Limits of the Logical Framework and shortcomings of the traditional evaluation of development cooperation to measure impact (Spanish)

  • Authors:
    María José Vázquez de Francisco, Mercedes Torres Jiménez, Pedro Caldentey del Pozo
  • Publication:
    Revista iberoamericana de estudios de desarrollo= Iberoamerican journal of development studies, vol. 4, no 2, p. 80-105.
  • Year: 2015


Of the criteria traditionally used to evaluate development cooperation, for reasons related to costs, methodologies, time and difficulty in attributing effects, impact measurement is the weakest link in this exercise, which is necessary in technical and moral terms, especially for those who receive the aid. The use of the logical framework as an aid management tool has eluded impact measurement, a revealing symptom of its ineffectiveness. It is precisely the international commitments on aid effectiveness that highlight the limitations of standard evaluation practices. This article will reflect on these limitations based on a systematization of the academic literature, and will propose a conceptual review of impact measurement indicators.

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