Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Creating a learning strategy to build M&E capacity and standardize measurements in women's leadership

Session Number: 1704
Track: Feminist Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
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Session Chair: Alejandra Garcia diaz villamil [MEL Director - Vital Voices Global Partnership]
Presenter 1: Melineh Petrosyan [Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Vital Voices Global Partnership]
Presenter 2: Kelly Heller [Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator - Vital Voices Global Partnership]
Presenter 3: Marrayam Khera
Presenter 4: Alejandra Garcia diaz villamil [MEL Director - Vital Voices Global Partnership]
Presenter 5: Angelo Gamarra [Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist - Vital Voices Global Partnership]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)
Room: Delaware A

Abstract 1 Title: Gender Based Violence Initiative: Building Program Staff Capacity to Increase the Validity of Survey Tools
Presentation Abstract 1:

Access to global resources and justice for survivors of gender-based violence is an important aspect of the Vital Voices Human Rights initiative. This initiative offers support to improve survivor conditions and reduce the incidence of violence.  Given the survivor’s circumstances and socio-economic context, the collection of online survey data to determine impact is a challenge on validity, confidentiality and privacy. This challenge is magnified when there is no presence to gather information or it’s gathered by local partners.  As a result, the survey design, purpose and administration are affected by both the survivor’s context and programmatic timeline. To increase the validity of survey design while adapting to the context of the survivor and program timeline, Vital Voices will discuss new approaches in survey design as a way to build capacity among program staff.  The process aims to strike a balance between what is realistically possible and best evaluation practices in a gender based violence setting.  

Abstract 2 Title: Building an M&E Framework from an Evaluation to capture the Impact of Individualized Investments
Presentation Abstract 2:

Individualized and deep investments for women leaders is an integral part of the women’s leadership model for Vital Voices to catalyze large societal and cultural progress for communities. To test this hypothesis, and ultimately develop a monitoring and evaluation framework, Vital Voices is partnering with Ipsos to pilot an impact evaluation framework. The evaluation design involved developing a typology for the three women selected and creating tailored methods to measures women’s impact. Plus, developing a contribution analysis tool to capture the impact Vital Voices has on these women’s work. This framework will be implemented across individual investment programs. Relevant tools and indicators will be incorporated organization-wide into M&E frameworks. The presentation discusses lessons learned from the evaluation design and data collection processes across contexts, usage and sectors while increasing the quality and standardization of data.

Abstract 3 Title: Sharing data, analysis and learning across interventions to improve women’s economic empowerment indicators
Presentation Abstract 3:

The field of women’s economic empowerment continues to lack common indicators to monitor and evaluate impact across different interventions. Practitioners, researchers, and donors are contributing to this space by sharing data, analysis, and learnings with one another. Vital Voices supports the development of common women’s economic empowerment indicators for the ExxonMobil Foundation’s Women's Economic Opportunity Initiative (WEOI) portfolio. Vital Voices, through our economic empowerment program, offer a business accelerator and leadership development program for women owners of small and medium sized enterprises. This grantee and donor partnership developed by rethinking how to integrate the information needs required by the donor along with the program’s and organization’s needs. The presentation focuses on lessons learned during the integration of this effort within Vital Voice’s existing robust M&E system that tracks economic and social outcomes achieved to measure women’s economic empowerment.

Abstract 4 Title: Building Internal M&E Capacity to Better Evaluate Women Leadership’s Outcomes
Presentation Abstract 4:

Organizations working in women’s empowerment need to increase their internal M&E capacity to set up an effective M&E system that will yield evidence towards impacts. The need for data and evidence affected the evolution of evaluation and monitoring bringing about the importance of organizational learning and capacity strengthening to better evaluate impact. This shift from just accountability to internal organizational learning are both an opportunity and challenge for the field. Vital Voices Global Partnership is taking steps to improve monitoring, evaluation and learning capacity to demonstrate the impact of long-term investments in individual women leaders. Strong M&E capacity will ensure stronger M&E systems with high quality data that offer evidence on Vital Voices Global Partnership’s success and acquire knowledge by learning from the data to improve programming. The presentation focuses in the process and development of creating M&E capacity in the organization to improve the overall functionality of the current M&E system. The presentation will include the preliminary results of our diagnostic conducted to provide both an overview in the functionality of the current M&E system and M&E capacity needs assessment among staff. It will also discuss the lessons learned and next steps for Vital Voices.

Abstract 5 Title: Learning from each other to map results across Women Leadreship;s initiatives
Presentation Abstract 5:

The logic model defines and clearly links the processes (inputs, activities and outputs) that occur to yield intended outcomes. They provide a method to create planning, monitoring, and evaluation mechanisms enabling organizations to document, learn from, and report on their achievements. Vital Voices’ Global Program Initiatives provide multiple training and mentoring services to emerging women leaders around the world with hard to measure outcomes. In response to this difficulty, Vital Voices worked with the different programs of its Global Program Initiatives to define and refine process and outcomes measures and strategies consisting with Vital Voices TOC.  Drawing upon this experience, the presentation focuses on the lessons learned from the process of development of program logic models for Global Program Initiatives and how the organizations plans to use the information captured to fine-tune and better inform Vital Voice wide M&E framework and promote the use of evidence for improving programming.

Theme: Learning What Works and Why
Audience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The need for data and evidence impacted the evolution of the evaluation and monitoring field, which underscored the importance of organizational learning and capacity building to better understand impact. A strategy which coordinates monitoring, evaluation and learning activities is crucial to harmonizing and creating better standards in M&E implementation.  If successful, increasing M&E capacity and utility will yield an organizational culture that fosters learning. For this purpose, Vital Voices Global Partnership continues to learn from data and create strong M&E capacity which generates knowledge to reduce gender-based violence, increase women’s leadership, and foster economic empowerment. The lessons learned from each program’s M&E system are used to inform and fine-tune the organizational-wide M&E framework. This panel offers valuable M&E capacity-building insights and approaches to improve measurement impact and satisfy stakeholder information needs.

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