AEA365 | A Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators

TAG | EvalYouth

Mar/17

22

Engaging with EvalYouth by Khalil Bitar

I am Khalil Bitar (EvalYouth Vice-Chair). Along with Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead and Marie Gervais (EvalYouth Co-Chairs), I am very glad to have connected with all of you throughout our recent sponsored week. During the week, we presented EvalYouth, its achievements so far, and our plans for the near future. Despite the prominent work EvalYouth has achieved thus far, there is still more work to do.  EvalYouth hopes to build on our successes to achieve a lot more in 2017 and 2018.  Today, I’d like to tell you more about how to engage with EvalYouth.

Hot Tips:

During our sponsored week, you learned about the work of Task Force 1, Task Force 2, and Task Force 3.  We plan to start a fourth task force in 2017 focusing on youth inclusion in evaluation.  To do all this, we need the engagement of more members who are passionate about the future of Evaluation.

There are multiple ways to engage with EvalYouth:

Rad Resources:

Take a moment to read EvalYouth’s Concept Note, which details the network’s goals and objectives, governance structures, and a lot more.

Bianca, Marie, and I hope that we were successful in shedding light on EvalYouth and its work during EvalYouth week on aea365.  We very much look forward to hearing from you!

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.

Hello to the young and emerging evaluators (YEEs), and to all partners and friends of EvalYouth! My name is Marie Gervais, and I co-chair EvalYouth, along with Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead and Khalil Bitar. I also serve as vice-president of IOCE. What achievements for EvalYouth since its launch 16 months ago! A strong mobilization of YEE around the world, dynamic working groups with effective leadership of YEE, strategic actions successfully implemented and a very promising future. In addition to the actions already mentioned by EvalYouth Task Force 1, Task Force 2 and Task Force 3 in previous posts, I will be talking today about promising milestones of EvalYouth for 2017.

Milestones Set for 2017  –

EvalYouth will build upon its’ successes, and has set a number of milestones for 2017.  A few are included below:

  • A fruitful contribution of EvalYouth to the EvalPartners 3rd Global Evaluation Forum (GEF) organized by EvalPartners, together with IOCE, UNEG, the Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation, the Kyrgyz M&E Network, and the Eurasian Evaluation Network to be held April 26 to 28, 2017 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. EvalYouth and a YEE delegation will be there! We will review progress of the EvalAgenda 2020, particularly in support of the SDGs, and will map out productive partnerships for the future. An excellent opportunity for EvalYouth to celebrate accomplishments, draw lessons learned, identify good practices, explore fruitful collaborations, raise awareness of responsibilities, and plan for more results in coming years.
  • An effective co-sponsorship of the “youth and emerging evaluators strand” at the 8th AfrEA Conference to be held March 27 to 31 in Kampala, Uganda. A very interesting program for YEE, good opportunities to meet seasoned evaluators, and to delve into the challenges of evaluation in Africa and beyond.
  • Enhanced membership and new partnerships to build the capacity of EvalYouth and its Task Forces to realize their ambitions.
    • A call to the YEE: Become ambassadors for EvalYouth and actively participate in its activities. Engage in your national and regional VOPEs and set up YEE groups. Leverage networking and capacity building opportunities!
    • A call to partners: Are you interested in supporting young or new evaluators who will be tomorrow’s leaders in the field? Join us to create enabling opportunities for and with them!

Rad Resources:

There are multiple ways to stay tuned to the future of EvalYouth and to contribute to the future of evaluation:

  • Be familiar and advocate for the EvalAgenda 2020;
  • Check EvalPartners website for updates about the 3rd GEF and for opportunities for self-improvement and for connections with the global community in evaluation;
  • Follow EvalYouth on social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube;
  • Check IOCE website to find information about the VOPE of your country or region.

Join us, together we can!

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating EvalYouth week. EvalYouth addresses the need to include youth and young people in evaluation. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from members of EvalYouth. 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.

 

· · ·

Hello, my name is Josette Arevalo, EvalYouth Co-Chair of Task Force 3 (Organization of conferences) and Co-Chair of EvalYouth LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean). Since November 2015, I have been part of a group of motivated young people that seek to improve the evaluation capacities of young and emerging evaluators worldwide.  This post focuses on sharing hot tips, rad resources, and lessons learned related to the first virtual EvalYouth conference, which took place on December 3rd, 2016.

Lessons Learned: Below I highlight some of the accomplishments achieved prior to and during the first virtual EvalYouth conference.

