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The International Evaluation Partnership Initiative

The International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE)1 and UNICEF, in partnership with several major organizations, launched an innovative partnership to enhance the capacities of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to influence policy makers, public opinion and other key stakeholders so that public policies are based on evidence, and incorporate considerations of equity and effectiveness. The objective of the Initiative is to enhance the capacities of CSOs to engage in a strategic and meaningful manner in national evaluation processes, contributing to improved country-led evaluation systems and policies that are equity-focused and gender equality responsive.

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EvalYear

EvalYear, a Global Initiative of Coordinated Local Action

EvalPartners, the global movement to strengthen national evaluation capacities, is proud to announce that 2015 was declared as the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) at the
Third International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities organized in São Paulo, Brazil,
29 Sep-2 Oct 2013.

The aim of designating 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation is to advocate and promote evaluation and evidence-based policy making at international, regional, national and local levels.

We invite you to join this global movement by visiting EvalYear website at http://mymande.org/evalyear/Declaring_2015_as_the_International_Year_of_Evaluation

Governments, international partners and civil society need to know how policies and programs shape the lives of people today and in future generations. Given this, EvalPartners is facilitating a global dialogue among regional and national evaluation actors, evaluation offices of International Organizations, including UN agencies and the World Bank’s IEG, OECD/DAC and developing countries, private foundations and other key stakeholders. The aim of the dialogue is to advocate and promote evaluation and evidence-based policy making at international, regional, national and local levels through 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear).

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Advocating for Evaluation:

A toolkit to develop advocacy strategies to strengthen an enabling environment for evaluation

This toolkit contains guidance and tools on how to plan, design, implement, monitor and evaluate advocacy strategies to promote national evaluation policies and systems that are equity-focused and gender-responsive.

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Innovation Challenge

EvalPartners, the global partnership to strengthen national evaluation capacities, is pleased to announce the winners of the Innovation Challenge to strengthen the demand and use of evaluation. The Innovation Challenge is organized in the context of 2015 International Year for Evaluation (EvalYear).

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Peer-to-Peer (P2P) support program

The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) support program is an outcome of the Global EvalPartners Forum on Civil Society’s Evaluation capacities in Chiang Mai in December 2012. P2P program  is an integral part of the EvalPartners Initiative. P2P program offers an innovative approach to strengthening individual VOPEs’ capabilities by taking advantage of and maximizing capacities and experiences within the global community of Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluations (VOPEs). 

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EvalPartners International Forum on Civil Society’s Evaluation Capacities

Within the EvalPartners initiative, an International EvalPartners Forum was organized on 3-6 December 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the aim of strengthening evaluation capacities of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in general, and Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) in particular.

The Forum facilitated the sharing of good practice and lessons learned by VOPEs and others engaged in Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD), while identifying EvalPartners priorities to be implemented in 2013.

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e-Learning on Development Evaluation

UNICEF, Claremont Graduate University and IOCE, under the EvalPartners initiative, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and in partnership with UN Women, are pleased to announce the launch of the second round of introductory e-Learning programme on Development Evaluation. In the first round, almost 13.000 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 Evaluation
  • Curso introductorio de evaluación para América Latina y el Caribe COMING SOON
  • دورة تعليمية باللغة العربية حول تقييم التنمية COMING SOON
  • курс «Введение в оценку программ и проектов социальной направленности» COMING SOON

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WEBINAR Enabling Gender Responsive and Equity Focused Evaluation

On 31st January EvalPartners Equity Focused and Gender Responsive (EFGR) Task Force hosted a WEBINAR on Enabling Gender Responsive and Equity Focused evaluation (EFGR), as part of  the  EvalPartners initiative.  The webinar was Facilitated by Professor Donna M. Mertens.

This was the second webinar organized by the Task Force with particular responsibility for  promoting EFGR evaluation.

During the webinar Donna  Mertens addressed enabling factors that are relevant to sustaining and encouraging a gender responsive/equity focused orientation for evaluative practice, with specific attention given to the issues of  stakeholders’  involvement.

The presentation was followed by a discussion where online participants had the opportunity to raise questions and make their interventions via online chat facility. Please see the Q&A document with participant’s questions and Professor Donna M. Mertens’s responses.

Donna M. Mertens, PhD
Donna M. Mertens is a professor in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University and serves as the editor for the Journal for Mixed Methods Research. She conducts and consults on gender responsive and equity focused evaluations in many countries, including Kazakhstan, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Botswana, South Africa, Brazil, and Egypt. The primary focus of her work is transformative mixed-methods inquiry in diverse communities that prioritizes ethical implications of evaluation,  in pursuit of social justice. Her recent books include Program Evaluation Theory to Practice: A Comprehensive Guide and Transformative Research and Evaluation.

 

 

EvalPartners and Claremont Evaluation Center scholarships

EvalPartners and Claremont Evaluation Center, with the financial support of Rockefeller Foundation, are proud to announce the creation of a scholarship fund to financially support evaluators working in, or originally from, a country located in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, or East and Central Europe (non EU countries) to attend the on-line 2013 Professional Development Workshop Series on Evaluation and Applied Research Methods that was held last 25-30 August 2013.

Available to attendees from across the world via Online Classroom, the 2013 series includes 22 one-day workshops for you to choose from, each one taught by leading experts in the field. A number of exciting topics will be taught this year, including (but not limited to): How to Design and Manage Equity-Focused Evaluations; Developmental Evaluation; Basics of Evaluation & Applied Research Methods; Grant Proposal Writing; Cultural Responsiveness in Applied Research and Evaluation; Introduction to Qualitative Methods; International Development Evaluation; Policy Evaluation, and more!  Visit www.cgu.edu/workshops for more information and workshop descriptions.

If you working in, or are originally from a country located in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, or East and Central Europe (non EU countries), we invite you to send your scholarship application to John.LaVelle@cgu.edu.

 

 

Books on roles of Civil Society/VOPEs in promoting evaluation capacities

EvalPartners has published two books in its series on the promotion of Civil Society’s roles in promoting evaluation capacities.  The first book, Evaluation and Civil Society. Stakeholders’ perspectives on National Evaluation Capacity Development,” contributed to international discussions on how different stakeholders can create synergies and partnerships to contribute to equity-focused and gender-responsive country-led evaluation systems. The second book, “Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs): Learning from Africa, Americas, Asia, Australasia, Europe and Middle East,” is focused on case studies highlighting the experiences of regional and national VOPEs.  They share their experiences in strengthening the capacities of individual evaluators to produce credible and useful evaluations, the institutional capacities of the VOPEs themselves, promoting equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluations, and, especially, the roles VOPEs are playing to improve the enabling environment for evaluation in their countries.

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Progress Report

Highlights on key progress with EvalPartners

We have the pleasure to share with you the key progress done within EvalPartners.

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