Rist, Ray C.

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Monitoring and evaluation, Governance, Public sector reforms, Results-based management
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Last updated: January 31, 2023
Ray C. Rist is in his second term as president of International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS). He is also a co-founder and co-director of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET). Retired from the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank, he continues to advise organizations and governments throughout the world on how to design and build results-based monitoring and evaluation systems. His career includes senior appointments in the U.S. government, academic institutions, and the World Bank. He is the author or editor of 31 books and more than 150 articles. He presently serves on the boards of nine professional journals.

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    Influencing Change : Building Evaluation Capacity to Strengthen Governance
    (World Bank, 2011-03-28) Rist, Ray C.; Martin, Frederic
    Evaluation Capacity Building (ECB) is an often-discussed topic in developing countries and their partner international institutions. This book takes on an elusive yet frequently mentioned concept in development evaluation ECB. Differences and divergences were apparent in the spring of 2009, when the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) held its biannual global assembly in Johannesburg, South Africa, around the theme of 'getting to results: evaluation capacity building and development.' What became apparent was that a number of challenges had already been identified, but that trying to capture lessons learned on effective strategies was difficult, because of the failure to agree upon a unique and coherent definition of ECB, its various objectives and wide scope, and the diversity of institutional contexts in which it takes place. This book brings together the key papers from that global assembly, as well as new papers that reflect on what was learned and shared at the conference.