Capacity Building and Impact Evaluation Across Cultural Settings

Session Number: 1884
Track: Health Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Cultural Competence In Evaluation, Government, Health, HIV/AIDS, International and Cross Cultural Evaluat, international health
Session Chair: Ana Djapovic Scholl [USAID]
Discussant: Ana Djapovic Scholl [USAID]
Presenter 1: Kristen Wares [USAID]
Presenter 2: Sian Louise Curtis [UNC]
Presenter 3: Gustavo Angeles [Carolina Population Center / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill]
Presenter 4: Martha Priedeman Skiles [Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill]
Time: Nov 12, 2015 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: Stetson A

Abstract 1 Title: The Necessity of Capacity Building and Local Partners in International Evaluation
Presentation Abstract 1: Senior USAID project management leadership will discuss the decision to prioritize capacity building and rigorous evaluation in USAID’s Global Health bureau’s flagship monitoring and evaluation project. Capacity building and partnering with local academic and evaluation institutions have become integral to the project’s success in implementing rigorous evaluations and fostering a culture of data use, and the presentation will discuss how capacity building and partnership across different cultural settings has becomes a core value in the project’s strategic vision and how that value has been put into action.
Abstract 2 Title: Tentative title: Bangladesh Evaluation
Presentation Abstract 2: Presenter will discuss the evaluation questions and methods, with a focus on the opportunities and challenges that come with working with local partners and keeping capacity building at the core of the evaluation. Presenters will also discuss the importance of working with local partners to foster a culture of data use for decision making to improve health at the local and global level.
Abstract 3 Title: Tentative title: Guatemala Evaluation
Presentation Abstract 3: Presenter will discuss the evaluation questions and methods, with a focus on the opportunities and challenges that come with working with local partners and keeping capacity building at the core of the evaluation. Presenters will also discuss the importance of working with local partners to foster a culture of data use for decision making to improve health at the local and global level.
Abstract 4 Title: Tentative Title: Ukraine Evaluation
Presentation Abstract 4: Presenter will discuss the evaluation questions and methods, with a focus on the opportunities and challenges that come with working with local partners and keeping capacity building at the core of the evaluation. Presenters will also discuss the importance of working with local partners to foster a culture of data use for decision making to improve health at the local and global level.
Audience Level: Advanced
Other Information: The titles of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th abstracts are tentative

Session Abstract: 

This panel will focus on the importance of capacity building in fostering a culture of evaluation and data use in international health.  Presenters will discuss the decision to prioritize capacity building and rigorous evaluation in USAID’s Global Health Bureau’s flagship monitoring and evaluation project.  Partnering with local academic institutions and evaluation organizations has become integral to the project’s success in implementing rigorous evaluations and fostering a culture of data use.  Presenters will highlight both the diversity of contexts and evaluation designs, and commonalities across a number of impact evaluations conducted in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. They will discuss how local organizations were key to success, and how results were or will be used to empower populations and improve health.  Across various socio-economic and cultural settings, presenters will discuss the challenges faced as well as what facilitates exemplary evaluations - the enabling factors, actions, and drivers of success.