Evaluating Diplomacy Initiatives: Reconciling Stakeholder Satisfaction with Policy Objectives
Session Number: 2760
Track: Government Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Session Facilitator: Stephanie Monschein [M&E Specialist/Manager - Dexis Consulting Group]
Time: Nov 14, 2015 (09:45 AM - 10:30 AM)
Room: Skyway 260
Audience Level: None
When USG diplomacy initiatives contain no concrete theory of change, objectives, strategic focus, or indicators, it is difficult to evaluate their effectiveness or to reconcile it with the satisfaction of the hostcountry governments. These two measures of success (of the initiatives' subprojects vs the success of the overall diplomatic facet) are not inherently the same. When beneficiary satisfaction is the indicator of effectiveness and it rests upon something outside the scope, the concreteness of the definition of “success” becomes even more abstract. Take for example, Country X, which wants a bridge built under an initiative with no objective to do so. Diplomacy with Country X will falter even if the reason is not within the manageable interest. This affects the monitoring and evaluation of “success” as well as the expectations of the governments involved. The presentation will pose questions about managing host government expectations, dual evaluation strategies, and past experience.
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