Planning Milestones:

  • Commitment: EvalYouth appointed two co-chairs (Sofia Estevez and myself) and a secretariat (Antonina Rishko-Porcescu), whom, along a small group of EvalYouth members, started planning the virtual conference through monthly online meetings.
  • Inclusion: The Task Force conducted an online poll to choose conference topic and sub-themes in a participatory process.
  • Exchange: Task Force leaders developed a conference program and confirmed participation of renowned international evaluation experts.
  • Innovation: The Task Force developed a implemented a multilingual (English, Spanish, and French) promotion strategy using social media, email, and VOPE support, to ensure young and emerging evaluators (YEEs) across the globe were aware of this opportunity.

Conference Achievements:

  • Reach and Diversity: Almost 600 participants from all continents across the world registered for the conference.
  • Inclusiveness: The conference was broadcast in English, with real-time translation into Spanish and French.
  • Engagement: The conference chat was actively used and the presentations included time for audience questions and presenter responses.
  • Efficiency: The conference was made possible with just under $5,000 USD. We received several positive comments and reactions about the virtual conference. Among the most notable, Ziad Moussa, President of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), said, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. EvalYouth proved that evaluation conferences can be done differently! Congratulations!”
  • Relevance: In a post-conference survey, conference attendees indicated that the conference had a noticeable or strong impact on their knowledge about how to build an evaluation career.

Rad Resources: A recent aea365 blog post noted that readers were interested in resources on (i) how to get started in this field for emerging evaluators and tips on how to become a full-time evaluator, (ii) skills you need to develop to become an evaluator, and (iii) different ways to enter into the field.  These topics were covered in the first virtual EvalYouth conference, which was recorded and is available for FREE on EvalYouth’s YouTube channel.  Like the conference, the recordings are available in English, Spanish, and French.

Get Involved: We are currently planning the first face-to-face EvalYouth conference. We hope it will be as successful as our first virtual conference. Please send us an email (EvalYouth@gmail.com) if you would like to join the conference planning team.  To receive updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating EvalYouth week. EvalYouth addresses the need to include youth and young people in evaluation. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from members of EvalYouth. 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.

Hi Colleagues! We are Antonella Guidoccio, Mohamed Rage, and Qudratullah Jahid and we coordinate Task Force 2 charged with developing a mentoring program for Young and Emerging Evaluators (YEEs). We want to share our experience of how to design a mentoring program in a collaborative and inclusive way.

We started by conducting a needs and assets assessment to: a) understand the ways in which organizations that commission and/or use evaluation engage in YEE mentoring; and b) identify YEE mentoring gaps and opportunities for potential solutions.

Hot Tips: Gathering the same type of data across multiple regions is possible, but takes planning.  Below are the steps we implemented, which might be of use to others who are interested in doing surveys in more than one language:

  1. Identify multilingual volunteers, in our case a YEE, who can help translate the survey in 6 languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Ukrainian).
  2. Implement a pilot of the survey to assess survey clarity and respondent fatigue.
  3. Partner with VOPEs (Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation) to distribute the survey to their members.
  4. Engage multilingual volunteers, again YEEs in our case, to do the data analysis in the different languages.
  5. Conduct online workshops with Task Force members to discuss the findings in regards to the questions, and draw inferences from results about the design of a mentoring program (our goal).

Lessons Learned: We heard from over 300 individuals across 19 countries.  These individuals had either had a   We are still in the design phase of our program, but some interesting findings have emerged:

  • 90% of respondents characterized the need to have an evaluation mentoring program as a “high” priority;
  • 91% of respondents described unmet mentoring needs of YEEs in their countries;
  • Unmet mentoring needs of YEEs include more support in terms of work and internship opportunities, the opportunity to networking with experts, the need for more training in evaluation design, including report and evaluation proposal formulation; and
  • Overwhelmingly, respondents mentioned that the most appealing format for the mentoring program is an initial face-to-face meeting, with online follow up.

Below is an infographic that was designed by one of our task force members, Antonina Rishko-Porcescu, which summarizes the most important findings of the survey:

evalyouth

Get Involved: These are a few rad resources for you to look at:

  • Are you or have you been an evaluation mentor or mentee? Did you have experiences that you believe we should hear about?  If so, please send us an email (EvalYouth@gmail.com).
  • The Task Force is working on the formal dissemination of the results of the survey and on finalizing the design of the Mentoring Program. To be among the first to receive updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating EvalYouth week. EvalYouth addresses the need to include youth and young people in evaluation. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from members of EvalYouth. 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.

· · ·

Hello everyone! We are Task Force 1 (TF1) leaders, Rodrigo Luna (Nicaragua), Fazeela Hoosen (South Africa) and Alejandra Lucero (Argentina) and two taskforce members, Corey Smith (USA) and Amal Shanty (Palestine) from the global EvalYouth initiative. The aim of TF1 is to increase the engagement of Young and Emerging Evaluators (YEEs) in Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPE) governance and activities.

