International and Cross-cultural Evaluation

ICCE TIG Week: Cross-analysis of evaluation reports for broader learning by Sandra Nkusi

Greetings from Toronto! I’m Sandra Nkusi, an Impact Measurement and Evaluation Analyst with the Ontario Trillium Foundation in Ontario, Canada. Lessons Learned: As the field of evaluation has matured and program evaluations have become more commonplace, a major challenge that I – and, I’m sure, many of you  – have encountered, is the ability to …

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ICCE TIG Week: Innovative M&E: testing interactive voice response (IVR) for rapid, mobile data collection by Nichelle Walton

Hello, I’m Nichelle Walton, Senior Associate – Organizational Performance at the Rockefeller Foundation, based in New York City.  In 2019, the Rockefeller Foundation launched a pilot test of interactive voice response (IVR) to enable rapid, mobile data collection about its programs. Mobile data collection is attractive as a supplement to more traditional M&E approaches because …

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ICCE TIG Week: Reflecting on evaluators’ responsibilities for social change by Rosie Emerson

Greetings from beautiful New Hampshire! I am Rosie Emerson—a Kenyan external evaluator of international development programs (mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa).  I have led over 50 evaluation projects and in this post, I would like to share some overarching lessons from my experiences:  Programs should stop trying to “boil an ocean”: Too often, development programs have …

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ICCE TIG Week: The evolution from evaluators to evaluative thinkers: evaluative thinking with the Open Government Partnership by Kari Selander, Emma Jones, Soren Vester Haldrup and Claire Hutchings

Hello! We are Kari Selander, Emma Jones, Soren Vester Haldrup and Claire Hutchings. We work at Oxford Policy Management, an international development consultancy with offices in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Here, we reflect on an evaluation we are undertaking  – to share what we’re up to and to ask you to share your …

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ICCE TIG Week: New frontiers in African evaluation by Courtney Bolinson and Tiroyaone Kebalepile

Hi, we are Courtney Bolinson (Independent Evaluator) and Tiroyaone Kebalepile (PhD student at the University of Botswana). At Evaluation 2019 we co-presented on our work utilizing a Made in Africa evaluation (MAE) approach in Kenya and Botswana, respectively. We feel that in order to decolonize evaluation work in Africa, any evaluations that take place on …

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ICCE TIG Week: 2019: ICCE TIG year-in-review by Shawna Hoffman and Xiaoxia Newton

Hello AEA colleagues – Shawna Hoffman and Xiaoxia Newton here.  In 2019, we served as the leadership of the International and Cross Cultural Evaluation (ICCE) Topical Interest Group (TIG) along with our colleague Mishkah Jakoet. With the New Year upon us, we’re taking this opportunity to reflect back on the TIG in 2019, and to …

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Why (Real) Participation Is A Still a Pipe-dream (So Far ) In My Evaluation Practice by Sara Vaca

Hi, AEA365 family! I’m Sara Vaca (frequent Saturday contributor to this blog), independent consultant specializing in evaluation of international development programmes and policies, and I’m platonically in love with Participation. Here is my practical relationship with it so far, though. Hot Tip: I understand participation as including many different actors, preferably those who have less …

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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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