International and Cross-cultural 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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Lessons Learned: How to Compare Evaluation Approaches of Botswana Innovation Actors by Pierce Gordon

Hello! I’m Pierce Gordon, recent Ph.D. grad and independent innovation and evaluation consultant. I’ve been researching the evaluation approaches for the Botswana Innovation System for two years, and I thought my methods and insights would be uniquely useful to the AEA community. Recently, innovation has become the topic du jour for development practice, and Botswana’s …

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ICCE TIG Week: Data privacy starts at the design phase! By Linda Raftree

Linda Raftree, Digital Safeguarding Consultant, here to remind us that data privacy starts at the design phase. These days, discussion about data privacy and security seems to be everywhere. This increase in awareness has been spurred in part by legislation like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), however high profile data breaches and manipulation …

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ICCE TIG Week: Boundaries in International Evaluation by Michele Tarsilla

Hello! My name is Michele Tarsilla (Twitter: MiEval_TuEval) and I am the UNICEF Regional Evaluation Adviser for West and Central Africa. I am also the Associate Editor of the African Evaluation Journal (aejonline.org) and the AEA International Buddy Program Coordinator. I recently gave a workshop on “Crossing Technical and Personal Boundaries in Evaluation towards more …

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ICCE TIG Week: Invisibility in Evaluation by Stephen Porter

I am Stephen Porter, an evaluator in Oxfam, an international non-governmental organization (INGO). A major part of my job is to provide evidence on whether people live equitably and free from the injustice of poverty.  When conducting evaluations we often seek to apply tools to improve the quality and use of evaluations in an ethical …

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