ICCE TIG Week: Trends in International Evaluation by Veronica Olazabal and Nadia Asgaraly

This is Veronica Olazabal and Nadia Asgaraly of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Measurement and Evaluation team. Welcome to this week’s International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation (ICCE) TIG week where we are providing a sneak preview into the ICCE sessions at AEA 2017 From Learning to Action! The ICCE TIG provides a unique opportunity for us to learn from one another and bridge the gap in conversations happening across geographies, innovations, and communities.

Hot Tip: Trend on the Rise – Financing for International Development

An estimated $2.5 trillion is needed annually to meet the financing gap of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); this makes up more than half of the total investment needs of the developing countries. Among the global development players, such as the United Nations, the private sector is seen as central to filling this gap and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Rad Resource: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Financing for


Newer financing entrants in the global development space come with implications particularly when it comes to standard practices around evaluation of impact. Take for instance the term “social impact measurement” which is readily used among private sector actors such as impact investors, as well as development finance institutions (DFIs) and newer philanthropists to describe the way “impact” is managed, monitored and evaluated. T term accounts for the measurement of both financial and social returns. As newer funders come to the table, we predict that standards of evaluation will swing from largely conventional frameworks around accountability toward standards focused on learning to support decision management.

Hot Tip: Interested in learning more?

This year, the ICCE and SIM TIGs are pleased to co-sponsor the session on Learning From Action: International Perspectives on Social Impact Measurement on Friday, November 10th from 6:30 – 7:15 pm.  Through presentations and discussions, this session will provide an opportunity to share and integrate cross-sectoral lessons from a range of stakeholders involved in this growing space.

Donna Loveridge will look deeper into the intersection of international development evaluation and impact measurement and highlight the implications for the global development industry through research findings from the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED). Krunoslav Karlovcec, Adviser to the Slovenian Ministry for Economic Development and Technology will discuss his experience implementing a nationally established framework focused on a Social Return on Investment (SROI) approach.  And Alyna Wyatt of Genesis Analytics will present learning from leading the evaluation of innovative financing solutions discussed at the 2017 African Evaluation Association Conference (AFrEA).

Rad Resources: Want to learn more about AEA’s international work?

  • Follow along this week on AEA365’s ICCE TIG sponsored week
  • Check out AEA’s International Working Groups Coffee Break Series here: http://comm.eval.org/coffee_break_webinars/coffeebreak
  • Drop into ICCE’s many AEA Evaluation 2017 Search for International and Cross Cultural Evaluation under “Track” here.


The American Evaluation Association is celebrating International and Cross-Cultural (ICCE) TIG Week with our colleagues in the International and Cross-Cultural Topical Interest Group. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from our ICCE TIG members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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