Editorial: From Kampala to Bishkek

It is our great pleasure to congratulate African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) for successfully concluding the 8th biennial conference held in Kampala, Uganda from 27-31 March 2017. The conference had 2.5 days of workshops and 2.5 days of conference discussions with 18 thematic strands. It is also worth noting that the Africa regional consultation on National Evaluation Policies and Systems (NEPS) was held on 28th March at the conference. This was attended by 26 African countries and 80 delegates. Participating countries shared the status of NEPS in their countries and prepared action plans to establish NEPS.
AfrEA was the last major milestone before the Global Evaluation Forum which will be held April 24-28 in Bishkek and will bring together all the partners, supporters and friends of EvalPartners.

Ziad Moussa and Colin Kirk, Co-chairs

 

8th AfrEA Conference 2017 Held in Uganda

 

The 8th AfrEA conference, with the theme of "Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals; Opportunities and challenges in Africa," was held in Kampala, Uganda from 27-31 March 2017, with participation of around 600 delegates. The conference aimed to promote exchange between researchers, academia, emerging evaluators and practitioners on demand and supply of credible evaluative evidence in support of the SDGs in Africa. It also built capacity to design, manage and use evaluations to help governments achieve their national and international development agendas, particularly around the SDGs and the Africa2063 Agenda.
The conference took on the format of 2.5 days pre-conference workshops and 2.5 days conference sessions. The latter included keynote speakers, parallel sessions, panel discussions, and strands comprising workshops, papers, roundtables and poster sessions. The conference was organized into plenary and strand breakaway sessions. The strands were structured around some of the 17 SDGs. The conference was declared opened by the Prime Minister of Uganda. Annual General Meeting of the AfrEA was also held and Adeline Sibanda was re-elected as the president. Congratulations to Adeline. 

 

Welcome to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The evaluation community will gather in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 26-28 Apr for the EvalPartners Global Evaluation Forum III. Parliamentarians, government officials, VOPE members, EvalPartners network members, development partners, donors and other partners will review the progress of EvalAgenda2020 and work on stronger partnership approach. Although only around 150 delegates physically attend the event, other interested people have the opportunity to connect "live" with the event and get updates on social media. 

The closing ceremony will be held at the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan on 28th Apr where the Bishkek Partnership Statement will be signed by delegates. The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan is the second national parliament holding a global evaluation event. 

 

Africa Regional Consultation on National Evaluation Policies and Systems

 

The Africa Regional Consultation on Equity-Focused and Gender-Responsive National Evaluation Policies and Systems was held on 28th March in Kampala, Uganda at the AfrEA conference. Close to 80 delegates representing parliaments, governments, VOPEs and development partners mainly from Africa attended the consultation. Twenty-six African countries were represented in the consultation. The delegates were invited in advance and received pre-reading materials on equity-focused and gender-responsive national evaluation policies and systems.
The consultation was started with opening remarks by Adeline Sibanda, President of AfrEA, Marco Segone, Director of the UN Women Independent Evaluation Office/ Chair- United Nations Evaluation Group, Senator Ndine Mbassa, Chair of the African Parliamentarians Network on Development Evaluation, Hon. Olfa Cherif, Member of Parliament of Tunisia/ Steering Committee Member of Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation and Dorothy Lucks, Secretary of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE)/ Co-chair, EVALSDGs Network.
In the first half of the day participating African countries presented the status of NEPS and challenges faced. It was evident that in some countries stakeholders work together for NEPS. In the second half of the consultation countries prepared plans to take the NEPS process forward. The event was jointly organized by AfrEA, GPFE, APNODE, CLEAR AA, EvalGender+, AGDEN, AfDB, EVALSDGs, EvalPartners, UN Women, UNEG and UNICEF. The partners will follow up with countries for further support and invite the rest of the African countries to join the initiative. To join the virtual group, kindly write to Asela Kalugampitiya, EvalPartners Executive Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Florence Etta Appointed as the Chair of GEAC

 
   

On the 4th of April, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Under-Secretary-General, & Executive Director of UN Women, announced the appointment of Florence Etta as the next Chair of the Global Evaluation Advisory Committee (GEAC). Florence took over the position from Colin Kirk who had been acting as Interim Chair upon the resignation of Caroline Heider last year. Florence was invited to join the Committee in July 2015 in recognition of her role as a founder member and selfless contributor to the growth and entrenchment of the Africa Gender & Development Evaluators Network (AGDEN) on the continent of Africa. GEAC is a structure created in the recent past by UN Women to advise the Executive Secretary on the Evaluation function of UN Women and its mandate. Currently the committee is made up of 8 individuals who are selected on their individual expertise.

