Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Participatory self-evaluation: balancing rigor with use of findings to improve child care reform in four countries

Session Number: 2608
Track: Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation
Session Type: Ignite
Tags: Child Care Systems, children's rights, empowerment evaluation, self-assessment
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Molly Cannon [Director, Measurement and Learning - Palladium]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (10:30 AM - 11:15 AM)
Room: CC - 3: Ignite 15 (Fri 11:10-11:15am)

Other Authors: Mari Hickmann (Mari.Hickmann@thepalladiumgroup.com);
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care for Children drive care reform globally. MEASURE Evaluation, funded by USAID, used a participatory approach in developing a care reform self-assessment tool to assess countries’ status on implementation of the UN Guidelines. We then supported the governments of Armenia, Ghana, Moldova and Uganda in facilitating a workshop with stakeholders that involved automatically generating simple Excel-based dashboards to provide real time results. This session will describe the importance of stakeholder involvement in evaluation tool development; the value of a real-time self-evaluation in building consensus and leading to action; and the pros and cons of quality limitations and use of findings.

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