Author (Your Name)

Kristin Saucier, Colby College

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. Global Studies Program


Patrice M. Franko

Second Advisor

Ariel Armony

Third Advisor

Jennifer Yoder


This study attempts to answer the question, do formalized evaluation procedures contribute to increased project effectiveness? Project effectiveness is defined as the successful attainment of project goals and objectives. According to the literature, evaluations have the potential to improve a project's success by raising awareness of problem areas and offering ways suggestions for improvement. To test this theory, the evaluation systems of seven international development organizations that are currently implementing projects in Bolivia are examined: Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), Peace Corps, Project Concern International (pCI), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Sates Agency for International Development (USAlD), Water for People, and World Vision. The evaluation systems of each organization are analyzed within the context of four important components that should ideally characterize all development projects: effective information management, participant incorporation into the evaluation process, flexibility, and coordination between various actors. While some organizations show near textbook perfonnance on carrying out parts of these components, on other factors, especially participant involvement, some organizations seem to struggle. In none ofthe organizations are evaluations found to be a detriment to project success, but rather, the effect that the monitoring and evaluation procedures have on the current implementation and future design of the projects appears to be minimal. The limited impact of evaluations on project effectiveness is due to the evaluation methods of the organizations, the characteristics of the project itself, as well as external factors, including the societal conditions in which the project takes place.


Economic development projects, Bolivia, Evaluation