Ex-post Eval Week: Measuring sustainability post-program –go in and stay for the learning! By Holta Trandafili

Greetings, I am Holta Trandafili, a researcher and evaluator captivated by sustainability theories and the sustainment of results. I believe that a thoughtful, systematic inquiry of what happens after an intervention ends adds value to what we know about sustainability. Since 2015 I have co-led ten post-program evaluations (also known as ex-posts) in Uganda, Kenya, …

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Ex-post Eval Week: Evaluating Peace for Sustainability by Peter Kimeu Ngui

Peace is with you. My name is Peter Kimeu Ngui, the Founder and CEO of Decent Living Institute of Organic Farming with extensive experience on reflective peace and partnership building in Africa. Is there anything like a ‘just world’? Can peace be ‘sustainable’? These two closely related questions must be in mind of evaluators of peace …

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Ex-post Eval Week: Tips for Conducting an Ex-Post Evaluation by Wendi Bevins

I am Wendi Bevins, and when my boss told me in 2017 that we were going to conduct an ex-post evaluation, I was thrilled. At the time I was the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at Lutheran World Relief[1] (LWR). I was thrilled to go back to a closed project and evaluate it against our original …

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Ex-post Eval Week: Are we serious about project sustainability and exit? By Abu Ala Hasan

I am Abu Ala Hasan, an independent consultant. I am an anthropologist, have been working in the NGO sector for 17 years. A large portion of my work are evaluations and research. In 2018 we (Jindra Cekan and I) were selected to design exit strategy and learning documentation for a client. When we started, we …

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Ex-post Eval Week: Exiting For Sustainability by Jindra Cekan

Hello. My name is Jindra Cekan, and I am the Founder and Catalyst of Valuing Voices at Cekan Consulting LLC. Our research, evaluation and advocacy network have been working on post-project (ex-post) evaluations since 2013. Do we exit global development projects knowing our impacts are sustained? We hope so. As Professor Bea Rogers of Tufts said after evaluating 12 …

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ITE TIG Week: Doing no harm with technology in evaluation: Part 2 by Antony Maikuri, Veronica Olazabal, and Vidhya Shanker

Hello again! It’s Antony, Veronica, and Vidhya back to consider what an expanded and deepened idea of harm and healing means in practice for the integration of technology into evaluation. In much of our work, tools such as information systems, mobile data, biometric registration, and digital dashboards are increasingly used to collect, identify, and track …

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ITE TIG Week: Doing no harm with technology in evaluation: Part 1 by Antony Maikuri, Veronica Olazabal, and Vidhya Shanker

Hello! We are Antony Maikuri of the University of Minnesota, Veronica Olazabal of The Rockefeller Foundation, and independent evaluator/scholar Vidhya Shanker. Today we start a two-part entry that continues an ongoing conversation about harm, healing, and evaluation. Tomorrow, we consider what expanding and deepening our ideas about harm and healing means in practice for the …

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ITE TIG Week: Hot Tips for Effective Virtual Data Collection by Ghazia Aslam and Sarah Lunsford

Hi! We’re Ghazia Aslam and Sarah Lunsford of EnCompass LLC, with some tips on the “virtues” of virtual data collection. Virtual data collection has many benefits. With this year’s restrictions on travel, effective virtual data collection has become even more important. It can be quick to deploy, reduce cost and environmental footprint, achieve high coverage, …

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ITE TIG Week: Open Source for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) by Stephanie Coker

I’m Stephanie Coker, an Evaluation Consultant at TCC Group and a member of the MERL Center Working Group on GitHub. While my evaluation, research, and monitoring work has focused on several topical areas including advocacy and international development, my work has also led me to using Open Source tools and developing content about Open Source …

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ITE TIG Week: MEL at the Speed of Response: Humanitarian Data for Decision-Making by Carly Olenick and Alex Tran

Hi! We are Carly Olenick and Alex Tran here from Mercy Corps. Most of Mercy Corps’ emergency responses, both rapid response and protracted, involve distributions in the form of cash, vouchers, food, or non-food items. We follow these distributions with post distribution monitoring (PDM) surveys to understand the quality, efficacy, and utilization of the assistance.  …

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