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During the last week of October, Bangkok was the site of three important evaluation meetings. Fortunately for us, we have an eyewitness report from each meeting. Thank you to these three experts for generously sharing what they saw and heard.
Read the full article here: http://www.eval.org/blog/international-policy-update-eyewitness-reports-from-three-important-meetings-in-bangkok
In the framework of the International year of Evaluation, invites you to the following two events:
The Role of Evaluation in Making the United Nations and UN Women Fit for the 2030 Agenda:
Monday, 14 December, 9.00am - 10.30am EST
Enhancing the Use of Evaluation to Support the Achievement of Gender Equality
Tuesday, 15 December, 9.00am - 10.30am EST
Mark your calendars!
#EvalYear Twitter Chat: Moving Toward a Global Evaluation Agenda, 2016-2020
Wednesday, 11 November: 9:00am- 9:30am EDT
In culmination of the International Year of Evaluation and leading up to the EvalPartners Global Evaluation Week at the Parliament of Nepal, @unwomenEval with the support of @EvalPartners is hosting a live Twitter chat on leading the international evaluation community toward a global evaluation agenda from 2016-2020.
Join us on Wednesday, November 11 from 9:00am to 9:30am EDT for a lively discussion featuring Marco Segone @msegone, co-chair of EvalPartners, Chair of UNEG and Director, Independent Evaluation Office at UN Women, Natalia Kosheleva @kosheleva_nat, co-chair of EvalPartners and Ziad Moussa @lbziadmoussa, President of IOCE.
Tweet your questions and comments on a global evaluation agenda using the hashtag #EvalYear. Start asking your questions today and join us live on November 11, 9:00am EDT for answers!
The Algerian Evaluation Network was officially launched yesterday Tuesday October 20th at the Mercure Hotel in Algiers. The gathering was a good opportunity to organize a successful Information and Awareness Evaluation Day co-sponsored by UNDP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Algeria. Several high-ranked officials from the various ministries as well as senior Policy makers, international and national experts, civil society representatives and development Partners attended this exceptional event. A Torch was lighted on this occasion. A presentation was made at this forum a paper on International Cooperation in the field of evaluation and underscored the role of IOCE and Evalpartners in this area.
This fantastic achievement would not have been possible without the big efforts exerted by the preparatory committee including dedicated Algerian evaluators and representatives of UNDP, especially Mrs Sana Al-Attar, Head of Support to the Program and Mrs Cristina Amaral, UNDP Resident Representative in Algeria. Special thanks to our Colleagues Ziad Moussa, Marie Gervais and Asela for their continuous encouragements and valuable support.
Thursday, 22 October 9.00am – 11.00am EST
UN Women Independent Evaluation Office and the Coordination Division in collaboration with the UNEG Working Group on Gender Equality and Human Rights are pleased to invite you to a webinar discussion and launch of the TRANSFORM Issue #5.
The discussion is broken down into two consecutive sessions. Feel free to join for the whole discussion or join for a particular session.
Session I (9am-10am EST) focuses on the insights, conclusions and ways forward for Corporate Gender Equality Policies based on the UN Women review of evaluations of these policies (see the Transform magazine).
Shravanti Reddy, Evaluation Specialist, Independent Evaluation Office, UN Women
Aparna Mehrotra, Senior Adviser on Coordination and Focal Point for Women in the UN System, UN Women
Saori Terada, Adviser on Gender Integration, OHCHR
Patrick Texeira, Programme Adviser on Gender, WFP
Session II (Appx. 10am-11am EST) focuses on how to enhance learning from evaluations of corporate gender equality policies based on the UN Women review and UNDP and NORAD's evaluations of their respective corporate gender equality policies.
Shravanti Reddy, Evaluation Specialist, Independent Evaluation Office, UN Women
Chandi Kadirgamar, Senior Adviser, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP
Siv J. Lillestøl, Senior Adviser, Department for Evaluation, NORAD
By registering below for the webinar, you will receive information on how to join the discussion via your web browser or your telephone: http://gendermainstreaming.eventbrite.com
FAO Office of evaluation is seeking applications for the posts of team leader and team members for the Independent Evaluation of the Evaluation Function.
How to apply
Please send your CV to: Opportunities-Eval@fao.org indicating “Independent Evaluation of the Evaluation Function” in the subject line, no later than 31 October 2015.
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The United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hereby invites qualified companies/individuals to submit proposals for the following assignment: Evaluation of UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet).
The evaluation team is seeking an external evaluator(s):
• with specific expertise and knowledge about the global development landscape in the field of education;
• with extensive experience in the evaluation of networks and partnerships.
The external evaluator(s) will be responsible for the development of the Theory of Change, the development of data collection tools, data collection and analysis including field work, as well as for drafting and finalising the Evaluation Report in English.
The evaluation will be conducted between October 2015 and December 2015.
The sealed tenders must be submitted to the UNESCO email address presented below on or before 18/10/2015 at 23:59 hours (CET), in strict compliance with the instructions as stipulated in the Solicitation Documents.
