Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has published a “10 things to know about evaluation” infographic, in support of the International Year of Evaluation. I was part of the team that drafted it and over 9 months, 8 meetings and 16 revisions I discovered just how difficult it can be to communicate a complicated set of ideas to a non-expert audience.
This week is Evaluation Week in Mexico 2015, sponsored by Clear (Regional Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results), AMEXCID (Agencia Mexicana de Cooperatión Internacional Para el Desarrollo), Coneval, SHCP (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público), CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas A.C.).
This month we start a series on participation in evaluation by Leslie Groves and Irene Guijt. This blog series aims to explore one simple question: How can we best open up evaluation processes to include those intended to benefit from a specific project, programme or policy? A simple question. Yet one that is surprisingly often not considered or quickly dismissed in international development.
Big data is emerging as a new world currency. This form of digital data, generated almost automatically by the online interactions of people and products and services, creates a wealth of constantly updating information that can be used to support decision-making and aid monitoring and evaluation.
EvalYear is well underway around the world. Here are some of the ways South Africa will be marking EvalYear. Thanks to Liezille Jacobs from SAMEA (South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association) for this information.
This week the Latin-American and Caribbean Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematization Network (ReLAC) is holding its 4th International Conferencein Lima, Peru.
The EvalYear torch is in Cairo this week for the Fourth International Conference of MENA Evaluation Network (EvalMENA), which brings together five national networks which form the main constituency of EvalMENA:
Impact evaluation, like many areas of evaluation, is under-researched. Doing systematic research about evaluation takes considerable resources, and is often constrained by the availability of information about evaluation practice. Much of the work undertaken in evaluation is not readily visible (see the recent comments by Drew Cameron on an earlier blog post which provide details about the considerable effort involved in a study of impact evaluations in development).