Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Citizens in the Driver’s Seat: Shifting Power in Evaluation

Session Number: 1723
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: aid organizations, Community Engagement, democratic evaluation, equitable evaluation, exemplary practice, International and Cross Cultural Evaluat, participatory evaluation, power, Program monitoring and evaluation
Session Facilitator: Isabella Jean [Director of Evaluation and Learning - CDA Collaborative Learning Projects]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Isabella Jean [Director of Evaluation and Learning - CDA Collaborative Learning Projects]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Leslie Groves [Senior Social Development Consultant]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Laia Grino [Sr. Manager, Transparency, Accountability and Results - InterAction]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Carlisle Levine [President and CEO - BLE Solutions, LLC]
Time: Nov 12, 2015 (11:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Room: Columbus G

Audience Level: Advanced

Session Abstract: 

To ensure evaluation quality, some argue for external evaluation and others for local ownership. For the latter group, people meant to benefit from international assistance have a right to be part of evaluation processes and are best positioned to identify evaluation questions, determine what will count as success, and interpret findings. But how do we convince evaluation funders and commissioners to support locally owned evaluation? How best can organizations incrementally adopt a local ownership approach? How do we simultaneously ensure quality, rigor and local ownership? How do we address power shifts that come with locally owned evaluation? After providing a brief overview, the facilitators will divide session participants into breakout groups to address these questions.

The facilitators draw on their experiences studying beneficiary feedback in evaluation for DFID, advancing local ownership in evaluation among US-based INGOs, and promoting feedback loops with those affected by international assistance through CDA’s Listening Project.


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