Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Using Evaluation Communities of Practice for Organizational Development

Session Number: OLECB3
Track: Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building
Session Type: Multipaper
Session Chair: Matthew J Birnbaum [Institute of Museum and Library Services]
Presenter 1: Virginia Lamprecht [USAID]
Presenter 2: Chris Y. Lovato [University of British Columbia]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Leah Denise Wyatt [Camris]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Kylie Hutchinson [Principal - Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Derek Alan Wilson [Director, Evaluation Studies Unit - Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Beverly Parsons [Executive Director - InSites]
Time: Nov 13, 2015 (03:30 PM - 04:15 PM)
Room: Addams

Abstract 1 Title: Building a Global Evaluation Community of Practice at United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Presentation Abstract 1: Is a community of practice a catalyst to create an organizational culture more receptive towards evaluation and more able to implement better evaluation practices? USAID's Evaluation Interest Group (EIG) is a global community of practice of over 1,200 USAID staff and implementing partners with the overall aim to improve the practice, including the increased use, of evaluations. The EIG employs a mix of communication technologies and platforms---including both in-person and online-- to enable sharing of experiences and learning about evaluation approaches that apply in local country contexts. Galvanizing the community involves developing a sense of ownership, shared values, peer-to-peer sharing and participation from headquarters as well as USAID Missions across regions and sectors. It also involves ensuring that topics come from the community and lead to practical solutions. This session will feature a demonstration of the EIG's group site and will discuss how the EIG supports a culture of learning at USAID.
Abstract 2 Title: Building Evaluation Capacity through CLIP: Communities of Learning, Inquiry & Practice
Presentation Abstract 2: During periods of programmatic change or organizational transformation decision-makers need data to address the operational questions that surface. Ideally a climate of evaluation will permeate the organization as those involved seek out evidence about emerging changes. Evaluators working to establish a robust evaluation agenda and contribute to supporting evaluation capacity at all levels in the organization are often challenged by the limited resources available to support evaluation. CLIP is a capacity building program implemented at UBC's Medical Education Program. The approach has enabled faculty and staff teams to learn about evaluation and build skills by leading and doing an evaluation project of their choosing. Results of an external evaluation indicate that CLIP is a low cost and effective way to build organizational evaluation capacity. This presentation will focus on how this approach is enabling an evaluation environment. We will discuss our successes and challenges, as well as the lessons learned.
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Using Evaluation Communities of Practice for Organizational Development

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