 

Institutionalizing Evaluation in Cameroon

In Cameroon, implementation of the National Evaluation System is led by an inter-ministerial committee and focused on the budget-program under the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT). However, the evaluation is not fully institutionalized. This requires advocacy for its popularization. A role that the Cameroon Development Evaluation Association (CaDEA) can play as a reference point. The State has started a process of contextualization and internalization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All the stakeholders take part in the seminars organized for this purpose. The gender dimension is discussed with the support of development partners (UN Women, UNFPA) and the Civil Society Organizations Working Group (GTOC). The Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family remains the main actor. However, several challenges remain, such as the lack of an institutionalized evaluation of public policies, quality evaluations and dissemination of achievements. There is, however, a National Gender Policy (PNG) which serves as a reference document for the promotion of gender equality and equity in Cameroon.

Serge Eric, Cameroon

 

How Can We Generate Better Evidence for Sustainable Development Research and Evaluation?

 

In an era when the importance of evidence in decision-making more and more frequently is either neglected or overtly rejected by people in power, the role and effectiveness of traditional evidence-generating institutions can be questioned. At IIED, we have done just that! We believe it is ever more important to challenge ourselves to strive to generate findings which are truly robust, timely and, in particular, useful for decision makers and practitioners working in sustainable development.

We have philosophised on the concept of what constitutes ‘better evidence’ and developed a practical checklist to assess the appropriateness of different research and evaluation methods that we use with our partners in the field. Take a look at our brand new site on ‘better evidence in action’ with our conceptual reflections and our practical toolkit here:

We would love to hear from you to learn about your experience about what constitutes ‘better evidence’, engage in debate and create new coalitions to defend, self-reflect and advocate for a greater role of evidence in sustainable development policy and practice.

Stefano D’Errico, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Niger National Evaluation Policy System and its Institutionalization

The Niger National Evaluation Policy System (NEPS) and its institutionalization, with contributions from Le Réseau Nigérien de Suivi et Evaluation (ReNSE), are based on the following elements: (i) Establishment of structures in charge of monitoring and evaluation in all ministries and projects and programs; (ii) Adoption of Act No. 2011-20 of 8 August 2011, determining the general organization of the State (public) administration and setting out its missions, containing several articles meant for results-based management (RBM) including Monitoring and Evaluation; (iii) the drafting of a national evaluation policy (NEP) validated in 2010 but not yet adopted by the Government; (iv) the establishment of an advocacy committee and the lobbying at the level of the Government for the institutionalization of the systematic evaluation of public policies; (v) At present, the ReNSE intends to strengthen the dynamism of young people and women in the monitoring and evaluation of SDGs through a strategic partnership with parliamentarians (awareness, training, and coaching).

Gado Boureima, Niger

 

National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy in Zimbabwe

The Government of Zimbabwe finalized and adopted its National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy in May 2015, ahead of most countries in Africa. Zimbabwe’s NEP is aligned to the national development goals (the Zim ASSET). The Office of the President and Cabinet has the mandate of implementing the policy in collaboration with various stakeholders. The NEP is a major milestone that signifies the government’s commitment toward implementing successful programs and projects in line with the National Constitution. Since the policy has been put in place, the government is in the process of operationalizing the monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the various public sector programs and this work is supported by the Parliamentarians, Academia, Development Partners, Private Sector, Evaluation Community of Practice.

