Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Innovative Approaches to Feminist Monitoring and Evaluation

Session Number: 2217
Track: Feminist Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: participatory evaluation
Session Chair: Celena Green [Vital Voices Global Partnership]
Presenter 1: Svetlana Negroustoueva [Independent Consultant]
Presenter 2: Julie Muriuki [Vital Voices Global Partnership]
Presenter 3: Emma Hersh [Vital Voices Global Partnership]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Marguerite Berger [Vital Voices Global Partnership]
Time: Nov 14, 2015 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: Addams

Abstract 1 Title: Lessons learned from assessing data quality on multiplier effects of women’s leadership
Presentation Abstract 1: The VVLead Fellowship Program at Vital Voices Global Partnership worked with the Iris Group to establish quality of measuring the effect of its program interventions on secondary beneficiaries – not those who participated in program interventions, but those who were employed by, volunteered for, or received direct services from program participants. To assess how accurately fellows measure secondary beneficiaries, an innovative data quality assessment framework was created. A records audit included interviews to validate the results of participants’ services, a review of the individuals’ organizational or business records, and capacity-building for participants to enhance future record keeping. To maintain a participant-focused approach, Fellows’ colleagues and beneficiaries contributed information regarding the impact of the VVLead Fellowship on service delivery from their different perspectives.
Abstract 2 Title: Using outcome harvesting to learn from women’s advocacy campaigns
Presentation Abstract 2: The Supporting Public Advocacy for Regional Competitiveness (SPARC) program at Vital Voices utilized outcome harvesting to determine the impact of advocacy campaigns for four businesswomen’s associations in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. This participatory method was used to identify, monitor and learn from the changes each campaign influenced or produced in its social actors. Vital Voices staff and those of the four businesswomen’s associations collected – also known as harvesting – detailed outcome information that describes who influenced specific changes in their respective campaigns, when and where the changes took place, why it mattered to the development of the campaign goal, and how the campaign contributed to the change. This process provided the foundation for outcome-based learning where information on each campaign’s outcomes allowed Vital Voices and the businesswomen’s associations to understand the progression of change in their campaigns, determine what worked and what did not, and learn from the results.
Abstract 3 Title: Using a participant documentarian approach to case study development
Presentation Abstract 3: In an effort to capture the unintended or unexpected outcomes from the program, advance new methodologies and highlight participant voices, the VVLead Fellowship Program at Vital Voices Global Partnership instituted a participant-generated case study methodology. Participants from the program were selected for training in monitoring and evaluation and qualitative data collection techniques. After an initial workshop, the selected Fellows became part of the VVLead’s monitoring and evaluation efforts wherein they conducted interviews, guided observations, and roundtable discussions with other program participants. Additionally, Fellows completed regular journal entries about their own experiences with program interventions. The training sessions and field work had the dual objectives of capturing and creating content to develop case studies in addition to building Fellows’ M&E capacity. The participant-generated case study methodology augmented information for inclusion in the VVLead Fellowship Program’s monitoring and evaluation reports.
Audience Level: None

Session Abstract: 

How can we create democratic, non-hierarchical interactions with implementing partners and beneficiaries while rigorously gathering the necessary data to determine the impact of our interventions? This panel presents three innovative evaluation methodologies that are participant-focused or participant-generated: assessing data quality for measuring the multiplier effect of investing in women leaders, outcome harvesting to determine the extent of advocacy campaigns, and catalyzing participant documentarians to collect qualitative data. The goal of using each methodology is to generate accurate and reliable information about program interventions while diversifying the means by which this data can be collected and shared. From an evaluation perspective, these methodologies expand the type and content of data to be analyzed. From an intervention perspective, these processes teach useful skills to participants. Finally, from a feminist perspective, an inclusive data collection process is not just a worthwhile goal but a necessary one for creating high-quality, democratic, and non-hierarchical interactions.


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