Challenges and Successes of Operationalizing EvalGender+ Globally

Session Number: 2342
Track: Feminist Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Cross-cultural evaluation, democratic evaluation, Feminist Evaluation, Gender differences, Gender equality and women's empowerment, gender equity, gender-responsive, global, Governance, internal evaluation, Latinos, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), partnerships
Session Chair: Svetlana Negroustoueva [World Bank]
Presenter 1: Silvia Salinas Mulder [Independent Consultant]
Presenter 2: Sonal Zaveri [Secretary - Community of Evaluators South Asia]
Presenter 3: Adeline Sibanda, Interim President [African Evaluation Association]
Presenter 4: Asela Ranjith Lal Kalugampitiya [EvalPartners Executive Coordinator - EvalPartners]
Presenter 5: James Omoruyi Obakpolor, PPO(Labour/SDGs) [Principal Planning Officer - Nigeria Association of Evaluators / Min. of Budget & National Planning]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Fabiola Amariles [Learning for Impact, Corp.]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Madri Stephani Jansen van Rensburg [Chair/Independent Evaluator - AGDEN/Resilience Analysis Consulting]
Time: Oct 27, 2016 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: A706

Abstract 1 Title: Challenging myths and innovating strategies: Tending bridges to enhance LAC participation in the global evaluation dialogues
Presentation Abstract 1:

This presentation is about tending bridges to enhance LA&C participation in the global dialogues about gender and evaluation. It will explore innovative ways to promote the South-South knowledge exchange about the matter, as well as South-North dialogues. Based on the identification of prevailing myths, "political", language, cultural and operational barriers, it will reflect on how different stakeholders in Spanish & Portuguese-speaking countries of LA&C region may interact with the evaluation community fluently and effectively about monitoring and evaluating SDGs, taking into account the explosion of information and new forms of professional interaction for the implementation of development objectives. It will analyze the massive response from English-speaking countries from many regions to an e-consultation, while communities in other languages remained silent, thus depriving us of knowledge and ideas that are crucial for the design of evaluation systems that are responsive to the diverse cultures in which we interact.


Abstract 2 Title: Global and South-East Asia Consultations on Evaluation of SDGs using a gender and equity lens in South Asia.
Presentation Abstract 2:

Using online surveys and remote means two consultations on evaluations of SDGs were held. The findings from the first ever E consultation on evaluation using a gender and equity lens in South Asia will be presented and tringaulated with results from the global consultation. Respondents shared which of the new metrics had been used and were critical to learn - participatory, mixed methods and feminist research and data from tablets, mobile phones and new technologies as well as “big data” from various digital sources. Respondents shared the gender responsiveness and equity focus of national evaluation systems and why there was a problem in the demand and use of evaluations with a strong gender and equity focus. There was also a critical analysis regarding challenges in evaluating complex programs with a gender and equity lens providing insight on capacity building and advocacy needed to strengthen the use of a gender and equity lens in the evaluation of SDGs. The Consultations also informed the type of evaluation experience available globally and regionally, indicating capacity building needs.


Abstract 3 Title: Gender Responsive Assessment of Monitoring and Evaluation Policies and Systems in the Africa Context
Presentation Abstract 3:

African Gender and Development Evaluators Network (AGDEN) has developed a Gender Diagnostic Tool which has been used to conduct gender responsive assessments of Monitoring and Evaluation Policies and Systems in three countries, namely Benin, Uganda and South Africa. AGDEN will present the Gender Diagnostic tool, the tool development process and the results from the Gender Assessment of Monitoring and Evaluation Policies and Systems in the three countries.


Abstract 4 Title: Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation and EvalGender+
Presentation Abstract 4:

The Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation (GPFE) session would discuss successes and challenges in the implementation of several initiatives advancing GPFE agenda through collaboration with EvalGender+, including:
• Supporting countries to work on National Evaluation Policies with engaging parliamentarians, to ensure enabling environment for gender-responsive and equity-focused evaluation.
• The “Parliamentarians for Evaluation” Campaign inviting parliamentarians around the world to advocate for evaluation in the context of Agenda 2030 (SDGs) in line with the EvalAgenda 2020, including special focus on the gender-responsive and equity-focused evaliation.
• Use of webinars to share parliamentarians experience in promoting evaluation with other parliamentarians and the evaluation community.
• Capacity building of parliamentarians and parliaments and information sharing to them on gender-responsive and equity-focused evaluations though webinars, web platforms and social media.


Abstract 5 Title: Developing equity-focused and gender-responsive multi-stakeholder partnerships for national evaluation systems to strengthen evaluation capacities for sustainable development agenda
Presentation Abstract 5:

The Panel paper aims at strengthening the participants appreciation and understanding of the rationale for and concept of, gender-transformative and equity focused evaluation involving diverse stakeholders as partners in strengthening evaluation capacities for sustainable development agenda influenced by the global goals aiming to review and update national and sub-national evaluation framework or systems. The paper will have two segments.

First is an interactive session which will provide the participants with experience from a community life competence approach from the field on what happens when local and state communities are approached for behind the scenario evaluation stories through stimulation, apppreciation, Learning to Listen and to transfer or share knowledge. This has been successfully applied in 66 countries, and this approach can help create a safe space where the most marginalised can share and engage without fear and without being judged from a broad national context.  This is particularly valuable in scenarios where we would like to bring in the contribution and inputs of those deeply affected by the issues. 

Second segment is to feature a gender and empowerment based evaluation framework inspired by Amartya Sen’s concept of entitlements and opportunities. This framework is relevant when the objective of the program includes women’s empowerment supported by an equal opportunity policy environment.  Women’s empowerment is discussed at three levels of empowerment, using a case study and based on Rowland’s concept of: - power to (individual), power with (collective) and power within (deep rooted values) frame in the assessment of gender and diversity related impact. 

 


Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

The launch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have emphasized the need for the international evaluation community to alleviate the role of evaluation to measure SDG implementation. EvalGender+ partnership for Equity Focused and Gender Responsive Evaluations, EvalSDGs and Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation were launched in 2015, together with and formally established. EvalGender+ was designed to contribute to achieving social equity and gender equality by engendering development policies through equity focused and gender responsive evaluation. The session would feature presentations from the members of the EvalGender+ and Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation groups on their operationalization in 2016. Presenters will discuss successes and challenges in ensuring that the gender-equal and equity-focused evaluations of the SDGs is owned and led at the country level through inclusive and multi-stakeholders processes, and that national evaluation systems have capacities to respond to the demands for evaluation designs that leave noone behind.