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Evaluation in Canada in 2025: what ought to be, what will be, and how to reach across these boundaries
Benoît Gauthier, CE, President, Canadian Evaluation Society
Notes for a presentation to the 2015 Australasian Evaluation Society Conference, Melbourne, September 8, 2015.
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Action/2015 is seeking a consultant or team of consultants to carry out the final evaluation of the action/2015 campaign.
action/2015 is a movement of more than 2,000 organizations, networks and coalitions from over 150 countries coming together to raise awareness of how important 2015 is and to demand truly ambitious agreements on poverty, inequality and climate change in 2015. The action/2015 movement ensures that when political leaders meet and make decisions during two major United Nations summits convening in 2015, they will feel the pressure of millions and millions of people calling on them to take ambitious action to secure a better future for people and planet.
Purpose of the evaluation
The main purpose of the evaluation is to provide a comprehensive assessment of the action/2015 campaign, assess and describe the results and effectiveness of the action/2015 campaign (intended and unintended, positive and negative, as well as the major factors that influenced results), and draw lessons learned and provide recommendations for future campaigns and CSO coordination mechanisms.
The evaluation will be conducted using a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The following is a list of methodologies that are considered applicable; the list, however, should not be considered definitive and contractors are free to propose other methodologies.
1. Desk review of key project documents
2. Literature search and review of materials on the environment in which the project operates, as well as from past campaigns for overall background information and comparison regarding how the campaign performed versus past similar efforts
3. Review of existing data on the action/2015 campaign (overall actions taken, monitoring reports of mobilization activities, registration & distribution lists, grant reports, etc.). The evaluation team should plan on utilizing the existing data being collected by action/2015 and triangulate the data gathered from various sources.
4. Interviews with key campaign stakeholders – including but not limited to: action/2015 Reference Group members, action/2015 Global Hub and regional coordinators, action/team co-chairs, participating organizations, organizations that were expected to engage in the campaign but did not, leads of national coalitions
5. Focus group discussions with key campaign stakeholders (e.g. national coalition participants or global action/team participants)
6. Other participatory approaches, such as case studies, “stories of change” or “most significant change”
Application and selection details
Please find attached the Request for Proposals for this evaluation.
Per the application schedule, interested candidates should:
• Submit questions about this terms of Reference (TOR) by e-mail to email@example.com on or before October 2, 2015, at 12:00pm EST. Action/2015 will return its responses to the questions on or before October 9, 2015. Questions and responses will be shared with all participating Offerors without reference to the originator.
• Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 16 October 2015, 11:59PM EST.
Click here to view the full RFP with more details
UN Women, Claremont Graduate University and IOCE, under the EvalPartners initiative, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and in partnership with UNEG, OECD/DAC EvalNet, ALNAP, UNICEF, ReLAC, IPEN and EvalMENA, are pleased to announce the opening of the registration for the third 2015 cohort of the introductory e-Learning programme on Development Evaluation, which will start on 23 September 2015. In the previous rounds, almost 25,000 participants from 172 countries registered, with a satisfaction rate of 72%.
The e-learning is composed of the following courses:
In addition, you can also create/customize your own course by taking the 10 units you are most interested, or take a few units and not an entire course (however, in this case, you won’t obtain a certificate).
The e-learning is free and open to all interested evaluators. You may attend virtually from your personal or work computer anywhere in the world. The course includes on-line lectures, reading material and multi-choose tests. On successful completion of the e-learning course you will be able to print out a certificate of virtual attendance.
For additional information, watch the introductory video by Marco Segone (UN Women Evaluation Office Director, UNEG Chair and EvalPartners Co-Chair) and Natalia Kosheleva (former IOCE President and EvalPartners Co-Chair). For registration, please visit http://mymande.org/elearning/.
Thanks to additional funding being offered by the MasterCard Foundation, IOCE/EvalPartners are pleased to announce that eight additional Young/Emerging Evaluators can now be invited to participate in the Global Evaluation Week. 23-27 November, at the Yak and Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Global Evaluation Week begins with the EvalPartners Global Evaluation Forum that will be held November 23rd and 24th, 2015. On November 25th, the final EvalYear celebrations will be held at the Parliament of Nepal, which is open for all Global Evaluation Forum attendees. On November 26th and 27th, the Community of Evaluators – South Asia (CoE-SA) Evaluation Conclave will be held, also at the Yak and Yeti hotel. Global Evaluation Forum attendees are welcome to extend their stay to attend the Conclave, with their registrations made and paid for by IOCE.
There has already been a call and selection process through which 122 individuals have been invited to come to Nepal to participate in the Global Evaluation Forum. More information and the application form for additional nominations of Young/Emerging Evaluators can be found below.
Click here for more information and the signup form (.docx format).
Click here for more information and the signup form (PDF format).
My name is Donna M. Mertens; I am an Independent Consultant based in Washington, D.C. and a founding member of the Washington Evaluators (WE), an AEA local affiliate. I had the pleasure of working with the Washington Evaluators’ leadership team on two grants funded to improve evaluation in Kyrgyzstan and to increase understanding of evaluation in Central Asia for WE members. Both grants were collaborations between WE and evaluation organizations in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
In the first phase, funded for $10,000 by EvalPartners through its Peer-to-Peer (P2P) support program, I delivered two workshops in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The first was a three-day workshop to help evaluators from four countries (Kazakhstan and Russia also) develop their personal capacities in transformative mixed methods for gender- and equity-focused evaluations. I also offered a second, one-day workshop to help build networks among the evaluation associations in those four countries and beyond. The final report of this part of the grant can be viewed by clicking here.
