sustainability

EPE TIG Week: Sustainability at AEA by Heather Dantzker

Hi, I’m Heather Dantzker, Past Chair of AEA’s Sustainability Working Group, serving as Chair 2015-2017.  I currently serve as Program Co-Chair of AEA’s Environmental Program Evaluation TIG. AEA’s environmental sustainability working group has been implementing recommendations from the Green Audit that AEA commissioned in 2015. The Green Audit provided a road map for moving forward …

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EPE TIG Week: Five Types of Sustainability Metrics You Can Incorporate into your Next Evaluation by Kara Crohn and Matt Galp

Kara Crohn and Matt Galport here – we’re consultants with EMI Consulting, an evaluation and consulting firm based in Seattle, Washington that focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and policies. More than ever, evaluators must consider how their clients’ programs impact the well-being of the communities and environments in which they are embedded. …

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NPF TIG Week: Jindra Cekan on Evaluation and Sustainability

I am Jindra Cekan, PhD of Valuing Voices at Cekan Consulting, challenging us to reach for sustainability. What is the overlap of sustainability and evaluation? OECD’s DAC Principles for Evaluating Development Assistance has five parameters: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability. “Sustainability is concerned with measuring whether the benefits of an activity are likely to …

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EPE TIG Week: Anna Williams on A Welcome New Paradigm for Sustainable Development

Hello! My name is Anna Williams. I have worked on issues related to sustainable development as an evaluator, facilitator, and agent of change for 20+ years. The concept of sustainable development took hold 25 years ago, but several challenges have hampered interpretation and analysis of progress, starting with these: 1. The oft-cited 1987 Brundtland Commission …

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EPE TIG Week: Yvonne M. Watson on Buying Green Today to Save and Sustain Our Tomorrow

Hi everyone!  I’m Yvonne M. Watson, an Evaluator in U.S. EPA’s Evaluation Support Division and Chair of AEA’s Environmental Program Evaluation Topical Interest Group.  As we celebrate Earth Week in April and prepare for the annual American Evaluation Association  (AEA) conference in October, the theme of sustainability looms large. As I think about an area …

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EPE TIG Week: Andy Rowe on Cats and Climate Change

Andy Rowe here, I evaluate sustainable development and natural resource interventions.  I am convinced evaluation is facing a key adapt or decline juncture. Connectivity is the mechanism enabling us to understand how interventions reach to the public interest and effects in the natural system. Our siloed governance approaches come from cost and accountability structures in …

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EPE TIG Week: Juha Uitto on Sustainability Evaluation and the Need to Keep an Eye on the Big Picture

Hi all! I’m Juha Uitto, Deputy Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). I’ve spent many years evaluating environment and development in international organizations, like UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). As we all know, evaluating sustainability is not easy or simple. Sustainability as a concept and construct …

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Jindra Cekan on Furthering Community Self-sustainability of Our Projects

Hi, I am Jindra Cekan, PhD, an independent evaluator with 25 years of international development fieldwork, at www.ValuingVoices.com. What if we saw our true clients as project participants and wanted the return on investment of projects be maximally sustained? How would this change how we evaluate, capture, learn together? Lesson Learned: Billions of dollars of …

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Clara Hagens on Guidance on Monitoring and Evaluation

I’m Clara Hagens. I work for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as the Regional Technical Advisor for Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning in Asia. I’d like to share with you a guidance document we have developed to support project teams to operationalize monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans, big and small, in various contexts. Rad Resource: CRS’ …

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Ed Eval Week: Susan Shebby and Sheila Arens on Using Evaluation to Support the Sustainability of District Grant Initiatives

Hello. We are Susan Shebby and Sheila Arens, evaluators from Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL). In this post, we want to share our experience with a district working to implement a federal grant in two schools. When the grant was awarded, it received a great deal of attention throughout the district and community. …

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