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Seeds of Failure : How the Evaluation of a West African Agricultural Scale Up Project Went Awry

Seeds of Failure : How the Evaluation of a West African Agricultural Scale Up Project Went Awry

Thomas Archibald, PhD, is an assistant professor and extension specialist in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, where his research and practice focus primarily on evaluation capacity building and evaluative thinking in community development contexts.

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There I was, sitting in a workshop in Togo with 13 exasperated monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialists from 13 different West African countries, translating a 20-page survey from English to French that focused on minute agronomic details such as the dry matter and water content of corn in different research plots. I began to wonder how—more than one year into a three-year project—we would even get our baseline ...

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