Internal Evaluation

IED UN Week: Lessons Learned by Demetra Arapakos

My name is Demetra Arapakos and I am a Chief of Section in IED/OIOS. If there is one thing I’ve learned during my three decades as an evaluator, it is that you always keep learning!  Given the challenges our office faces (that you may have been reading about this week), learning from what did not …

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IED UN Week: A case in point – IED in action by Mona Fetouh

Hello AEA! My name is Mona Fetouh and I work with OIOS-IED as an evaluation Team Leader. My colleagues have already described the overall process, scoping and methods involved in IED evaluations. How do we put this all together to develop evaluation reports that hold UN entities accountable and contribute to learning and institutional improvement? …

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IED UN Week: Marvelous Methods! By Pankaj Verma

My name is Pankaj Verma and I work as an Evaluation Officer in IED. Yesterday’s post was about how we scope our evaluations in IED. Today is all about our methods. In the past, methodology usually fell under two broad approaches: qualitative and quantitative. A third approach, mixed-methods, is often used by researchers and evaluators …

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IED UN Week: Head on: Tackling the challenges IED faces in conducting its evaluations by Juan Carlos Peña

Hi – I’m Juan Carlos Peña, one of the Section Chiefs at IED. I’ve found that evaluation culture in the UN is slowly, but steadfastly improving; however, there’s a lot to be done to ensure that everyone get on the evaluation train! From our unique oversight perspective, there are several critical and strategic challenges IED …

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IED UN Week: Scoping it out! Scoping and planning evaluations in the United Nations by Sinduja Srinivasan and Srilata Rao

Hi – it’s Sinduja Srinivasan again, from yesterday’s intro post! And I’m Srilata Rao, one of the Section Chiefs in IED. As the intro mentioned, IED work spans a diverse set of topics. In the last few years, we’ve worked on evaluations on international criminal tribunals to outer space affairs! So how do we scope …

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IED UN Week: Evaluating the United Nations Secretariat’s Work by Michael Craft and Sinduja Srinivasan

Hello to all! Our names are Michael Craft and Sinduja Srinivasan. We are evaluators at the United Nations Secretariat within the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED). Our office is celebrating 25 years of evaluation work, telling the United Nations what it needs to know to be more relevant, efficient …

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Navigating Organizational Politics and Paving the Way for Real Organizational Change by Cynthia Cortez

I’m Cynthia Cortez, current Director of Evaluation and Learning at Bresee Foundation, a multi-service non-profit focused on battling poverty. My experience in promoting organizational improvement as an internal evaluator has taught me something very important: recognize how politics mediates improvement. Politics. Yes, I know it can be triggering. Yet, it’s always present and as a professor used …

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IE TIG Week: Building a Learning Culture via Communities of Practice by Molly Chen and Sarah Frazer

Greetings! We are Molly Chen, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) Specialist from the International Development Group’s Global Health Division and Sarah Frazer, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist from the Governance and Economic Development division at RTI International, an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial …

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IE TIG Week: Using Evaluation of Service Geography for Organizational Improvement by Matan BenYishay and Allison Guarino

Hello! We are Matan BenYishay, Program Evaluation Manager, and Allison Guarino, Quality Improvement Coordinator, at AIDS Action Committee, the public health division of Fenway Health in Boston. We are sharing a lesson from our low-threshold Drug-User Health Program called Access. Among other services, this program trains and distributes Naloxone to People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) …

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IE TIG Week: You’re Invited! How Data Parties Contribute to a Culture of Participation in Internal Evaluation Activities by Omoshalewa Bamkole

Hi! I’m Omoshalewa Bamkole, an Evaluation Fellow in the Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD) in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I recently worked with colleagues to host a data party for internal stakeholders for the first time! What’s a data party? …

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