Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Principles-Focused Evaluation for Robust M&E Frameworks: Examples from countering violent extremism

Session Number: 1936
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: complexity, Countering Violent Extremism, Framework development, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), principles focused evaluation, systems approaches
Session Facilitator: Heather Britt [Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Social Solutions International]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Heather Britt [Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Social Solutions International]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Tonya Caprarola Giannoni [Chief of Party - Social Solutions International]
Time: Nov 01, 2018 (01:45 PM - 02:30 PM)
Room: Hilton - Center St. Meeting Room B

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

In highly contested political spaces, evaluation can speak truth to power by respecting individual’s aspirations and reasoning. Evaluation can play that role for programming to counter violent extremism (CVE), however, specific characteristics of CVE programming present challenges for useful M&E. Most program-level M&E systems are built to aggregate data across projects to measure shared goals.  Because CVE interventions are often integrated into projects which advance non-CVE goals, CVE portfolios are often comprised of very diverse interventions operating in dynamic conditions.  The imperative to unify programming and demonstrate progress toward shared objectives often leads to the creation of M&E frameworks that are too general to be useful, or too narrow to reflect context, or too rigid to respond to change.  This roundtable explores solutions to these challenges when designing M&E plans for CVE interventions and portfolios. Principles-focused evaluation can provide an infrastructure for M&E frameworks that are both robust and agile.

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