EvalPartners & IOCE 2015 Update
June 26, 2015
This is an update of the EvalPartners Initiative (February 2012 – present), including progress for EvalYear 2015, building evaluation capacity in civil society, and moving toward sustainability of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE).
Click here to read the update.
Evaluation of EvalPartners Report
EvalPartners was launched in early 2012. Since then it has surely had an impact on the global scene, including those directly involved in the field of evaluation (the supply side), but also parliamentarians and governments (the demand side). Or at least that’s been the perception of the leadership and many involved in this global initiative, directly or indirectly. But since we are a community of evaluators, we realized that the time had come to actually have a formal evaluation of EvalPartners conducted by an external evaluation team.
Two independent consultants, Nancy Gharib and Sarah Parkinson, were asked to lead this evaluation process. Over the past six months they conducted a survey of many individuals via several listservs, as well as in-person interviews with many key informants. Working closely with the EvalPartners Evaluation Steering Committee, they have gone through an extended process of refining their report, including seeking feedback and suggestions from all members of the EvalPartners Working Group.
The report is now ready for sharing with all members of the global evaluation community, as well as any others interested in learning from this amazing experience.
As stated in the Executive Summary of this evaluation report: This is the first external evaluation of EvalPartners, and it is intended as a reflective stocktaking at a critical juncture in the initiative’s history. This evaluation provides a broad snapshot of what EvalPartners is, does, and signifies amongst the key constituents with whom it engages. This feedback is further intended to help inform and shape decisions about what EvalPartners could be and achieve in the future, beyond 2015, the International Year of Evaluation.
We will be organizing a live webinar on 27 March at 9:00am EDT when the evaluators will summarize the findings of this evaluation, and inviting comments from interested participants. We will be sending more details about that webinar later, but hope that you will hold that date and time open on your calendar.
This has been an amazing process of a major evaluation of a whole network of evaluation organizations. Surely there is much to be learned by those of us with keen interest in this profession. We would welcome comments from those of you who are members of one or another evaluation-related listserv. Please feel invited to share them with others on this listserv, or via the EvalPartners Group on LinkedIn, or if you would prefer to share comments ‘off-line’ you are welcome to send them to IOCE@earthlink.net.
Click here to read IOCE's final report to UNICEF regarding the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Program & Innovation Challenge - June 2014
Equity Focused and Gender Responsive Evaluation training report (held in Colombia)
Equity Focused and Gender Responsive Evaluation training report (held in Peru)
EvalPartners is the global movement to strengthen evaluation capacities. Launched in 2012 by the IOCE and UNICEF with initial funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, it creates a global Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) community able to effectively influence policy makers, public opinion and other stakeholders so public policies are based on evidence and incorporate considerations of equity and effectiveness.
Over 45 international development agencies, regional evaluation networks, foundations, NGOs and others have engaged in a variety of ways to promote evaluation.
• Facilitate VOPEs partnerships to strengthen capacities
• Develop VOPE institutional capacity toolkit
• Generate new VOPE operation knowledge
• Develop and implement advocacy strategies to enhance enabling environments for evaluation
• Promote equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluation
The Chiang Mai Declaration signed by EvalPartners members in December 2012 established three core values:
• Social Justice
• Gender Equity
• Enhanced VOPEs institutional and organizational capacity
• Enhanced influence of VOPEs
• Enhanced capacity of VOPEs members and of evaluators
International Year of Evaluation
In 2013, EvalPartners was successful in the official designation of 2015 as International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear).
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