Rad Resources: The National Sustainable Development Plan for the Kyrgyz Republic contains language that highlights the importance of a transparent, evidence-based approach to evaluating their progress. It states: “due to bad governance, corruption and criminalization of certain state institutions during the rule of the first two presidents of the country these undertakings did not give sufficient positive impetus to national development and have largely failed to achieve their objectives.”
Lessons Learned: Any member of a Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation (like AEA or WE) can partner with a VOPE from the developing world to apply for a grant to fund activities like this.
Phase two of this collaboration between WE and colleagues in Central Asia was funded by AEA through its International Partnership Protocol Program (IPPP). Tatianna Tretiakova of Kyrgyzstan and Alisher Nazirov of Tajikistan visited Washington, D.C. in March 2015 to make presentations to WE members on the state of evaluation in Central Asia. While in Washington, these leaders also met with WE officials and representatives of other evaluation-related institutions in the Washington, D.C. area to share their experiences, seek advice, and discuss possible future cooperation.
Lessons Learned: AEA’s International Partnership Program is designed to fund temporary, short-term projects between Local Affiliates or Topical Interest Groups (TIGs) and groups of evaluators in other countries. The deadline for the next opportunity is November 30. The IPPP provides up to $5,000 to allow an AEA Local Affiliate or TIG to partner with one or more VOPEs in other countries so that each partner both gives and receives knowledge and improves each other’s capacity.
Rad Resource: Information on AEA’s International Partnership Program can be found here.
The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Washington Evaluators (WE) Affiliate Week. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from WE Affiliate members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to email@example.com. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.
From Mike Hendricks, AEA Representative to the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), with contributions from Jim Rugh, EvalPartners Co-Coordinator
In late September, the United Nations General Assembly will almost certainly adopt 17 high-level Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that, for the next 15 years, will drive a set of coordinated global efforts toward “the world we want.” For us evaluators, the exciting news is that these SDGs have a much stronger emphasis on evaluation than did the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that the SDGs are replacing. But what are these SDGs, what are the exciting opportunities for evaluators, and what are some of the challenges ahead? Here are 10 highlights every evaluator should know...
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New frontiers for evaluation in an era of market-oriented development
Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 July 2015 | WP1411
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The next two videos from the EvalStory Campaign promoting the International Year of Evaluation are now available online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbg2vuyzWspHFPk3rjJdZhA/feed
The first video is from Shakti Prasad Pal. Dr. Pal is the Director of Evaluation Method and Statistics, at the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the Government of India. The IOE was created in 2014 and is mandated to propose changes in the Government of India’s social sector initiatives, as well as its engagement in public-private partnerships.
The second video is from Mallika Samaranayake, President of the Community of Evaluators of South Asia. Mallika Samaranayake is a founding member and past president of the Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA). She is the Founding Director / Chairperson of the Institute for Participatory Interaction in Development (IPID) Sri Lanka promoting participatory methodologies in development. She has been a visiting fellow of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK, and currently serves as an M&E specialist and workshop facilitator in participatory evaluation.
You are welcome to add your voice to the campaign by writing to Jérôme Gandin at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in joining the EvalPartners initiative to promote an enabling environment for evaluation in line with the Global Evaluation Agenda, please write to Asela Kalugampitiya at email@example.com
UN Women and the Africa Centre for Transformative and Inclusive Leadership (ACTIL), with support from EvalGender+, the global partnership to promote Equity Focused and Gender Responsive Evaluations is pleased to announce the upcoming training “Building Gender-responsive National Evaluation Capacity” from 2-6 November 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Click here to download the registration form.
2015 is the International Year of Evaluation and also the year when the Millennium Development Goals will be replaced by a new set of internationally agreed goals called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The new SDGs will be applicable to all countries and there is strong emphasis on developing national evaluation capacity and innovative processes to evaluate the proposed 17 goals. On behalf of EvalPartners, IOCE has already launched Calls for Proposals for Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and Gender & Equity Innovation Challenge in 2015. IOCE is now announcing a supplemental opportunity for a new Innovation Challenge support offered by Thomson Reuters. This Call for Proposals is described in the PDF below.
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The upcoming Fourth International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) on Blending Evaluation Principles with Development Practices to Change People’s Lives will take place in Bangkok from 26-30 October 2015. It will focus on how Governments can develop the necessary national evaluation capacities to evaluate sustainable human development. Participants will deliberate on inputs to a post-2015 global Global Evaluation Agenda to support the implementation of the up-coming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this context, the UNDP’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) will organize a Webinar with Mr. Paul Ladd, who will present the new agenda for sustainable development and its indicators to be considered for evaluation. Mr. Ladd is currently Director of UNDP’s Team on the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Please feel free to forward the invitation to colleagues who are interested in the subject. Hope you will be able to attend!
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