Shylock Muyengwa, Zimbabwe

 
 
   
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Editorial: Spotlight Countries Emerging Under EVALSDGs

One of the flagship EvalPartners networks', EVALSDGs is working on different important initiatives including the production of "Briefing papers", "Guidance notes" and "Spotlight countries". There are five briefing papers already published in partnership and support with IIED which are available online

The spotlight countries initiative is trying to capture lessons from countries where evaluation of SDGs is being tested with a zest of passion and a focus on appreciative learning. The EVALSDGs network monthly meeting is held on the second Tuesday of the every month at 9.00am EST (Eastern Time in North America). It serves as a platform for sharing lessons from spotlight countries as well as keeping EvalSDGs members informed about progress on different fronts. Information from Sri Lanka, Kenya, Philippines and Afghanistan have been shared already. Previous newsletters included information about Sri Lanka and Kenya. This newsletter brings news from the Philippines, Afghanistan and Cambodia. Moreover Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Kenya received grants from EvalGender+ network to strengthen "evaluation of SDGs with no one left behind lens" at national level. We hope more countries will come forward and share their stories.

Ziad Moussa and Colin Kirk, EvalPartners Co-chairs

 

International Francophone Evaluation Forum (FIFE) 2016

 

The second International Francophone Evaluation Forum (FIFE2) was held in Marrakech, Morocco from December 13-16 2016. It gathered over 300 participants from 32 countries. The event aimed at mutualizing experiences and debates did dedicate a significant space to the theme Evaluation and Human rights facilitated by the francophone EvalGender + group.

Rich exchanges allowed participants to realize that the issues we are each facing are shared by others. Panelists made presentations but also participants themselves were sources of inspirations with examples on how to commit evaluation stakeholders to gender and human rights integration, methods to mobilize, ways of improving evaluation ‘use, etc.

Moving forward, a highly committed group agrees on the need to strengthen the EvalGender+ francophone network and is sketching perspectives to increase capacities and influence to support forms of evaluation that promote the kind of human development we want; one that leaves no one behind.

 

The Government and Parliament of Kyrgyzstan Became Partners of the Global Forum

 

The government and parliament of Kyrgyzstan officially became partners of the EvalPartners Global Forum III. In the recent preparation visit in Bishkek, EvalPartners together with the National M&E Network of Kyrgyz Republic had meetings with the government, parliament, United Nations and other stakeholders regarding the successful organization of the event.

The official partnership adherence letter was signed by the Vice Prime Minister, Mr. Oleg Mihailovich PANKRATOV. It was presented at the meeting to Tatiana Tretiakova, Head of the Kyrgyz VOPE. The EvalPartners Global Forum III will be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 26-28 April 2017 in partnership with the government and the parliament.

 

Afghan Government Strengthens Evaluation in the Context of SDGs

 

The Afghan Government has a very high level of political will to establish a strong National Evaluation Mechanism to support the development efforts in the country and follow-up on the implementation of SDGs in Afghanistan. The Afghan Government developed a National Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME) Policy Framework that is owned by the Office of the President. Based on the Framework,  currently RBME Frameworks are being developed for two key ministries, including Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economy. It will be then gradually rolled-out to other ministries.

In regards to SDGs, the Afghan Government has recently developed the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) for 2017-2021. In addition to this framework, the Afghan Ministry of Economy is responsible for developing a localized version of SDGs, called the Afghanistan Sustainable Development Goals (ASDGs) for implementation during 2016-2030. The first draft of ASDGs is ready for finalization and presentation to the cabinet of ministers and high economic council. Moreover, Ministry of Economy established an RBME Forum of M&E practitioners from all over Afghanistan. The RBME Forum was officially launched on 20th December, 2016. The Ministry of Economy is now finalizing the terms of reference for the forum. The Afghan Evaluation Society (AfES) is also playing an important role working together with individual evaluators, CSOs, governmental agencies and other development partners to raise awareness and build capacity in evaluating SDGs.

