Starting a Successful Developmental Evaluation: Hot Tips and Practical Learnings From Embedded Evaluators

Session Number: 3027
Track: Use and Influence of Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Academic Publishing, adaptive management, development evaluation, Developmental Evaluation, Evaluation
Session Chair: Haley Dillan [DM&E Coordinator, Institutional Learning Team - Search for Common Ground]
Discussant: Rebecca Herrington [Developmental Evaluator - Social Impact]
Presenter 1: Gabrielle Plotkin [Program Manager - Social Impact]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (04:30 PM - 05:15 PM)
Room: Washington 1

Abstract 1 Title: 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 effectiveness of a developmental evaluation (DE) approach through the Developme
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 effectiveness of a developmental evaluation (DE) approach through the Developmental Evaluation Pilot Activity (DEPA-MERL). DE uses embedded evaluators who gather extensive documentation over the course of the DE, and grapple with prioritization, personal information management systems, and burn-out. Over the months or years of a developmental evaluation, embedded evaluators develop deep personal relationships with stakeholders that have the ability to undermine crucial factors of objectivity and clarity in analysis if not carefully monitored. By engaging in a jeopardy-style panel discussion with embedded evaluators from the DEPA-MERL team and from other leading organizations working on DE methodology in international development, this panel will share candid and practical lessons learned from real embedded evaluators.