Different modes of inquiry are needed for demonstrating accountability for Transformational Development programs. In addition to program implementation monitoring. program results evaluation, and impact evaluation there are disciplined reflection, worldview discernment and internal audit. The attached file describes three principles for internal and external accountability and how these modes of inquiry can be applied to answer six accountability questions. Click 88 MnE for accountability.
Note added September 2017: Programs that are funded by a grant may be required by the funding agency to host a monitoring evaluation. This is an inquiry exercise conducted by an external evaluator or auditor to determine if the program is in compliance with the conditions agreed by the program agency by accepting the grant and using resources provided by the grant. This way of demonstrating external accountability is not discussed further in this post.
Reflect on Psalm 51 to explore how an evaluator can provide assurance that God is merciful to a repentant sinner. Christian first, evaluator second.
Click link 59assurance that God is merciful
Meditate on Isaiah 56:1-8
“Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed (56:1, NIV).” Salvation from evil is the purpose of God’s reconciling of the world. We are created to do good works, but we cannot do them as God intends until we surrender our will to God (see Ephesians 2:8-10). God desires our surrender and is actively inviting us to be part of individual and social transformation.
The prophet announces clearly that the foreigners and eunuchs that bind themselves to God will also be saved. This scope for reconciliation was beyond Israel’s understanding. God’s reconciling includes all peoples.
The evaluation application is that indicators for divisiveness and inclusiveness in the community need to be considered when planning transformative evaluation.