Evaluating the Evaluators: Learning from the EvalPartners Partnership
Session Number: 2619
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Session Chair: Jim Rugh [EvalPartners International]
Discussant: Mike Hendricks [Evaluation Consultant]
Presenter 1: Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas [EnCompass LLC]
Presenter 2: Donna M Mertens [Independent Consultant]
Presenter 3: (other international partners if they can come to Chicago) [IOCE/EvalPartners]
Time: Nov 11, 2015 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)
Room: Skyway 260
Abstract 1 Title: Evaluating the Evaluators: A Rich Consultative Learning Experience
Presentation Abstract 1: The evaluation of EvalPartners presented many challenges. The management and members of EP is distributed in all corners of the earth, speaks different languages, and is part of different activities under EP. We asked our evaluators to capture it all. We wanted to know what everyone thought at every level. We expected our evaluators to be highly consultative but to tell us the unvarnished truth; and all that on a moderate budget. A behind the scenes look at the cacophony of demands made by your colleagues, and the way we were managed by our evaluators as we behaved predictably like clients. Working closely with a Steering Committee of 7, the evaluators produced a challenging and useful evaluation that we are now using to chart our next steps.
Abstract 2 Title: Experience of Washington Evaluators Partnership with VOPEs in Central Asia
Presentation Abstract 2: The context for evaluation in Central Asia and Russia demonstrates both the importance of understanding that knowledge is historically situated and the need to incorporate historical knowledge, as well as cultural, social, geographic, and economic conditions into the improvement of evaluation theory and practice. The P2P project between Washington Evaluators (WE) and the Kyrygz and Tajik evaluation peers included careful analysis of the implications of historical and contextual factors in determining the meaning of evaluation in this part of the world and developing a pathway forward to address critical issues such as reduction of gender violence, building evaluation capacity, and strengthening evaluation organizations. Representatives of the evaluation communities were joined by members of Parliament, the business community, and donor agencies to broaden the audience. AEA supported this unique partnership by funding travel for representatives from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Washington DC for interactions with WE and many federal agencies.
Abstract 3 Title: Sharing by Others who Participated in the P2P Partnership Program
Presentation Abstract 3: We are hoping that leaders of other VOPEs that participated in the IOCE/EvalPartners-supported P2P program will be able to join us at AEA 2015 in Chicago. However, as of the time of submission of this proposal it was not certain who all will be able to be there.
Audience Level: Advanced
The evaluation of EvalPartners (www.mymande.org/evalpartners) found that EvalPartners has made important contributions to evaluation globally to enhance the evaluation capacities of VOPEs (Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation) to strengthen their own capacities and those of their members, but also, very significantly, to have influence policy makers, public opinion and other key stakeholders so that public policies are based on evidence, and incorporate considerations of equity and effectiveness. EvalPartners includes almost every key evaluation partner in the world. Come and discuss the findings and conclusions of the evaluation, and learn about the outcomes of powerful peer learning and action, including lessons learned from the partnerships among VOPEs, the inclusion of parliamentarians for evaluation as a new alliance, and the passage of a UN Resolution on Building Evaluation Capacities at Country Level. EvalPartners belongs to all of us, so come offer your own perspective on the findings and recommendations from this evaluation.
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