External evaluations: How critical are they?

External evaluations are inherently important for organizations implementing projects or programmes. Evaluation by external agencies bring value that cannot be gained through operational monitoring or internal audits done internally by the organization. Among other benefits, external evaluations help in building investor and funder confidence and challenging entrenched practices which are often not pointed out by the internal monitoring and audit processes. The Discussion Papers puts forth the argument that getting assessments or evaluations done by external agencies not only fosters transparency but is in the interest of the implementing agency as they can bring real benefits.

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