Building Capacity to Evaluate Health and Nutrition Programs LaLonde, Robert J. LaLonde, Robert J. Less Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 15(6):S90-S99, November 2009. Abstract Abstract In Brief In Brief Favorites PDF Get Content & Permissions Abstract: In Brief: This article explains why high-quality retrospective program evaluations require highly trained evaluators and rich databases. The USDA's Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics program and the GDN-Gates Foundation Promoting Innovative Programs From the Developing World demonstration illustrate two approaches that public and nonprofit managers have adopted to build evaluation capacity.