International and Cross-cultural Evaluation

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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ICCE TIG Week: Evaluation, Truth and Accountability – the Case of Climate Change Mitigation by Scott Chaplowe

If there was ever a good time to have an AEA conference theme like “Speaking Truth to Power,” it is now. My name is Scott Chaplowe, and as the Director of Evidence, Measurement and Evaluation at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) for Climate Change, I am reminded of this every day. This post is …

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ICCE TIG Week: Can big data be used in evaluation? By Claudia Lopes and Shravanti Reddy

Greetings, fellow evaluators. Claudia Lopes, Affiliated Lecturer at University of Cambridge and Shravanti Reddy, Evaluation Specialist UN Women Independent Evaluation Service here to share our learnings from the recently published report ‘Can Big Data be Used in Evaluation?: A UN Women Feasibility Study’. The quick answer… yes, but we still need to learn more and …

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ICCE TIG Week: End-User Feedback in Speaking Truth to Power By Veronica Olazabal

Hello and welcome to International and Cross-Cultural (ICCE) Evaluation Week! This is Veronica Olazabal, ICCE TIG Chair, AEA Board Member and Head of Evaluation at The Rockefeller Foundation. This week is intentionally designed to preview the international and cross-cultural evaluation offerings at AEA’s Annual Conference. Please follow along!     I’ve been reflecting on how …

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