Democracy and Governance

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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DG TIG Week: Interactive Strategies + Deliberative Democracy = Meaningful Measures by Giovanni Dazzo

I’m Giovanni Dazzo, co-chair of the Democracy & Governance TIG and an evaluator with the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL). I’m going to share how we collaborated with our grantees to develop a set of common measures—around policy advocacy, training and service delivery outcomes—that would be meaningful to them, …

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DG TIG Week: Distinctive Factors in Evaluating Democratic Development by Denise Baer

Greetings from D.C.!  I am Denise Baer, a political scientist and professional evaluator who directs the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) evaluation unit.  I wanted to share some lessons about program evaluation of democratizations projects, as democratization is both challenging and distinctive compared to other areas of evaluation practice. Lessons Learned: Development in emerging …

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