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Multiple Perspectives: Reflections from Two University-Based Evaluation Centers in their First Year by Paula Ogston-Nobile, Jesse Senechal and Nena Bloom

Hi, we are Paula Ogston-Nobile, Associate Director and Jesse Senechal, Executive Director with the Institute for Collaborative Research and Evaluation (ICRE) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and Nena Bloom, Director of Northern Arizona University Evaluation Services (NES). We are excited to share our reflections and lessons learned as first-year University-Based Evaluation Centers (UBCs).

Evaluation for Transformation: Developing Capacities of Young and Emerging Evaluators by Claudia Olavarria

I am Claudia Olavarria, an evaluator and consultant working on Evaluation Capacity Development in Latin America, the Caribbean, and globally, working for the Global Evaluation Initiative. I am passionate about feminist approaches to evaluation and advocate for the inclusion of youth in evaluation. I am part of the council of the International Evaluation Academy, (IEAC), …

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When Evaluation Needs Transformational Change – Watch Out! by Romeo Santos

Hi. My name is Romeo Santos, a council member at the International Evaluation Academy. I’m one of the founders of the Asia Pacific Evaluation Association, and I served as president in 2018-2019. I started dabbling in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in 2000.

I wrote this blog as a form of reflection. You may agree or disagree with the points I raised. However, I’m open to critiques and suggestions. Please feel free to contact me.

Uncovering Hidden Data to Address Organizational Slack: Decolonizing Efficiency-Centric Evaluation by Mita Marra

I’m Mita Marra. As an economics professor at the University of Naples in Italy, specialized in policy evaluation in regional development, innovation and work-family interface, my engagement with the evaluation community has spanned over two decades. I have served as the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Evaluation and Program Planning since 2019, and as President of the Italian Evaluation Association (AIV) between 2013 and 2017. Currently, I am a member of the Board of the European Evaluation Society and the Council of the International Evaluation Academy.

Analyzing Qualitative Data with Relevant Frameworks for Program Evaluation by Liane M. Ventura

Hi, I’m Liane M. Ventura, MPH. I am a Research Associate in the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation in Women’s Health at East Tennessee State University. My primary role is leading a longitudinal qualitative research study to evaluate a statewide contraceptive access initiative. I also have a community health consulting practice where I provide technical assistance to practice-based organizations, including program evaluation services.

Three Top Tips for SDG Evaluations by Dorothy Lucks

Hello, AEA365 community. My name is Dorothy Lucks, an inaugural member of EVALSDGs, a credentialed evaluator, a Fellow of the Australian Evaluation Society, and Executive Director of Sustainable Development Facilitation (SDF) Global, a social enterprise that works to facilitate change through evaluations. At SDF Global, we have a strong focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

How Systems Thinking in Evaluation Supports Localization by Kim Norris

Hi, I’m Kim Norris, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director for American Institutes for Research (AIR)’s International Development Division. As co-chair for the Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group (SETIG), I get excited about using systems thinking in evaluation work to improve evaluations. In this case, I am reminded of how systems thinking in evaluation (STE) helps to move us toward localization.

Applying Intersectionality to Program Theory: Gender-Based Violence & Violence Against Women by Vidhya Shanker

Vidhya Shanker here, from Rainbow Research. Previously, I explained intersectionality—despite cooptation by contemporary organizations vying for funding—as a centuries-old concept borne from subjugated knowledge and liberation struggles as valuable for situation analyses. Today, I examine intersectionality’s value in relation to certain dimensions of program theory.

Overcoming underrepresentation of Women in Remote Data Collection by Jess Littman

Hi! I’m Jess Littman, MSc in M&E candidate at American University and Evaluation Associate at Educate!, a social enterprise which works to prepare youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy. We’re running a series of internal evaluations of our new distance learning models. These were piloted in Uganda, initially in response to COVID-19 and school closures, and are now growing into a scalable, sustainable way for thousands of youth to participate in remote skills training. The main vector for both youth participation and data collection is the mobile phone, and a major design and evaluation challenge so far has been the gender gap in mobile phone access.