How do we innovate and adapt our thinking, methods and practices to ensure our evaluations address the important societal challenges of today?

Session Number: 1838
Track: Program Theory and Theory-Driven Evaluation
Session Type: Expert Lecture
Tags: adaptive management, Anti-microbial resistance, drug resistant infection, Health Evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jon Cooper [Partner - Human Development - Itad Limited ]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Paul Balogun [Independent Consultant - Itad Limited]
PD Workshop Lead Presenter: Jon Cooper [Partner - Human Development - Itad Limited ]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (02:45 PM - 03:30 PM)
Room: CC 200 J

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health security challenge attracting established and less familiar actors keen to support the response in lower income countries. Led by a new donor, the UK’s Fleming Fund supports 24 such countries to address AMR. Its evaluation focuses on promoting learning, adaptive management and iterative strategy development. While the Fund management requires the evaluators to support timely, evidence-informed and iterative decision-making, the context is complex and answers are needed before ‘results’ can be measured. Traditional evaluation methods that assume results can be delivered through pre-planned projects are a poor fit in this situation.

This paper draws on the evaluators’ response to these challenges, describing how evaluation methods such as theories of change can be used to inform iterative evidence-based strategy. It also provides critical reflections on how to apply adaptive management principles and evaluation methods in complex contexts (see Wild, L. and B. Ramalingam (2018)).