Samandar Mahmodi, Afghanistan

 

RFE Endorsed EvalAgenda2020

 

More VOPEs around the world are endorsing the EvalAgenda2020. One of them is Le Réseau Francophone de l’Evaluation  (RFE) which officially endorsed the EvalAgenda2020 at its last AGM held in Marrakech, Morocco. That Declaration was posted on the RFE portal. RFE will continue to encourage Francophone VOPEs to join to declare the EvalAgenda2020. 

Iberian Voluntary Organization of Professional Evaluators (Asociación Ibérica de profesionales por la evaluación - Aproeval) located in Madrid, also endorsed the EvalAgenda 2020.

We invite VOPEs around the world to join the movement by declaring and implementing the EvalAgenda2020. They are also encouraged to contact us to feature their endorsement in the EvalPartners website and the newsletter.

 

Philippines Link M&E with SDGs

The Government of the Philippines expresses full support in implementing the SDG agenda. This is a clear position announced by the new government, following the direction adopted by the past administration. In this context, the National Evaluation Policy Framework (NEPF) that was established by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) was recognized and a call was made for strengthening M&E. It was announced in the National Budget Circular No. 565 that was signed last December 2, 2016, and subsequently released in early 2017 for dissemination in all government offices.

The local Spotlight team of the EVALSDGs network is keeping its watchful eyes on the development that will follow from this important step. 

Romeo Santos, Philippines

 

Workshop on SDGs and EFGR Evaluation for Cambodian Parliamentarians

 

The National Assembly of Cambodia has been involved in global efforts in promoting the demand and use of evaluation findings in decision making through the participation of several members of parliament in a number of regional and global forms organized jointly by EvalPartners and UN agencies. Cambodian MPs actively attended the forum for development evaluation organized in October 2015 in Bangkok to officially launch the East Asian Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation together with MPs from other countries in the region.  They also participated in the Global Evaluation Week organized by EvalPartners in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 23rd to 27th November in 2015.

In this vein, upon request from the National Assembly of Cambodia to the UN Women Cambodia Country Office, a half-day workshop on SGDs and EFGR Evaluation was held on November 18th for Parliamentarians from Commission 3 and other relevant bodies of the Assembly. This workshop aimed to help MPs in reviewing national development strategies, plans and legislation and monitoring their effectiveness by equipping them with a broader understanding of the global development agenda and trends with a particular focus on integrating an equity and gender-responsive focus in their policy decisions. This workshop was attended by 19 MPs of the assembly. This was the first workshop for Cambodian MPs focused on SDGs and Evaluation. It generated a lot of interest from participating MPs, reflected in their very active discussion. MPs expressed the need for further training as well as to expand it to more MPs, as they felt that the subject is so relevant for Cambodia in general and for them as MPs in particular.

Sokleang Kim, UN Women, Cambodia

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Newsletter #30 Sep 2016

 

 

Editorial: Series of Evaluation Conferences Focusing on Evaluation of SDGs

 

 

 

European Evaluation Society Conference Held in Maastricht, Netherlands

 

 

 

Learning from South African M&E System

 

 

 

My Bite of EvalApple

 

 

 

Enhancing the Capacity of Zimbabwe for EFGR Evaluation with Focus on SDGs

 

 

 

Parliamentarians Network for Evaluation Launched in Burkina Faso

 

 

 

Asian Evaluation Week Held in Xi'an, China

 

 

 

Australasian Evaluation Society Conference

 

 

 

IN OTHER NEWS

 

 

Resources and Links

The ALNAP Guide on Evaluating Humanitarian Action (EHA Guide for short) supports evaluation specialists and non-specialists in every stage of an evaluation, from initial decision to dissemination.

 

 

Parliamentarians Videos

Week 16: Hon. María del Rosario Guerra, Parliamentarian from Colombia

 

Week 17: Hon. Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, Parliamentarian from Morocco

 

Week 18: Hon. Fatimata Korbeogo/Ouedraogo and Hon. Goulla Odagou, Parliamentarians from Burkina Faso.

