Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Managing Large- (and Small-) Scale International Data Collections

Session Number: 1785
Track: Evaluation Managers and Supervisors
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: Data Capture and Management (DCM), Data Collection, International Evaluation
Session Facilitator: Cassandra Jessee
Time: Nov 14, 2015 (10:45 AM - 11:30 AM)
Room: Field

Audience Level: None

Session Abstract: 

As evaluation in developing countries continues to expand, learning how to best manage and collect data across oceans or countries is increasingly important.  The learning opportunities are vast, but the challenges can be great without sufficient planning about the practical aspects of data collection.  This session draws on experiences in managing large- and small-scale data collections in Africa and highlights key considerations for planning and implementing data collection activities.   Discussions will focus on lesson learned in selecting, hiring and building capacity of local research/data collection firms; managing contractual and fiduciary risks as well as understanding labor issues; ensuring quality and managing ethical considerations; and understanding political, social, environmental and economic climate in which the data collection occurs. Participants are encouraged to share their lessons and feedback on how to best manage international data collection efforts that contribute to high quality evaluations.

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