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AEA365: WE Week: Donna M. Mertens on Peer-to-Peer Support Program Experience in Kyrgyzstan

WE Week: Donna M. Mertens on Peer-to-Peer Support Program Experience in Kyrgyzstan

 

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 aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

International Policy Update - 10 Highlights About Evaluation and the UN's New Sustainable Development Goals

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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Wilton Park Conference Report

New frontiers for evaluation in an era of market-oriented development

Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 July 2015 | WP1411

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EvalStory videos promoting the International Year of Evaluation are now available online!

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 jgandin@universalia.com. 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 aselakalugampitiya@yahoo.ie

UN Women and the ACTIL | Training on Gender-responsive National Evaluation Capacity

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.

EvalYear SDGs Innovation Challenge Call for Proposals Supported by Thomson Reuters

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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Webinar: The Road Ahead ---> From MDGs to SDGs. The New Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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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