 

Week 19: Hon. Altinai Omarbekova, Parliamentarian from Kazakhstan

 

Week 20: Hon. Najat Al-Astal, Parliamentarian from Palestine

 

Debate at the Parliament of Sri Lanka regarding the motion on National Evaluation Policy

 

 

Video: Why Gender-Responsive Evaluation Matters for the SDGs

Introducing a new UN Women IEO video on making the “no one left behind” commitment a reality!

2016 is the first year of the 2030 Agenda. This means we need to collectively shift from planning for the Sustainable Development Goals to implementing them. Evaluation, and more specifically gender-responsive evaluation, has an important role to play throughout the implementation process to ensure that these ambitious targets are met, while leaving no one behind. See how. Video: Why gender-responsive evaluation matters for the SDGs.

 

 

Up Coming Events/ Evaluation Conferences

Asia-Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA) Conference, Hanoi, Vietnam, 21-25 Nov 2016. The APEA is pleased to announce its inaugural international evaluation conference to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 21-25 Nov., 2016.  The APEA is the representative body for evaluation in the Asia-Pacific region with national member evaluation societies, associations, and networks from more than 11 countries.  The theme of the 2016 Conference is: ‘SDGs – Making a Difference through Evaluation’

The conference over two days will bring together experts, government leaders and development partners to address international challenges in evaluation and the SDGs.  The Conference will be followed by 2 days of post-conference workshops by leading experts in the evaluation field. Please find details about the APEA Evaluation Conference 2016 here

 

AfDB Development Evaluation Week 2016 Driving Africa’s Transformation Nov. 7 – 10, 2016. AfDB Development Evaluation Week 2016 aims to help drive Africa’s transformation by convening development practitioners to share evidence-based knowledge about what works and why, in a bid to inform the way forward towards achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

The learning event aims specifically to foster sharing of evidence-based knowledge related to the five core areas (the “High 5s”)1 the AfDB has chosen to focus on during the next five years. Discussions are expected to inform implementation and evaluation of the “High 5’s”, which are complex by virtue of their nature and African context. Discussions and presentations.

The target audience for this event, as well as the speakers, panelists and discussants will comprise AfDB staff and senior management (both at HQ and in field offices); influential current and former leaders, development practitioners, evaluators, and decision makers from AfDB member countries; other bilateral donors and multilateral development banks; private sector; civil society; academia; and non-government organizations. 

You are all most welcome to attend, and please feel free to share with your network. The conference is free. Please registeronline

 

La 2ème édition du FIFE se tiendra à Marrakech du 13 au 16 décembre 2016 13-16/12/2016 Marrakech - Maroc. Tous les deux ans, le RFE organise un Forum International Francophone de l’Evaluation (FIFE), qui rassemble à la fois des décideurs politiques et institutionnels du Nord et du Sud et les représentants de VOPEs ainsi que des praticiens de l’évaluation, des commanditaires, des utilisateurs et des chercheurs venant des quatre coins de l’espace francophone. Par son contenu et son audience, il constitue un temps fort dans la promotion de l’évaluation et le développement des pratiques évaluatives comme vecteurs de bonne gouvernance publique. Cette visée stratégique du FIFE en fait un événement singulier, très différent d’un congrès ordinaire qui ne s’adresserait seulement qu’à des praticiens ou des experts.

 

AfrEA Conference in Uganda in March 2017.

 
 
 

Editorial: Series of Evaluation Conferences Focusing on Evaluation of SDGs

We are happy to see that many of the evaluation conferences and events that have taken place recently specially highlighted the need for "evaluation of Sustainable Development Goals" and included the "Global Evaluation Agenda 2016-2020". The Asian Evaluation Week, Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) Conference and European Evaluation Society (EES) Conference featured these important discussions by inviting the delegates to participate interactively and to then take home messages for follow up at national level. Representatives of EvalPartners Networks joined these conferences and events - advancing their mandates and reaching out to more volunteer members and contributors.

Meanwhile, EvalPartners is in the process of organizing the next Global Assembly to be held in 2017. This will capture progress in promoting evaluation culture through global partnerships. Watch this space for further news!

