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------------------ This is an essential area of development practice (in some organizations considered together with monitoring), and one in which more clarity on how reports and assessments of dprojects and programs are actually used or demonstrabl impact practice would be useful. Development practice broadly has evolved, at least in terms of approaches, and it would be reasonable to assume that this is due to evaluations. It would be of interest to know more about the approach and goals of Julien Kouamé's study on evaluation. There are certainly several ways to view the subject. In addition to how evaluations have been used, what are the ways evaluations are conducted, framed, and conveyed? Are there themes that repeat, or trends over time? What sort of themes get focus (there was a time for instance when gender was not so prominent in evaluations, but now is expected)? Are there subjects that might be pertinent to evaluation that are omitted (I see languages as one example of this)? Viewing evaluation as a performance as much as a professional and sometimes scholarly practice might offer useful perspectives. By that I mean to ask if there are ways in which evaluation is proper form, expected and appreciated, but the content of evaluations not used or only selectively used? What is the life span and "career" of evaluations? Hope this helps. Don Osborn