International and Cross-cultural Evaluation

ICCE TIG Week: Inverting the Power Structure: lessons learned in moving evaluation practice into local communities by Nimisha Poudyal and Becky Findley

Warm greetings, evaluators! We are Nimisha Poudyal and Becky Findley. We are internal evaluators at Unbound, a humanitarian organization working in 19 countries through a cash transfer program with a sponsorship funding model. Traditional program implementation and funding structures in the nonprofit and development sector utilize evaluation to demonstrate effectiveness to management and donors. A …

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ICCE TIG Week: Culturally Responsive and Equitable Approaches in Evaluation Practice by Liudmila Mikhailova

Hi, I am Liudmila Mikhailova, an evaluation practitioner with 28 years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating U.S. government foreign assistance/diplomacy programs with fieldwork in 25 countries. I also teach two George Washington University’s International Education Program courses: International Program Evaluation and International Program Design. The last decade has witnessed a significant effort in the …

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ICCE TIG Week: Evaluating Sustainability: How Do We Measure Up? by Jindra Cekan/ova

Welcome to sustainability! I’m Jindra Cekan/ova, 30+ years in global development, founder of Valuing Voices, Sustainable Solutions for Excellent Impact. There is a compelling need to prove international projects and programs are as sustainable and long-term as we promise.  However, evaluators of foreign aid during project implementation have a very limited set of tools with …

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ICCE TIG Week: Localization: How Do We Do This Well? by Lisa Frantzen

Hi, I’m Lisa Frantzen, Senior Consultant, Evaluation and Learning at TCC Group. I work with foundations, NGOs, and companies to strengthen their practices to use evaluation with a learning mindset. Over the last few years, I’ve worked with more and more clients that are asking questions about how they can shift power and leadership of …

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ICCE TIG Week: Ensuring Child Rights in Program Evaluation by Dawn Pauls

Hello! I’m Dawn Pauls, a program evaluator living in Saint Paul, MN.  This blog post is adapted from my final paper in a recent course in International Development Program Evaluation at the University of Minnesota. Designing innovative evaluation methods for determining to what extent the world’s most vulnerable children are assured of their human rights could help …

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ICCE TIG Week: The Self-Reliance Index: Supporting the Self-Reliance of Displaced Persons Through Data by Amy Gray, Ned Meerdink, and Simar Singh

Hi! We are Amy Gray, Senior Program Officer For Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), Ned Meerdink, Senior Programs Officer, and Simar Singh, Senior Programs Manager at RefugePoint, an international organization advancing lasting solutions for at-risk refugees, and supporting the humanitarian community to do the same. According to UNHCR’s 2022 Global Appeal, the number of forcibly …

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ICCE TIG Week: AEA’s International Working Group and the International Evaluation Ecosystem by Lisa Frantzen, Amy Jersild, and Scott Chaplowe

Hi, we are Lisa Frantzen, Amy Jersild, and Scott Chaplowe, and we are members of AEA’s International Working Group (IWG). The IWG advises AEA’s Executive Director on international issues and policies that affect international members and conference participants. The IWG is comprised of evaluators who work and live in various parts of the globe, are involved …

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ICCE TIG Week: Livaluate by going within by Hayat Askar

Hi AEA365 community, Marhaba! My name is Hayat Askar, a Monitoring and Evaluation professional from Jordan and the Vice-president of Jordan Development Evaluation Association (EvalJordan). When Covid-19 first hit the world, I was like many others: scared, confused, worried about how this might impact my life, the life of my family, and the ones I …

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ICCE TIG Week: Embedding inclusive accountability by building trust by Jeremy Danz & Dhaval Kothari

Hello everyone. We are Jeremy Danz and Dhaval Kothari, co-founders of The ADMEL Lab, a collaborative focusing on embedding inclusive accountability in M&E frameworks. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked on COVID-19 contact tracing programs in Massachusetts and Washington and on corruption and governance programs throughout South Asia, as well as …

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ICCE TIG Week: Meeting The Moment at Minwashin Lodge by Florence Etta

My name is Florence Etta (she/her), currently a Principal Consultant, researcher, monitoring and evaluation expert focusing on gender equality, equity and human rights with GRAIDE International Consultants Limited, Nigeria http://graideinternational.org/. I serve as Associate Editor of the African Evaluation Journal (aejonline.org). Late last year I was interviewed by the Melissa Pomeroy and Rogerio Silva of …

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