Integrating evaluation into national governments and public organizations: Tips to consider

Session Number: ICCE7
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Deborah L Rugg [Professor, Founder & Executive Director - Claremont Evaluation Center- New York]
Presenter 1: Michele Tarsilla [Independent Evaluator and Capacity Development Specialist - Independent Evaluation Consultant ]
Presenter 2: Robert E Lahey [President - REL Solutions Inc.]
Presenter 4: Pyae Phyo Maung [M&E Consultant - LIFT, UNOPS]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Robert E Lahey [President - REL Solutions Inc.]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Pyae Phyo Maung [M&E Consultant - LIFT, UNOPS]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Ana Coghlan, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor [UNOPS]
Time: Oct 29, 2016 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: A701

Abstract 1 Title: RealWorld Audit and Evaluation: What's in for global Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD)?
Presentation Abstract 1:

Internal audit and internal evaluation are organizational functions that, despite different epistemological traditions, share at times common research techniques and similarly intend to promote organizational effectiveness. In order to address the paucity of literature on this topic, and based on the presenter's awareness of an increasing overlap between audit and evaluation in many countries around the world, this paper will highlight potential synergies between the two disciplines. Aware of the distinctive sets of competencies one is required to have in order to practice audit and evaluation, and yet cognizant of the need auditors and evaluators to learn mutually about their respective tools and methodologies, this paper will discuss the implications of such cross-pollination on evaluation capacity development globally  (e.g. what new topics ought to be included in training programs for auditors and evaluators in the future, what is the best technical terminology or the best teaching strategy to use).

Abstract 2 Title: Evaluating Strategy - Lessons for Design and Use from the Evaluation of a 20-year Strategy for National Development
Presentation Abstract 2:

The evaluation of Botswana's long-term national strategy (Vision 2016) required design considerations and adaptation of evaluation approaches not normally aimed at this unit of analysis. But, senior officials of the country sought to gain 'lessons learned' from the experience of its inaugural 20-year national Vision, to serve as input to development of the next Vision (Vision 2036). Faced with both conceptual challenges in applying traditional concepts such as a ‘theory of change’, as well as technical problems in providing some assessment of the ‘contribution’ of the Vision to prosperity in the country, the challenge was to provide an evaluation that was both timely and deemed credible. The need to address both social and cultural issues, in addition to the economic issues of prosperity, added to the technical challenge. The paper discusses the challenges, realities and ultimately approach taken for the design and conduct of the evaluation, including the shaping of ‘lessons’ so as to maximize their utility for senior officials designing the next vision for the country.

Abstract 4 Title: Formation of the Myanmar Monitoring and Evaluation Association as part of the Global Evaluation Agenda
Presentation Abstract 4:

For Myanmar, with recent changes in the political landscape, the newly elected government is expected to be more accountable by using evaluation results to make evidence-based policy decisions. However, in Myanmar there is currently a weak evaluation culture, poor community feedback mechanisms and uneven professional competencies among evaluation practitioners. Thus there is an urgent need in Myanmar to establish a Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation (VOPE) in the form of the Myanmar Monitoring and Evaluation Association (MMEA). This establishment is also inline with the Global Evaluation Agenda 2016-2020, which states the priority areas of strengthening an enabling environment for evaluation; strengthening institutional capacities of VOPEs and Civil Society; strengthening individual evaluator capacity development; and the interlink between these three stated areas—for evaluation to contribute to the goal of more equitable development. This paper will present the background, how the MMEA is evolved and key lessons learnt to date.

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Integrating evaluation into national governments and public organizations: Tips to consider