Ziad Moussa and Colin Kirk, EvalPartners Co-chairs

 

European Evaluation Society Conference Held in Maastricht, Netherlands

 

The EES 12th biennial conference “Evaluation Futures in Europe and Beyond: Connectivity, Innovation and Use” was held in Maastricht, The Netherlands, in the same country where the first EES conference was held over 20 years ago. It took stock of the current state of affairs in evaluation politics, capacity, systems, research, methods, communication and use; as well as to sketch future directions.
This conference marked two important “firsts” in the history of the EES: for the first time in an EES conference, gender equality is a cross-cutting theme. In addition to gender-specific sessions, papers and panels addressing gender quality was distributed throughout the programme according to the other themes they relate to. Secondly, along with paper presentations, panels, poster sessions and roundtables, the EES conference explored for the first time the potential of open space technologies, also known as “un-conference” events, which facilitate self organised and spontaneous conversations open to everyone’s active participation. The overall programme was divided into 4 thematic strands, with two cross-cutting themes (Europe and Gender Equality). Throughput the programme, the conference had exciting sessions on SDGs and the Global Evaluation Agenda 2016-2020. Fishbowl sessions hosted by EES President Riitta Oksanen were novel and interesting discussions with exciting themes.

 

Learning from South African M&E System

 

A four member delegation comprising of Department of Project Management and Monitoring (DPMM) - Sri Lanka and two representatives from Parliamentarian Forum for Development Evaluation – South Asia, visited South Africa on a Study Tour in August with the objective of developing a Preliminary Action Plan to implement the national evaluation system in Sri Lanka. The delegation had the opportunity to learn the South African system of Government and application of planning, monitoring and evaluation by the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME). This included an introduction to the South African government systems and timelines in the development of the macro PM&E system, the rationale for planning, monitoring and evaluation and various roles and responsibilities, the outline of the work of DPME in the context of the centre of Government, the National Development Plan 2030, the National Evaluation Plan and the problems that DPME aims to address. Also the visitors were shown the web-based system comprising of Front Line Monitoring Presidential Hotline for community problem solving.

Also the delegation visited a participatory workshop conducted to prepare TORs for Integrated Development Plan to ensure safety in RSA where the delegation learnt about the Management Performance Monitoring Tool (MPAT) and how performance is measured in Departments using score cards. Then time was dedicated to a meeting with the Executive Manager, Stakeholder Relations and Marketing, together with his team at Statistics, South Africa.
Finally the delegation visited Gauteng Province, the smallest and most densely populated of South Africa’s nine provinces with over 13 million people and 24% of the country’s population. Special thanks to DPME South Africa for this excellent learning opportunity and hospitality. The study tour was an important step of the long term evaluation capacity building programme in Sri Lanka supported by the EvalGender+ network and the UNICEF Sri Lanka Country Office.

 

My Bite of EvalApple

 

   

The rise of EvalPartners over the last five years has been inspirational to evaluators and policymakers around the world. As an evaluator andentrepreneur, I was fortunate to be part of its beginning representing the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and have continued to be an activist and believer in the mission and power of this important international partnership. My participation in EvalPartners has been a source of pride for my office colleagues without whom, I could not have devoted time and energy to my global evaluation family. 
In fact, my 57 office colleagues have been actively involved in living the Global Evaluation Agenda 2020 in many ways. We have held discussions on how to make our practice SDG-responsive both in terms of the services we offer, and also how we manage our workplace taking care not to leave anyone behind. Our values have always included being appreciative, collaborative, respectful, systems thinkers, and focused on the learner or user of our services. The focus of EvalPartners on equity and inclusion was a great fit, and with the SDGs in place, we felt like we were “coming home” in the world.
In the last two years, we have emphasized integration of our services, increasing our use of a complexity lens, and including gender-aware evaluation and learning practices. Most recently, we launched a Gender and Inclusive Development practice that is already a significant part of our portfolio. In November, we will hold a required learning program on gender and inclusive development, which will include not only staff who deliver services to clients, but also our administrative and home office staff. And, with the continued support of our company, I am now chairing to the International Working Group of the AEA, supporting the AEA Executive Director in the AEA’s international engagement strategy. All of us at EnCompass and the AEA hope that EvalPartners will grow and thrive, making evaluation a core practice for policymakers, and continuing to make the world a better place—a place that is learning to be in touch with its humanity through SDG-responsive evaluation.

