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Evaluation 2030 – What Does the Future Look Like? | Independent Evaluation Group

Five opportunities to change what and how we evaluate as we take on three ambitious development agendas.

Caroline Heider, Director General of the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), World Bank shares five opportunities to change what and how we evaluate as we take on three ambitious development agendas.

Source: Evaluation 2030 – What Does the Future Look Like? | Independent Evaluation Group

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Invitation to join the Topical Working Group (TWG) on ‘Gender and Evaluation’

The European Evaluation Society is promoting the creation of a Topical Working Group (TWG) focused on Gender and Evaluation. The large number of presentations on gender at the last EES Biennial Conference (Praha, 2010), the recent development of gender-sensitive methodologies and the increase of evaluative practices related to gender equality have all motivated us to set up this Working Group and we would like to invite you to join the EES and participate in it.

The goal of this Working Group – conceived as an exchange forum for EES members – is to produce knowledge and promote exchange about integrating the gender dimension in evaluation. This includes Human-Rights based approaches and equity-focused evaluations, evaluation of specific gender actions as well as of gender components of larger policies or programmes, evaluation of gender mainstreaming strategies, feminist and gender-sensitive evaluations, and evaluation from a gender perspective. With this TWG we also aim at generating and improving our knowledge and skills on how to commission, manage and carry out evaluations from a gender perspective. It specifically seeks to present and share the different activities related to gender and evaluations: seminars, workshops, guidelines, methodologies, papers, good practices and webs of interest. We would like to connect the different individuals, institutions, organisations and companies currently working on this issue as well as to disseminate evaluation materials and opportunities.

The first meeting of this TWG will be held at our next Biennial Conference in Helsinki in early October (see http://www.ees2012.org/ ) and, if you have not done so yet, we would like to invite you to present paper and poster proposals related to gender and evaluation. The online registration to the 10th EES Biennial Conference is now open and the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to April 15th. If you have an idea of a panel, paper or poster, please do share your ideas with us, and we will assist you in putting together a proposal and coordinating with others.

We are also setting up an email list of individual and institutional members interested in this Topical Working Group. Please, let us know about your interest in joining this list and the TWG.

Please, do not hesitate to contact EES President María Bustelo for any comment, suggestion or question you may have about this initiative. http://www.europeanevaluation.org/about-ees/board-members.htm

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IPA is fighting Poverty with Innovation, Evidence and Action

Innovations for Poverty Action http://www.poverty-action.org is a US nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. We design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale. IPA uses randomized evaluations because they provide the highest quality and most reliable answers to what works and what does not. We also repeat studies in different countries to test if findings are really transferable.

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Consultation: how can commitment to evaluation be measured? Does it matter? Survey

Development practitioners and donors are gearing up for the Busan meeting on Aid Effectiveness later this month, which will focus on results. But will this renewed commitment translate into a more systematic use of evidence in policymaking?

To promote better use of evidence, 3ie is launching a Commitment to Evaluation index. The index will score donor agency and government use of evidence, identifying and rewarding progress and good practice. The index will be piloted next year for donor agencies, recognizing donors making systematic use of evidence, thus providing an incentive to others to do the same.

3ie’s initiative follows the example of other successful attempts to use awards or indexes to focus the attention of policymakers. Indexes such as the UN Development Programme’s Human Development index, Transparency International’s Corruption Perception index, and the Centre for Global Development’s new Quality of ODA (QuODA) index have raised awareness on key issues and influenced practice of governments and development agencies. In developing this measure, 3ie will draw from the lessons learned by similar initiatives on how best to award evaluation practices and build and run an effective index

We invite your inputs for designing the Commitment to Evaluation index. Click here to give your views on how commitment to evaluation can be measured and if it matters

Consultation: how can commitment to evaluation be measured? Does it matter? Survey.

