Democracy and Governance

DG TIG Week: Recent Developments in Outcome Harvesting – an Approach Tested on DRG Program Evaluation by Salome Tsereteli-Stephens

Hello! I am Salome Tsereteli-Stephens and I am the deputy director of Research, Evaluation and Learning Division of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). I’ve been fascinated with Outcome Harvesting (OH) for a number of years as it’s a participatory method, particularly well-suited for complex programs and have tried to test …

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DG TIG Week: Broadening the Circle: Involving the Evaluated in Evaluation Process by Natalie Trisilla

Greetings! I’m Natalie Trisilla and I lead the International Republican Institute’s Office of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning. We lead dozens of internal evaluations annually. These occur throughout the project lifecycle – from needs assessments and baseline evaluations to mid-point and final evaluations. We always strive to involve our program staff colleagues, who actually implement the …

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DG TIG Week: Evaluating Complex Rule of Law Programs Using Contribution Analysis by Jeanette Tocol

Hi! I am Jeanette Tocol, and I am a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer from Research, Evaluation and Learning Division of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). Hot Tip: In a recent internal evaluation I conducted, I used contribution analysis (CA) to assess the extent of contribution of a court automation …

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DG TIG Week: Developing a Collaboration Tool to Assess Collective Action Coalitions by Martina Hrvolova and Elizabeth Lenz Jedwab

Hi – we are Martina Hrvolova and Elizabeth Lenz Jedwab, part of the program teams for Europe and Eurasia at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). As a democracy organization, we see collective action coalitions as natural partners for us in many countries. After spending more time with these groups, we found we needed …

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DG TIG Week: Exploring Power and Values in the Democracy and Human Rights Space by Giovanni Dazzo

Hi, I’m Giovanni Dazzo, evaluator with the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). As an evaluator embedded within a program office, I often hear questions from our staff and grantees on whether we are valuing the right outcomes or measuring what matters. In this post, I’ll outline how we questioned …

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DG TIG Week: Our Coming “Inflection” Point by Denise Baer

Hello, and welcome to the Democracy and Governance (DG) TIG Evaluation Week! This is Denise Baer, DG TIG Chair, adjunct faculty in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and Director of Evaluation for the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). Hot Tip: This week is designed to showcase some of the …

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DG TIG Week: Using a Learning Agenda to Bridge Academia and Practice by Laura Adams and Laura Ahearn

We are “the Lauras:” Laura Adams, Institute for International Education, USAID Democracy Fellow in Learning Utilization, and Laura Ahearn, Dexis Consulting Group, Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Specialist with the USAID LEARN contract. We both made mid-career moves from university faculties in the social sciences to the Learning Division of the Center of Excellence …

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DG TIG Week: Analyzing DRG Problems Holistically – and Strengthening M&E in the Process by Catherine Kelly and Jeanette Tocol

Hi, we are Catherine Kelly and Jeanette Tocol from the Research, Evaluation and Learning Division of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in Washington D.C. Democracy, rule of law, and governance practitioners often speak about the benefits of “holistic” and “systems-oriented approaches” to designing and assessing the effectiveness of programming.  Yet …

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DG TIG Week: M&E: An Intervention Itself by Natalie Trisilla

Happy Wednesday! I’m Natalie Trisilla, Senior Evaluation Specialist at the International Republican Institute (IRI). IRI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to advancing democracy and democratic principles worldwide. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are critical to our work as these practices help us to continuously improve our projects, capture and communicate results and ensure that project …

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DG TIG Week: Evaluating Political Networks for Democratic Change by Linda Stern

My name is Linda Stern, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) at the National Democratic Institute.  One challenge to evaluating democracy assistance programs is developing comparative metrics for change in political networks overtime. The dynamism within political networks and the fluidity of the political environments make traditional cause-and-effect frameworks and indicators superficial for capturing …

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