Integrating Technology into Evaluation

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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ITE TIG Week: Sailing Through A Post-Truth Pandemic Portal Towards Post Normal Evaluators and Evaluation by Ichhya Pant

Namaste to my fellow evaluators in the United States and worldwide. My name is Ichhya Pant and I am a Doctoral Candidate and Research Scientist at the GWU School of Public Health. As I write my first ever AEA365 blog post, I can’t help but reflect on the monumental year we just experienced. Much has …

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ITE TIG Week: Developing Practical Skills and Critical Consciousness for Tech-enabled Evaluation by Zach Tilton, Linda Raftree, Kecia Berterman, and Ichhya Pant

Hi! We’re Zach Tilton, Linda Raftree, Kecia Berterman, and Ichhya Pant from the Integrating Technology into Evaluation Topical Interest Group. We’re thrilled to share with AEA365 readers a week of posts about the intersection of technology and evaluation. Though we’re certainly biased, we believe the new year provides a great opportunity to pause and take …

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ITE TIG Week: The Role of Evaluators in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Valentine J Gandhi

Hi, my name is Valentine J Gandhi and I am the Senior Researcher, Evaluator and ICT4D Expert at The Development Café. In development agencies across the globe from donors to implementers there is discussion about emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, big data, internet of things (IoT). Given the hype, evaluators have a responsibility …

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ITE TIG Week: Designing a “Center” for M&E Practitioners on GitHub by Mala Kumar

Open Source in ICT4D and M&E My name is Mala Kumar, and for a decade, I worked as a tech for international development (ICT4D) practitioner designing and deploying digital products throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and New York. As is the case with many ICT4D practitioners, much of my work took on a heavy monitoring and …

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ITE TIG Week: Integrating Technology into the Evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives by Eric Barela

Hello. I’m Eric Barela, Salesforce.org’s Director of Measurement & Evaluation. Part of my job is to evaluate elements of a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. Corporations are increasingly being called upon to focus on what is called the Triple Bottom Line, which consists of profit, planet, and people. CSR programs are designed to encourage public …

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