What has history to do with evaluation?

My first degree is in history and languages, my second in rural development with a specialisation in evaluation. Only after some time I found the connection between these fields that at first sight seem not to have much in common: In evaluation often we look back to find out how things happened, what worked, what did not work, why,….In history we do more or less the same. If we don’t know the past, we can’t improve the present and the future. And we need language to communicate effectively with different stakeholders.

So, finally the combination of historical science and evaluation doesn’t seem so strange anymore. What do you think?

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