Tessie Catsambas, USA 

 

Enhancing the Capacity of Zimbabwe for EFGR Evaluation with Focus on SDGs

 

The Zimbabwe Evaluation Association (ZEA) in collaboration with the UN Women Country Office in Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, recently trainedgovernment officials (Gender Focal Points), Parliamentarians, officials from the Zimbabwe Statistics Agency and members of the Zimbabwe Evaluation Association (ZEA) on how to conduct Equity-Focused and Gender-Responsive Evaluations of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 2 day training of 23 females and 22 males provided the participants with the knowledge and skills for strengthening gender mainstreaming in their areas of work and spheres of influence, with a specific focus on how to use and collect sex-disaggregated data; how to do a gender analysis of policies, legislation and programmes; how to assess the different implications of planned actions, programmes and policies for women and men; as well as how to ensure that women and men benefit equally from programmes and policies.
A key output of the capacity-building initiative was the development of Action Plans by each grouping represented at the training. The participants are expected also to cascade the knowledge and skills gained to other Parliamentarians, government officials within their ministries and to ZEA members.

 

Parliamentarians Network for Evaluation Launched in Burkina Faso

Parliamentarians Network of Public Policy Evaluation in Burkina Faso was launched recently with sixty parliamentarians as members. The network has an executive committee of 12 parliamentarians which is the governing body. Hon Alexandre Sankara is the chair of the network who is a parliamentarian champion in evaluation.

Burkina Faso received a technical support grant from UN Women and EvalGender+ network to implement a pilot project on "Evaluating SDGs with an equity-focused and gender responsive lens in Burkina Faso" which was launched June, 2016 for six months. The key activity of the project was a training workshop held from June, 27 toJuly 2 where parliamentarians also attended together with ministry officials. The workshop sparked parliamentarians to come together and initiate a national network. Please contact Alexis Salvador Loye This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Hon Alexandre Sankara This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

Asian Evaluation Week Held in Xi'an, China

 

The Asian Evaluation Week was held from 5-8 September in Xi'an, China organized by Ministry of Finance, People’s Republic of China, through the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Institute (AFDI), in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Independent Evaluation Department, and the ADB Institute. 

The Asia Evaluation Week (AEW) is the first annual event led by the PRC and ADB for evaluation knowledge sharing within Asia and between Asia and other regions. The AEW objectives are:

1. To provide a venue for interregional exchange on the latest and cutting edge ideas on evaluation.
2. To enable countries to share experiences on evaluation and gain knowledge on managing and using evaluations.
3. To allow experts and development partners to showcase progress in evaluation or an evaluation area or topic that is of interest to them, and get country perspectives and/or support.

The event was attended by government officials, parliamentarians, development partners, development banks and evaluators who emphasized evaluation of SDGs, inclusive growth and equitable development. All the presentations are available online.

 

Australasian Evaluation Society Conference

 

The AES International Evaluation Conference was held in Perth, Australia and the overall theme was Landscapes. It was an amazing conference with a stimulating program including five thought provoking keynote presentations. The conference was buzzing from the first plenary session with a heartfelt welcome to the country from Shaun Nannup to the closing session with the charismatic John Gargani (President of AEA). The keynote speakers included Victoria Hovane, John Owen, Ziad Moussa (President of IOCE) and Kathryn Newcomer (AEA President-elect) who raised themes around a common desire to create positive change, needing to be respectful and mindful of culture, the professionalization of evaluation, informed government decision making, and evaluators as skilled negotiators and knowledge brokers.
The conference generated so much renewed enthusiasm and optimism for the practice of evaluation. Most importantly the Global Evaluation Agenda was featured in the conference. Many of the moments were captured by cartoonist Simon Kneebone. Check out conference papers, photos and cartoons on the AES website in the coming weeks.

