Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Equity-Focused and Gender-Responsive Evaluation: Real Life Examples from the Field

Session Number: 1880
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Session Chair: Inoussa Kabore, MD, MPH [UNICEF]
Discussant: Donna M Mertens [Independent Consultant]
Presenter 1: Michele Tarsilla [Independent Evaluation Consultant ]
Presenter 2: Mathew Varghese [Senior Evaluation Specialist, UNICEF]
Presenter 3: Inga Sniukaite [UNWomen]
Presenter 4: Ana Cristina Guimaraes Matos [M&E Coordinator, UNICEF Brazil ]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Laurence Reichel [Evaluation Specialist - UNICEF]
Time: Nov 13, 2015 (01:45 PM - 03:15 PM)
Room: Columbus H

Abstract 1 Title: It Is Not all About Averages—Making the Case for Gender-Responsive and Equity-Focused Evaluation
Presentation Abstract 1: Evaluation has not always been able to capture the inequities often associated with -and even aggravated by- development interventions (Morrell, 2010). Abiding with the western paradigm that development processes are linear and could easily be measured with quantitative methods, evaluation has often strived to attest the average (mean) result of a program and has dismissed any unintended results for worst-off groups (Bamberger & Tarsilla, 2014; Bamberger and Segone 2010; Mertens, 2009). In order to address the limitations of contemporary evaluation practice, this presentation will set the stage for an engaging discussion with the other panelists and the audience by:
(i) providing a critical review of Equity-Based Evaluation (EBE) and gender responsive evaluation key theoretical foundations; and
(ii) presenting a series of innovative EBE tools and methodologies as well a few strategies to make some of the tools and methodologies (currently being used by the audience) more equity-focused in the future.

Abstract 2 Title: Key Findings and Lessons Learned from a Formative Evaluation of Equity-Focused Programming
Presentation Abstract 2: UNICEF and its partners since 2012 have been applying an equity-focused programme approach, named Monitoring of Results for Equity Systems (MoRES), to its programmes supported in many countries around the world. A corporate priority in UNICEF, MoRES operationalizes the equity agenda and accelerates progress in reaching the most deprived children.
In 2014, a formative evaluation was undertaken at an early stage to gauge progress of such complex and dynamic approach. Framed as a formative evaluation using innovative evaluation methods, the evaluation applied both a theory-based and a case study approach to identify best practices as well as corrective measures.
Based on the evaluation findings, the purpose of this first presentation is to discuss innovative methodological approaches for evaluation complex equity programming in various contexts. In doing so, the proposed panel will provide a sort of roadmap on how to “unpack” and evaluate equity-focused programmes more systematically in the future.

Abstract 3 Title: Innovations and Challenges in Conducting Evaluation of Women’s Economic Empowerment Programmes
Presentation Abstract 3: UN Women is a leading agency in the United Nations on gender-responsive evaluation. It constantly aims to improve its evaluation practice to advance gender equality through evaluation that is innovative, robust, and empowering. The global thematic evaluation of UN Women’s work on economic empowerment was set out to push gender-responsiveness bar higher by systematically integrating a gender lens in the management, design and conduct of evaluation. The evaluation deployed a number of innovative evaluation methods such as collaborative outcome reporting, participatory video, qualitative comparative analysis and others. The purpose of this presentation is to explore the choices that evaluators made to ensure gender-responsiveness of evaluation through a stand-alone evaluation criteria on gender equality and human rights and the careful selection and sequencing of data collection and analysis methods. The presentation will also describe the key findings of this innovative evaluation and a way forward to using them.
Abstract 4 Title: It Is Not All About Evaluation—The Case of Equity-Based Monitoring at UNICEF Brazil
Presentation Abstract 4: UNICEF Brazil has been working under an equity approach 2012. As part of their equity-focused programming, UNICEF has supported the conduct of situation analyses across Brazil to identify key determinants of deprivation for children and adolescents (e.g., geographic location, personal conditions – including disability, sexual orientation, gender, race and income). Based on such information, two national initiatives were specifically designed to monitor and improve the situation of the most marginalized:

a) the UNICEF Municipal Sea: implemented in the poorest regions of the country, home to 29 million children, this is a certification programme promoting participatory social monitoring of key indicators and evidence-based policy-making to guarantee the rights of vulnerable children in over 1,500 municipalities; and

b) the Urban Centers Platform: this system includes 8 of Brazil´s largest cities and uses a set of indicators disaggregated at sub-municipal level to identify the most deprived areas, support policy decisions and monitor inequality reduction.

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract: 

In response to the lack of readily accessible real life and concrete examples of equity-based and gender responsive evaluations, this panel aims to provide the audience with a better understanding of both topics through the review of case studies on how UN Women and UNICEF staff working in different regions of the world have been able to conduct equity-based and gender-responsive evaluations in a variety of settings. The first presentation, delivered by an international evaluation and capacity development specialist, will introduce the relevance of equity in monitoring and evaluation and will demonstrate how well equity-based evaluations contribute to detecting unintended outcomes of development programs. The second and third presentations will address innovative methodological approaches, challenges, lessons learned, findings and their implications for equity and gender programming and evaluation. The fourth and last presentation will be centered on the introduction of equity in monitoring activities. 


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