Learning from action requires reflection
MSF is all about action, being fast and reactive is the organisation's strength. Systematic and objective evaluation processes are important opportunities to reflect, explore and capture the many experiences teams have in the challenging context MSF works in. Evaluations are therefore a much needed tool for organisational learning.
A critical element for improving quality
Being able to evaluate effectiveness and identify factors for success or failure is critical to further improve the quality of MSFs work. Just as important is the integration of the evaluation results in ongoing operations.
Giving account of intentions and actions
Since the La Mancha process* the internal push for more accountability has resulted in a stronger call for evaluations. Evaluations are a means for MSF to improve accountability towards MSF stakeholders at all levels : within each operational centre, in the movement, in the field towards partners and patients, in our home societies vis-à-vis donors, the media and the public.
The privilege to choose
Humanitarian aid evaluation has only become a mainstream activity and interest in the last two decades. Until today, evaluations are often driven by major donors. As MSF is financially independent, it still receives very little pressure to evaluate from the outside. Therefore, MSF has the privilege to choose what to evaluate based on internal priorities and learning needs.
* An internal reflection and review process in 2005/2006