We are from different regions of the world but are working toward a common goal: increasing the inclusion and institutionalization of YEEs in the processes of VOPE governance. We believe that achieving this goal will foster the transfer of knowledge and experiences across generations and encourages YEEs to become future leaders in the evaluation profession. Our first step towards achieving this goal is to understand the contributions that are being made by YEEs as part of the decision-making processes within VOPEs, and what value YEEs can add to VOPE work.

The TF1 has started a mapping exercise on the current status and needs related to YEE involvement in VOPE governance, committees and activities in the different regions of the world. An online survey has been developed in different languages to ensure as many people who are working as part of VOPEs, get the opportunity to share their experiences with us. The results aims to identify the current YEEs already involved in VOPEs and will be used to inform strategies to further enhance YEE involvement in VOPEs.

Lesson Learned:

There is currently no baseline of the number of YEEs that are actively involved in VOPE work in the different countries and regions, and there is a lack of information on formal leadership pathways for YEEs in many VOPEs. This provides a rationale for the need to understand the extent of YEE involvement in VOPE’s governance, committees and activities. Moreover, it will assist in identifying the factors that have supported or hindered YEE involvement and what is needed to encourage YEE involvement in VOPEs.

Get Involved:

  • We invite VOPE leaders (current or past board members), those involved in the work of VOPEs, and YEEs to respond to this survey. You can respond in six languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, and Russian
  • EvalYouth TF1 holds monthly virtual meetings. So, if you are interested in contributing and being part of this important and exciting work we are doing, we would like to hear from you. Please send us an email to (EvalYouth@gmail.com)
  • Finally, we plan on undertaking a campaign to promote YEE sharing stories and experiences and to obtain the perceptions of VOPE leaders on why it is important to include YEE as part of a VOPE. The results of the survey and additional work of the TF1 will be announced at the next Global Forum in Kyrgyzstan.

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating EvalYouth week. EvalYouth addresses the need to include youth and young people in evaluation. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from members of EvalYouth. 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.

· ·

greeting-2-1

We are Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead (EvalYouth Co-Chair), Marie Gervais (EvalYouth Co-Chair), and Khalil Bitar (EvalYouth Vice-Chair).  As part of EvalYouth week on aea365, today we would like to share a bit of history about the initiative.

Hot Tips:

We reached a number of important milestones leading up to the launch of EvalYouth:

  • Marie Gervais and Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead were appointed Co-Chairs.
  • Marie and Bianca attended many conferences and meetings held by Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs), e.g., American Evaluation Association, Francophone Evaluation Network to gather ensure the crafting of EvalYouth’s agenda was inclusive and participatory.
  • EvalYouth established an internet presence, as an alternative pathway for stakeholder input, and to get the word out about important updates.
  • Through generous grant and donor support, EvalYouth was able to bring 27 young and emerging evaluators (YEEs) from across the globe to the EvalPartners 2nd Global Forum in Kathmandu, Nepal.

EvalYouth was formally launched in November at the 2015 Global Evaluation Week at the Parliament of Nepal in Kathmandu.  A number of the YEE who joined us in Nepal shared their hopes and dreams for EvalYouth.  We invite you to watch these videos (video language noted in parentheses):

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating EvalYouth week. EvalYouth addresses the need to include youth and young people in evaluation. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from members of EvalYouth. 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.

greeting-1

My name is Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead, and I co-chair EvalYouth, along with Marie Gervais and Khalil Bitar.  I also serve as a liaison between the American Evaluation Association, EvalYouth, and EvalPartners. This week, aea365 is focusing on EvalYouth.  Today, I will be talking about what EvalYouth is and introducing you to some of our rad resources.

Hot Tips:

  • EvalYouth is rooted in the idea that an investment in those new to our field and an investment in the inclusion of youth stakeholders is an investment in Evaluation itself.
  • EvalYouth, an EvalPartners initiative, has two overarching goals: (i) to promote Young and Emerging Evaluators (YEE) to become competent, experienced and well-networked professionals who contribute to evaluation capacity at national, regional and international levels; and (ii) to promote the inclusion of Youth and Young People (YYP) in evaluations conducted at the national, regional and international levels.
  • You do not need to be a young or emerging evaluator, nor a youth or young person to be a member of EvalYouth. You simply have to be passionate about and committed to investing in the future of evaluation.
  • EvalYouth is committed to reaching evaluators across the globe, and everything we do happens in more than one language.

Rad Resources:

  • Want to know more about EvalYouth? Check out our website.
  • Have questions about EvalYouth? Send us an email (EvalYouth@gmail.com).
  • Want to be among the first to hear about EvalYouth updates, projects, calls, etc? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
  • Want to see presentations EvalYouth has given or sponsored? Check out our YouTube channel.

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating EvalYouth week. EvalYouth addresses the need to include youth and young people in evaluation. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from members of EvalYouth. 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.

·

Archives

To top