German Institute for Development Evaluation

Leaving a Footprint. Stories of Evaluations that Made a Difference

A book to (re)discover the value of evaluation: learning and social change stories

This book compiles seven evaluation stories in development contexts, which in a diversified and innovative manner, produced positive effects in the place in which they took place. Scattered all over Latin America and the Caribbean, these narratives cover evaluation of interventions that worked with children, rural young people, indigenous women, health programmes and university self-evaluation.

Through surprising and entertaining narratives, these stories identify the factors that allowed evaluation to enhance local development.

This book will be of great use for social programmes’ managers and technicians, as well as academic, evaluators and for the public in general who are interested in processes where social change is enhanced by evaluation.

This publication is the result from the coordination of a plurality of actors who contributed with their resources and their willingness in different ways. The National University of San Juan (UNSJ), Argentina, developed the research project “Evaluation of Public Policies in Argentina and Latina America: analysis of factors that facilitate evaluation demand, use and adoption” which became the foundation of this publication. The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, CONICET) backed up the project academically. The German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) contributed providing a case study from Costa Rica and with the financial support to edit and print this book in both Spanish and English.


Available on line in Spanish on:

Available in English: Leaving a footprint (PDF, 2,2 MB)