, and in 1990/91 commissioned a Brazilian institution to conduct an evaluation. This Note describes how it felt to be evaluated, and suggests lessons to be learned for all those involved in an evaluation process, which the MOC felt should involve greater mutual understanding between evaluators and those they evaluate, especially when agreeing assessment methodologies and objectives. This article also appears in the Development in Practice Reader Development and Patronage.