BOND Evidence Principles for NGOs

The Bond Evidence Principles and checklist are for assessing and improving the quality of evidence in evaluation reports, research reports and case studies.

They have been designed specifically for NGOs and can be used when commissioning, designing and reviewing evidence-based work. The principles help ensure that decisions about projects and programmes are made on the highest quality basis.

What are the Evidence Principles?

The Evidence Principles are a set of common principles that underpin quality evidence in international development. The principles are:

  • Voice and Inclusion: the perspectives of people living in poverty, including the most marginalised, are included in the evidence, and a clear picture is provided of who is affected and how
  • Appropriateness: the evidence is generated through methods that are justifiable given the nature of the purpose of the assessment
  • Triangulation: the evidence has been generated using a mix of methods, data sources, and perspectives
  • Contribution: the evidence explores how change happens and the contribution of the intervention and factors outside the intervention in explaining change
  • Transparency

To help organisations reflect on whether their evidence base meets the principles, Bond has worked with NGOs to develop clear criteria and a simple interactive checklist for assessing the standard of evidence against each principle. More: