The PEARL Project was established through funding from USAID in 2000 to assist the Government of Rwanda to rebuild the Agriculture School in the National University (UNR) and to bring about changes in the curriculum and work of the school faculty so that they become more relevant to the needs of the rural citizens of Rwanda. MSU and TAMU are the lead American institutions of higher learning in this USAID project. They have provided technical assistance to the National University of Rwanda to revise the curriculum, partner with in-country institutions and develop demonstration sites and market outlets for agricultural products. They also provided masters level training for sixteen faculty members who are completing studies in the US. Four years into the project and facing the need to write a new project plan, they asked for assistance with an evaluation of the project up to that point. This paper describes the development of that evaluation and lessons learned in evaluating a complex international agricultural development project.

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