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EvalPartners Newsletter #21

As the International Year of Evaluation Ends, EvalPartners looks to the future in this new special newsletter. This has been quite a year! The International Year of Evaluation was full of gatherings and events promoting evaluation. Over 88 EvalYear events took place all around the world. – The final event of EvalYear is held in Pakistan (Dec 30 and 31). This special issue of the newsletter is intended to share with the global evaluation community a record of just some of the many activities which took place during the last two months of this extraordinary year.  The full list of EvalYear events is available on the website.

Click here to read the full newsletter.

Decalogue of Evaluation from a Gender Perspective

The Sustainable Development Goals represent an ambitious development agenda towards the year 2030.  Monitoring and evaluation will play a central role in ensuring and supporting effective compromise and implementation at country level.  This major challenge also represents an opportunity to overcome gender blindness in evaluations that perpetuates and even reinforces gender inequalities. Reducing gender gaps is not only a matter of justice, but a key factor to boost development, productivity and poverty reduction.

The launch of Evalgender+ in Katmandu inspired a group of women from different Spanish-speaking countries to produce a DECALOGUE OF EVALUATION FROM A GENDER PERSPECTIVE.  This Decalogue offers input to include a gender perspective in evaluations and to help avoid the evaporation and technocratization of gender issues in the policy and practice of evaluation.

We are pleased to share the Decalogue with the EvalGender+ community and invite all to give us your feedback and comments.

This is a contribution by:

Fabiola Amariles and Silvia Salinas (LA&C Network of Women in Management REDWIM),

Julia Espinosa and María Bustelo (Gender Group of European Evaluation Society EES),

Alejandra Faúndez and Marisa Weinstein (Gender, Evaluation and Human Rights group of LA&C Network of Evaluation ReLAC).

Spanish version:
English version:

Expression of Interest required from highly qualified firms for ICIMOD five yearly independent evaluation (QQR)

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. (Read more)

After more than 30 years of growth in many dimensions, the Fifth Quinquennial Review (QQR), covering the period of 2011 to 2015, is scheduled for the first half of the year 2016. It will provide a timely opportunity to review past achievements, critical issues, and the current work programme, and to identify clear options for the future.

The purpose of the review is both to provide accountability to the Board, ICIMOD Support Group (ISG), and other stakeholders and to strengthen ICIMOD’s functioning based on the conclusions and recommendations of the review.

ICIMOD is seeking Expression of Interest from the consultancy firms for the QQR. Individual consultants don’t apply for this.

Please structure your Expression of Interest (EOI) in the following format and submit by 31 January 2016. Please download the TOR for the QQR for your ready reference. 

Please view the ICIMOD website for more information.

Call for Proposals: Canadian Evaluation Society annual Conference June 5-8, 2016

Call for Proposals:  Canadian Evaluation Society annual Conference June 5-8, 2016

The Conference Organizing Committee of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) invites submissions from program evaluators for presentations at the annual conference which will be held in St. John's Newfoundland, Canada from June 5-8, 2016.  Conference themes will explore the leading edge of evaluation in terms of approaches and methods, but also of technology, professionalization, influence, and culture. 

Submission guidelines can be found here:

Deadline: January 15, 2016.

Bursaries for global south evaluators -- the CES Board of Directors has approved a small number of bursaries for successful RFP applicants from the global south to help offset the cost of travel.  Eligibility for the $1,000 CDN award includes evaluators who :  

. reside in one of the countries of the Global South (defined as medium or lower Human Development Index,, United Nations 2014 Human Development Report, Table 1, p. 160),

. have had a submission to the CES 2016 Conference accepted by the Scientific Review Committee, and

. have never attended a CES National Conference.

For more information contact

All the best,
Susan Hollett and Monique Campbell
CES Conference 2016 Co-Chairs


Appel d'offres: présentations pour le Congrès annuel de la Société canadienne d'évaluation le 5 à 8 juin, 2016

Le Comité organisateur du Congrès 2016 de la Société canadienne d'évaluation (SCÉ) invite les professionnels en évaluation, membres de la communauté universitaire et autres présentateurs à soumettre une proposition de présentation.  Les thèmes du Congrès explorent la fine pointe des approches et des méthodes d'évaluation, mais aussi de la technologie, de la professionnalisation, de l’influence et de la culture.

Les directives pour soumettre une proposition se trouvent içi:

Échéance:  15 janvier, 2016

Subventions aux évaluateurs du sud -- le Conseil national de la SCÉ à approuvé quelques subventions pour les candidats retenus qui proviennent des pays en voie de développement, comme contribution à defrayer les coûts de voyage.  Les critères d’admissibilité  pour la bourse de 1 000 $ CDN sont les suivants :  

. être un évaluateur résidant dans un pays du sud (c.-à.-d. ayant un indice de développement humain de la catégorie « moyenne » ou moins, selon le Rapport sur le développement humain des Nations Unies, Table 1, p. 160)

. être un évaluateur dont la proposition de communication au Congrès SCÉ 2016 a été acceptée par le Comité scientifique et

. n’avoir jamais assisté au Congrès national de la SCÉ.
Pour plus d'informations, soyez bienvenues à contacter 

Susan Hollett et Monique Campbell
Co-présidentes du Congrès 2016 de la SCÉ

UN Women Independent Evaluation Office December Events

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

Come to DNB Room 19-20, 19th floor, RSVP to or join online here


Enhancing the Use of Evaluation to Support the Achievement of Gender Equality

Tuesday, 15 December, 9.00am - 10.30am EST

Come to DNB Room 19-20, 19th floor, RSVP to or join online here

#EvalYear Twitter Chat: Moving Toward a Global Evaluation Agenda, 2016-2020

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!

Launch of the Algerian Evaluation Network

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.

Algerian Evaluation Network Algerian Evaluation Network

UN Women Webinar: What have we learned from evaluations of Corporate Gender Mainstreaming?

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).

Speakers include:
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.

Speakers include:
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:

Call for Expression of Interest for Team Leader and Members for the Independent Evaluation of the Evaluation Function

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: indicating “Independent Evaluation of the Evaluation Function” in the subject line, no later than 31 October 2015.

Click here for more information.

Request for Proposal - Evaluation of UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet)

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.

Click here for more information.

Action/2015 is seeking a consultant or team of consultants to carry out the final evaluation of the action/2015 campaign

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 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 no later than 16 October 2015, 11:59PM EST.

Click here to view the full RFP with more details

Register now for e-Learning on Development Evaluation

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:

Equity-focused and Gender-responsive Evaluations

National Evaluation Capacity Development for Country-led Monitoring and Evaluation Systems

Emerging Practices in Development Evaluations

Introduction to Evaluating Humanitarian Action

Advocating for Evaluation

Curso introductorio de evaluación para América Latina y el Caribe

курс «Введение в оценку программ и проектов социальной направленности»

دورة تعليمية باللغة العربية حول تقييم التنمية

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

EvalPartners 2nd Global Evaluation Forum | Supplementary Call for Applications for Young/Emerging Evaluators

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).

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 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...

Click here to read the article.

Wilton Park Conference Report

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

Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 July 2015 | WP1411

Click here to view the full report.

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

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 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

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.

Click here to view the event brochure.

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.

Click here to learn more.

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!

Details for the Webinar

Friday, August 28, 2015
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