Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Learning Together: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally to Build Evaluator and Evaluation Capacity

Session Number: 1966
Track: AEA Sponsored Sessions
Session Type: Panel
Tags: emerging evaluator, evaluation associations, evaluation capacity, Evaluation capacity building, evaluation capacity development, evaluation capacity improvement, evaluation networks, international, new evaluators, novice evaluator, VOPE, young people, Youth, youth voice
Session Chair: Kathryn Newcomer [Professor - George Washington University]
Presenter 1: Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead [Assistant Professor - University of Connecticut ]
Presenter 2: Cinthia Josette Arevalo [PhD - George Washington University]
Presenter 3: Awuor PONGE, Development Policy Analyst [Associate Research Fellow - African Policy Centre (APC)]
Presenter 4: Ashaki M. Jackson [Research Portfolio Manager - Los Angeles County Department of Health Services]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Antonella Guidoccio [General Coordinator of Evaluation - Ministry of Modernisation Argentina]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Claudia Paola Olavarría [Researcher - Eval Chile]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: Wilson C

Abstract 1 Title: EvalYouth and Its’ Efforts to Build Global Evaluator and Evaluation Capacity
Presentation Abstract 1:

EvalYouth, launched in November 2015 as part of the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear), was conceptualized as a multi-stakeholder partnership to promote the interests and needs of young and emerging evaluators and youth and young people. The response to EvalYouth has been nothing short of electric. This is significant, not only because it is an indication that EvalYouth’s goals seem to be properly calibrated to real-world, on-the-ground demand, but also because it suggests that the very people we are trying to reach see viability and potential in the way we’re attempting to meet global demands for evaluation.  In this presentation, participants will learn about the history of EvalYouth, its accomplishments, and future plans.


Abstract 2 Title: EvalYouth LAC: Lessons Learned from a Youth-Led Regional Initiative
Presentation Abstract 2:

This paper presents the lessons learned from the process of founding and strengthening a regional chapter of EvalYouth to build evaluation capacity in Latin America and increase the demand of evaluation. First, this paper provides a broad overview of the level and quality of the professional insertion of new evaluators in the region. This overview is based on the results from a study about how young professionals in the region are being included in evaluation practice and about the challenges they face. Second, it addresses the challenges of closing the gap between evaluation supply and demand by providing recommendations about how EvalYouth and similar initiatives can advocate to raise awareness about YEEs’ needs, incentivize young professionals to enter the evaluation profession, and promote the use of evaluation from emerging evaluators and experts. To conclude, the paper proposes actions to strengthen the work of other regional and national youth-led initiatives.


Abstract 3 Title: Igniting the Professional Spark in Young and Emerging Evaluators in Africa
Presentation Abstract 3:

This presentation seeks to share for purposes of learning, the experience and challenges of engaging with the YEE in Kenya, Africa and the Global South. Mentoring has had great impacts on the development of skills and professional competencies of the mentees. The Mentoring Programme at IDEAS was established with a view to involve the youth in evaluation, thereby enhancing their professional development. It sought to create opportunities for youth evaluators to benefit from the advice of senior evaluators and hands-on experience needed to build specific professional skills. This presentation will share the process of establishing the programme, the challenges and how we have managed to address the challenges. This programme was geared to ignite the professional spark in the YEEs. This presentation therefore shares the hopes and aspirations of the YEE, and development of their professional competencies, and making suggestions on incentives to the youth in the evaluation profession.


Abstract 4 Title: Investing in Scholarship: The AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship
Presentation Abstract 4:

In their ongoing campaign to diversify evaluation practitioners, the AEA houses and manages the Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) program, which is in its 15th program year. The GEDI program, designed by members of the former AEA Building Diversity Initiative, is a competitive fellowship that engages its small cohort of graduate students in virtual and in-person group mentoring, evaluation coursework and exercises over the course of an academic year. The presentation describes the process by which the GEDI program builds a cadre of new evaluators annually--its purpose, design, expectations and the spaces that GEDI alumni currently inhabit with their evaluation skills. Notes on program sustainability close the presentation.


Theme: Learning from Others
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This leading edge presentation will bring awareness to the EvalYouth Initiative and its associated activities, provide an opportunity for participants to hear about how AEA and other organizations across the globe are working to document and build evaluator and evaluation capacity, and facilitate sharing of experiences. Students and novice evaluators attending this panel will benefit through comparing and contrasting their own experiences with the experiences shared, networking with other evaluators, and learning about opportunities to improve their capacity to conduct high-quality evaluations. Experienced evaluators and individuals representing professional evaluation organizations will benefit by learning about how evaluation organizations across the globe are working to document and build evaluator and evaluation capacity, reflecting on these activities, and contributing to the conversation regarding the promotion and development of evaluator and evaluation capacity.



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