Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Bridging the Gap: Building New Evaluation Capacities

Session Number: OL-ECB2
Track: Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Erin Bock [Director of Research and Evaluation - The Sherwood Foundation]
Presenter 1: Timothy Andrew Carey [Director - Flinders University]
Presenter 2: Kerrin Ann Barrett [M&E Advisor - Nadya Mundo LTD]
Presenter 3: Natalie Cook [Ph.D. Student - Virginia Tech]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Nick Zyznieuski
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Yama Ahmad
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Noorahman Wardak [M&E Database Assistant]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (03:30 PM - 04:15 PM)
Room: Wilson A

Abstract 1 Title: Rising to the Challenge of Increasing Evaluation Practices in Remote Australia
Presentation Abstract 1:

Indigenous Australians lag unacceptably behind non-Indigenous Australians on almost any health outcome one wishes to measure. Despite significant amounts of money being channelled into programs and services for Indigenous Australians very few interventions are ever evaluated. Although this problem has now been recognised, the challenge remains to find ways to encourage health professionals and other service providers to incorporate evaluation into routine practice. The Australian-American Fulbright Commission has funded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to develop training that will assist people providing services and interventions to incorporate regular monitoring, evaluation, and feedback into their regular activities. Part of the training includes emphasising the importance of regular supervision and mentoring by experienced evaluators. By enhancing the skills of service providers in remote Indigenous communities substantial progress may be made in closing the gap between the health outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.


Abstract 2 Title: Building M&E Capacity Remotely: Tools, Techniques and those Time Zone Differences
Presentation Abstract 2:

There is increasing awareness on the part of donors and implementers in international development contexts of the important role of evaluation capacity building.  The need for quality data from the field coupled with increased demands for results-based evaluations means that strengthened capacity of local national partners is essential for programmatic success.  Challenges of knowledge transference using remote tools and time zone differences make building needed M&E capacity difficult, but not insurmountable.  Regular Skype meetings, sharing screens to demonstrate software skills, and hands-on learning with actual data serve to enhance M&E analytical skills, a critical element of evaluation good practice. This case study of building capacity of an M&E team that supports a Central Asian prison system reform program illustrates the tools and techniques used to effectively transfer M&E knowledge and skills via remote means. 


Presentation 2 Other Authors: Abdul Khalid Sahebzada
Abstract 3 Title: Transformative ECB: Promoting Inclusiveness and Social Justice by Centering the Transformative Paradigm in Evaluation Capacity Building
Presentation Abstract 3:

Evaluation capacity building is concerned with teaching evaluation knowledge and skills. Preskill and Boyle (2008) assert that drawing on theory can help “ensure that the ECB effort is designed in ways that are appropriate, culturally competent, and effective” (p. 449). In this presentation, I discuss Transformative ECB, which is intentionally designed not only to educate and train ECB participants to develop evaluation knowledge and skills, but also to scaffold ECB participants in recognizing “that knowledge is not neutral, but is influenced by human interests, and that all knowledge reflects the power and social relationships within society, and that an important purpose of knowledge construction is to help people improve society” (Mertens, 1999, p. 1). Presenting the example of a Transformative ECB initiative designed for the leaders of community-based programs, I argue that Transformative ECB is one way 21st century evaluators can respond to the challenge of inclusiveness and use evaluation to promote social good.


Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Bridging the Gap: Building New Evaluation Capacities



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