What did we read in February: Evaluating the UN response to COVID-19, Connecting Evaluation and Policy, Universal Basic Income and Behavioural Change

As the world dares to hope that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, there is a limited appetite to re-live its horrors through a thorough accounting of institutional responses. However, as this new and vitally important report makes clear, the continuing ramifications of COVID-19 make such an assessment unavoidable. Evaluation on the scale required to make any contextualised judgement on pandemic response is a daunting task, with many in the profession anticipating tradeoffs that could fatally undermine the credibility of any such reporting. The likelihood that any conclusions rapidly become politically incendiary further complicates the task of […]

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