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OECD-DAC Quality Standards for Development Evaluation

The OECD-DAC Quality Standards for Development Evaluation, built through international consensus, provide a guide to good practice. They are not intended to be used as a development evaluation manual, but they outline the key quality dimensions for each phase of a typical evaluation process: defining purpose, planning, designing, implementing, reporting, and learning from and using evaluation results. Principles informing the whole of the evaluation process are transparency and independence; integrity and respect for diversity; partnership, coordination and alignment; capacity development; and quality control.

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BMZ/GIZ-conference Systemic Approaches in Evaluation

evaluation-conference.de – Home.

BMZ/GIZ-conference Systemic Approaches in Evaluation (25-26 January 2011, Eschborn/Germany).

Here you will find the full documentation of the conference including the keynote speech, a summary of the panel discussion and the main findings of the conference. The visual facilitation and photos are also available.

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Writing Terms of Reference for an Evalulation: A How-To Guide

ecd_writing_TORs.pdf (application/pdf Object).

Writing Terms of Reference for an Evalulation: A How-To Guide
The terms of reference (ToR) document defines all aspects of how a consultant or a team will conduct an evaluation. It defines the objectives and the scope of the evaluation, outlines the responsibilities of the consultant or team, and provides a clear description of the resources available to conduct the study. Developing an accurate and wellspecified ToR is a critical step in managing a high-quality evaluation. This publication provides a step-by-step guide to preparing effective TORs for evaluation.

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Rural 21 Newsletter 1/2011

Newsletter 1/2011.

News

* Commitment by the German Development Ministry at the Berlin International Green Week – and at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA)
* Managing development in rural regions in West Africa
* Capacity Development for Agriculture and Rural Sectors: Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment
* New PRO-AGRO series launched

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ADB Approves Measures to Enhance Operations Evaluation Function

The Asian Development Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a series of measures to further enhance the independence and overall effectiveness of ADB’s operations evaluation function.

”These initiatives will further enhance the independence and effectiveness of ADB’s evaluation function and will place it at the forefront of international evaluation practice,” said Executive Director, Mr Phil Bowen, chair of the Working Group which also comprised fellow Executive Directors, Mr Howard Brown and Mr. Wencai Zhang, and ADB Managing Director General, Mr Rajat M. Nag.

The measures include extending the term of the Director General of the Operations Evaluation Department (OED) to five years from three years on a non-renewable basis; and the position to be appointed by ADB’s Board, upon the recommendation of the Development Effectiveness Committee of the Board, in consultation with the ADB President.

The Director General’s performance will be subject to annual review by the Chair of the Development Effectiveness Committee, and the budget of the OED will be approved by ADB’s Board separately from the Bank’s administrative budget. OED would be renamed the Independent Evaluation Department to reflect its enhanced independent status.

Although ADB has a clearly articulated model of independent evaluation that emphasizes organizational and behavioral independence, protection from influence, and the avoidance of conflicts of interest, OED’s credibility as an independent evaluation unit could be further enhanced by the measures, the report said. http://www.adb.org/article.asp?id=12756

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TrainEval – An advanced training programme for evaluation in development

TrainEval is an advanced training programme for evaluation in development, which has been adapted to the specific requirements of the EC evaluation approach. It has successfully been implemented since 2008 and is now going into its 4th round.

Development co-operation (DC) of the European countries as well as the European Commission has a long history of conducting evaluations. Evaluation processes and methods have continuously been systematised and elaborated. Consequently, donor agencies expect from their evaluators a high degree of professionalism and expertise in up to date and versatile methods.

Increasingly complex DC interventions (programming, sector or thematic strategies, SWAP, budget support) as well as impact based evaluations require an extensive knowledge of these methods.

As response to these requirements, AGEG Consultants eG together with Euronet Consulting EEIG has developed a tailor-made training programme, which provides participants with the necessary insights and a tool box of methods for conducting evaluations based on a defensible design and sound analysis leading to credible findings.

For more information on content, schedules and registration process, please visit our homepage www.traineval.org and feel free to send us your requests.