Evaluation 2019: Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal

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Evaluation and adaptive learning to support innovation in international development

Session Number: 2259
Track: Use and Influence of Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: adaptive evaluation, adaptive learning, innovation challenge, innovation policy, international development evaluation
Session Chair: Luke Heinkel [Senior Program Officer - Results for Development]
Presenter 1: Jessica Ruth Kiessel [Head of Learning and Impact - Omidyar Network]
Presenter 2: Patrick Sommerville [Managing Director - LINC]
Presenter 3: Erin Fletcher [Economist - R4D]
Presenter 4: Praneetha Vissapragada [Senior Program Associate - R4D]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (03:45 PM - 04:45 PM)
Room: CC M100 F

Abstract 1 Title: Impact Measurement in Innovation
Presentation Abstract 1:

As head of learning and impact, Jessica oversees and develops Omidyar Network’s impact measurement, management, and its learning culture. On this panel, Jessica will share her experience measuring impact of innovative programming in the development context, and then share her reflections on challenges and possible solutions around measuring impact of innovations with the panel. 

Abstract 2 Title: Evaluation and Adaptive Learning to Support Innovation in International Development, Systems Thinking
Presentation Abstract 2:

Patrick will speak to a systems approach to MEL for innovative programming

Abstract 3 Title: Adaptive Learning on a Health Markets Innovation
Presentation Abstract 3:

Dr. Fletcher is the principal investigator for an adaptive learning engagement with Tupaia, a health markets innovator in the Pacific. Tupaia's goal is to merge health records, supply chain, and other health data into one easy to use platform to enhance decision making at the regional, national, and provincial level. Dr. Fletcher's work enhances Tupaia's understanding of the barriers they face, potential solutions to overcome those barriers, and measures early indicators of effectiveness. On this panel, she will present her research and how she made her learnings salient to practitioners. 

Abstract 4 Title: Adaptive Evaluation for a Nutrition Innovation Accelerator
Presentation Abstract 4:

Ms. Vissapragada implemented an adaptive evaluation of LAUNCH Food, a nutrition innovation accelerator. Because the accelerator was working with early stage innovators, outcomes for beneficiaries were likely years away. Still, there was much to learn from an evaluation of the support the innovators received, and how that support could have been more impactful. Ms. Vissapragada will discuss how she developed research questions and methods for an evaluation that was meant to hold the program accountable, but also to inform accelerator implementers while they provided support to innovators.

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Effective sourcing, funding, and scaling of innovation poses particularly difficult challenges for evaluators. Was a funder more effective casting a wide net when sourcing innovations, or should they have focused on one narrow challenge and sourced potential solutions? If an intervention enabled an early stage innovator to get from concept to prototype, but getting the innovation in the hands of beneficiaries is still years away, did that intervention have an impact? How do you measure it? This panel includes funders, implementers, and evaluators who have been grappling with these questions for the past 3-5 years and they have valuable lessons to share with the broader evaluation community.

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