Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Case Studies: Speaking Truth to Supporting Gender Equality

Session Number: FIE2
Track: Feminist Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Sabira Ebaady, MPH [CQI Evaluation Coordinator - Louisiana Public Health Institute]
Presenter 1: Kaia Ambrose [Evaluation Officer - Caribbean Development Bank]
Presenter 2: Sian Louise Curtis [Research Associate Professor - UNC]
Presenter 3: Emily Springer [University of Minnesota Sociology]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Jessica Fehringer [Senior Technical Specialist - Evaluation and Gender - MEASURE Evaluation]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Milissa Markiewicz
Time: Oct 31, 2018 (04:30 PM - 05:30 PM)
Room: CC - 22

Abstract 1 Title: Evaluating a Multilateral Development Bank's Gender Policy: seeking meaningful dialogue and action-oriented recommendations
Presentation Abstract 1: Gender equality has been recognized as a cross-cutting theme in the Caribbean Development Bank's strategic plans for more than a decade, and to support this CDB adopted a Gender Equality Policy and Operational Strategy in 2008.  But what stays on paper? What is put into action? What are the particular nuances of operationalizing gender equality in the Caribbean context as well as the context of a Multilateral Development Bank? What conversations happen and don't happen? Is the policy relevant, effective and are its outcomes sustainable? Evidence-gathering, dialogue and learning around these questions and others are currently being facilitated by an evaluation of the Gender Policy, which will feed into a renewed strategy in the latter half of 2018.  This presentation will review the highlights of the evaluation, including the effort to feed realistic and sometimes challenging recommendations into a renewed policy, in a participatory manner.
Abstract 2 Title: Evaluating Gender Dimensions of Agricultural Programs: A Case Study from Zambia
Presentation Abstract 2: Women are critical for agricultural development in developing countries but have limited access to land, resources, and markets. Because evaluation of gender dimensions of agricultural interventions has been limited, Feed the Future (FTF) made gender a priority in its “learning agenda.” MEASURE Evaluation’s impact evaluation of FTF’s Zambia groundnut value-chain interventions considered whether women had been displaced from a traditionally female-controlled crop through efforts to commercialize it. A household panel survey with program and comparison groups, focus group discussions, and interviews covered agriculture- and gender-related topics. This session shares lessons learned: differences in male-female reporting on decision making, feasibility of addressing intimate partner violence within an agriculture study, and sample-size changes longitudinally owing to the need to survey both household decision makers. Addressing these topics in agriculture with data from women and men is rare; experience collecting and analyzing these data will inform evaluators in this and other domains.
Abstract 3 Title: "Counted as Present, but Quiet as Mice": The Tenuous Relationship Between Evaluation Systems and Women's Empowerment
Presentation Abstract 3: Women’s empowerment is recognized as a ‘driving force’ within the recent development initiative of a large international funder. This paper situates the task of women’s empowerment within the organizational pressure to deliver results to donors. It is based on thirty interviews, capturing perspectives across the evaluation system, with Gender Specialists, Evaluation Coordinators, and Chiefs of Party in an African country and donor headquarters.  I argue that methods of sex-disaggregated data combined with contractual targets for women’s participation focus attention on numerical benchmarks over the social transformation of gender relations. Although gender professionals view quantitative indicators as inadequate for capturing the underlying causes for gender relations and the realities of women’s lives, they utilize them to “make the case” for gender programming in possibly unenthusiastic communities and prove the need for investment. Simultaneously, professionals throughout the system describe consistent organizational pressures for easy-to-demonstrate results, closing the space for concerted empowerment programming.
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Session Abstract (150 words):  Case Studies: Speaking Truth to Supporting Gender Equality

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