Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Conducting Evaluation System Diagnostics - Tools and Experience from INGOs and Governments

Session Number: 2423
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: Evaluation demand, evaluation use
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Stephen Porter [Director: Learning, Evaluation and Accountability Department - Oxfam America]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: PARK TWR STE 8224

Theme: Learning About Evaluation Use and Users
Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Conducting an evaluation system diagnostic that helps to understand different forms of demand for evaluation requires a varied toolset. This workshop introduces diagnostic tools that were developed through eleven diagnostics of government evaluation systems in Africa, application in an international NGO and in evaluation systems development in the UK Government. These tools are designed to answer three questions: (i) What is value of evaluation in the context? (ii) What demands emerge from different stakeholders? (iii) What is the relevance of the evaluation systems in place in responding to these demands? Answers to these questions are argued to be of high importance for the development of evaluation systems as they inform refinement of evaluation policy, competencies and quality assurance mechanisms.

In the process participants will engage with: surveys that have been developed to gauge evaluation demand; additional tools for that aid the identification of underlying problems; and useful political economy frameworks.

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