 
 
   

         
 

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Editorial: UN Resolution on Evaluation

It is a great pleasure to hear the endorsement of United Nations Resolution on Evaluation entitled “Empowering Countries through Evaluation: Evaluation as a country level tool for the new development agenda”. This is more important for EvalPartners and VOPEs around the world in the context of EvalYear 2015 and development of 2016-2020 Global Evaluation Agenda. The resolution reiterates the importance of diverse stakeholders to work in partnership for national level evaluation capacity building so that national development policies and programmes can be informed by evidence generated by country-led evaluation systems. This enables all countries to strengthen the evaluation function including national evaluation policy and framework. 

Marco Segone and Natalia Kosheleva, EvalPartners Co-chairs

 

Message from UNEG Chair

 
   

It was a historic move that United Nations stand aloneresolution on evaluationwas passed. This resolution is extremely important for the global evaluation community. The resolution elevates and highlights the need for capacity building of better development results specially at country level. Further more this resolution is extremely important as first time it acknowledges the role of UN Evaluation Group and its partners and importantly acknowledges the International Year of Evaluation 2015. In this resolution member states specifically requested reporting back and asked the Secretary General to provide a progress update in 2016. I would like to thank all the countries who actively sponsored the resolution particularly Fiji who tabled the resolution and led a strong debate. 

 

EvalMENA Online Petition to Arab States

EvalMENA launched an online petition inviting Arab States representatives at the United Nations to co-opt draft resolution on EvalYear and evaluation. The online petition was signed by 180 EvalMENA members from 18 different countries within just one week, and was forwarded to the UN Delegation of Lebanon to disseminate it amongst Arab Delegation representatives. Despite the enthusiasm of the diplomats who received the petition, harnessing official support from governments proved to be extremely difficult, as evaluation is still largely perceived as an audit-based exercise in Arab countries, and Arab countries stayed on the sidelines during the vote of November 24th 2014. EvalMENA is planning a high-level panel around EvalYear at the Arab League during the upcoming EvalMENA General Assembly to be held from 23-26 Feb 2015 in Cairo, where the resolution will be explained and discussed in more details.

 

Francophone VOPEs lobbied for the UN Resolution

Since October 2014, the Francophone VOPEs were systematically informed of the progress towards the adoption of the UN resolution on evaluation. They were encouraged to actively advocate their governments. In addition, 21 French-speaking countries attended the 1st International Francophone Forum of Evaluation - FIFE (Dakar, 27-30 October 2014) organized by the Réseau francophone de l’évaluation (RFE). Following the Declaration of EvalYear 2015 by the RFE, discussions were held with 34 ministers and officials of the participating states, 16 parliamentarians and 19 Francophone VOPEs to mobilize for the resolution. The FIFE ended with the Dakar Call for the strengthening sustainability of the evaluation, with particular emphasis on the fundamental role of evaluation for more effective and efficient public policies. The Dakar Call was subsequently shared with the Heads of Francophone States. 

 

AES Advocated the Government to Support the UN Resolution

In Australia, Australasian Evaluation Society members actively collaborate with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). A number of DFAT officers are members of AES.  This positive relationship enables good communication. When the call for support to the UN Resolution came from IOCE and EvalPartners, the networks were activated and there was discussion with AES members, AES Board members, and several DFAT officers. The DFAT officers took the initiative within the Department to assist in raising awareness of the resolution. AES is extremely pleased to note that Australia was a co-sponsor for the Resolution.

 

Trinidad and Tobago Joined Declaring EvalYear

 

Trinidad and Tobago members of the community of M&E practitioners joined declaring 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation at the 4th Development Evaluation Forum themed: "Moving Towards a Culture of M&E in Trinidad and Tobago" held on 11 and 12 November 2014. The event was organized by the National Transformation Unit of the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development. This  year’s Forum sought to:

• Present the Draft National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy of Trinidad and Tobago;                                                                         • Present approaches and techniques on how to implement a Monitoring and Evaluation Policy in Trinidad and Tobago;                   • Motivate M&E Practitioners to continue to advocate for the use of RBM in their respective Ministries.

 
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