Within and Across Case Comparison of Developmental Evaluation (DE) in USAID

Session Number: 2331
Track: Research on Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Session Facilitator: Anum Chaudhry [Research Associate - The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Gabrielle Plotkin [Program Manager - Social Impact]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Haley Dillan [DM&E Coordinator, Institutional Learning Team - Search for Common Ground]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Yaquta Fatehi [Program Manager - The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (02:15 PM - 03:00 PM)
Room: Coolidge

Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Social Impact, Search for Common Ground, and the William Davidson Institute at University of Michigan have partnered with the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, to test the developmental evaluation (DE) approach through the Developmental Evaluation Pilot Activity (DEPA-MERL). This session will explore preliminary findings within and across the pilots in the USAID context, related to three research questions posed: 1) How is DE able to capture and promote use of emergent learnings in support of ongoing development of programming? 2) What are the barriers and enablers to DE implementation? 3) What do key informants’ consider to be the value (added or lost) of conducting a DE versus a traditional evaluation? During the session, the team will provide an overview of the qualitative methods used to answer these research questions.