Evaluating Integrated Global Development: Designs for Impact Assessment and Data Visualization

Session Number: 2437
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Multi-sector evaluation
Session Chair: Cynthia Clapp-Wincek [Independent consultant - Alliance for Peacebuilding, Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium]
Presenter 1: Kristin Lindell [Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Specialist - USAID LEARN/Dexis Consulting Group]
Presenter 3: Tessa Ahner-McHaffie [Technical Officer - FHI 360]
Time: Oct 29, 2016 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: A708

Abstract 1 Title: Evaluating an Integrated Development Approach for a Social Venture
Presentation Abstract 1:

As a social venture seeking to eradicate extreme poverty, Nuru International employs an integrated model that assists communities in breaking the poverty cycle. Nuru’s integrated approach intentionally layers and sequences its Agriculture, Financial Inclusion, Healthcare and Education programs to maximize the potential benefits for households. To capture these amplified effects, Nuru Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) utilizes a quasi-experimental evaluation design with the intent of measuring the progress of the four impact programs as well as the overarching impact of these programs on poverty. By following a panel set farmers from a geographically isolated non-intervention group as well as the same cohort of Nuru households over time, Nuru M&E evaluates whether or not any observed changes in well-being can be attributed to Nuru programming. Ultimately, Nuru’s evaluation design seeks to provide sufficient and timely evidence for the social venture, thus enhancing its abilities to make data-driven decisions about its integrated model.

Abstract 3 Title: Translating Information into Action: An Interactive Evidence Map
Presentation Abstract 3:

Calls for more holistic and multi-sector approaches to international development continue to grow, and in turn, demand for evidence to inform decisions on how to design and deliver these integrated programs increases. Yet the evidence base for integrated development approaches is broad, complex and poses significant challenges for streamlined communication. To address this, FHI 360 translated a repository of over 500 research articles on different integrated models into an interactive ‘evidence map’. During this session we will describe the map’s creation process, and demo the map to show some of the broader trends of what it can tell us about the state of evaluation for integrated development and some of the ways it can be used for a variety of different decision-makers.

Presentation 3 Other Authors: Tricia Petruney, Technical Advisor, FHI 360
Andrew Goodall, Program Officer, FHI 360
Rolando Morales, Consultant

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract: 

With the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international development sector is calling for more cohesive international development interventions. Integrated development, or the purposeful design, implementation and evaluation of multi-sector strategies, presents a plausible approach to achieving the SDGs. While integrated development is not new for the international development community, several unanswered questions remain. Mainly, how effective is integrated development in the international context? And of equal importance, how are governments and organizations designing integrated programs and evaluations? In an effort to provide answers, this panel  an overview of the integrated development evidence base via an interactive map developed by FHI. 360. It presents one integrated evaluation case study from the social venture, Nuru International. Overall, the panel hopes to provide evaluators with examples of integrated development evaluations as well as a user-friendly tool with access to the broader evidence.