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

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YFE in global context

Session Number: YFE4
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Christina Olenik [Vice President, Technical Services - Making Cents International]
Presenter 1: Gerardo Sánchez, Consultant [Director - Mutua Social Research and Innovation]
Presenter 2: Awuor PONGE, Development Policy Analyst [Associate Research Fellow - African Policy Centre (APC)]
Presenter 3: Ousseni Kinda [MEAL specialist - Save the Children]
Presenter 4: Meri Ghorkhmazyan [Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning - World Learning ]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Claudia Paola Olavarría [Evaluator - EvalYouthLAC]
Time: Nov 16, 2019 (11:15 AM - 12:00 PM)
Room: Hilton Marquette IV

Abstract 1 Title: Lessons learned of an effective VOPE leadership transition: EvalYouth LAC
Presentation Abstract 1:

EvalYouth is an initiative launched at the 2015 Global Evaluation Week in Nepal, with the objective to promote Young and Emerging Evaluators (YEE) to become competent, experienced and well-networked professionals, contributing to enhance the evaluation capacity at the national, regional and international levels, and to promote the inclusion of young people in evaluations conducted at the national, regional and international levels. At the same time, a regional Latin American chapter of EvalYouth was launched with an executive committee of seven young and emerging Latin American evaluators. This first executive committee worked to create a governance structure and established an election process to promote a transparent and structured transition of leadership every two years.

This paper  describes the governance structure, challenges, and lessons learned by the first EvalYouth LAC executive committee. It also presents the election process and the mechanisms put in place to ensure a smooth transition of this youth-led initiative. Lastly, this paper elaborates on the challenges faced by the new executive committee, including strategies being delivered to enhance the Latin American evaluation network.

Abstract 2 Title: Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Renewal of the Momentum on Mentoring Young and Emerging Evaluators.
Presentation Abstract 2:

This presentation seeks to share for purposes of learning, the experience and challenges of engaging with the YEE in Kenya, Africa and the Global South. Mentoring has had great impacts on the development of skills and professional competencies of the mentees. This presentation will share some of the experiences in establishing Mentoring Programme in different VOPEs with a view to involve the youth in evaluation, thereby enhancing their professional development. Usually, these initiatives seek to create opportunities for young evaluators to benefit from the advice of senior evaluators and hands-on experience needed to build specific professional skills.

Abstract 3 Title: Strengthening child and youth participation in evaluation - A West African case study
Presentation Abstract 3:

This presentation focuses on recent experiences of save the Children in promoting and developing evaluation capacity related to children and youth participation. In our approach, we are recording and documenting initiatives to meaningfully engage children and youth in evaluation, and related research in order to better understand their knowledge, values, culture and real life experience. This undertaken in collaboration with child centered organizations, engaged academics, has already provided valuable insights on the involvement of children and youth in evaluation with a focus on the type of participation and the benefits of participation itself. Key outcomes from consultations, seminars, conferences and key informant interviews will be shared as well as an analysis of the critical challenges to ensuring child and youth participation in evaluation.  The presentation will review the strengths and weaknesses of current practices and strategies, and propose practical ways to address identified challenges and strengthen participation.

Abstract 4 Title: New and Old ways to Research the Impact of Soft Skills (Research in Algeria)
Presentation Abstract 4:

There has been rising global interest in teaching “life skills” and “soft skills” to youth, including multiple recent studies recommending the most crucial skills to teach for different goals, from sustainable development to youth employment. Yet this research has not always taken into account specific youth contexts and the voices of youth themselves. This paper presentation will offer one such contribution, reporting on empirical qualitative research conducted with 80 youth in Algeria, as they discussed their perspectives on the skills needed to obtain employment and take on productive adult roles in their own contexts. This research was undertaken as part of the Youth Employment Project (funded by MEPI and implemented by World Learning) in 9 wilayas of Algeria since 2015, and adds a new dimension to the quantitative tracer studies conducted with a larger sample of the over 7,000 youth trained to date through the project.

Presentation 4 Other Authors: Catherine Honeyman, Senior Youth Workforce Specialist, World Learning, Washington, DC
Audience Level: All Audiences

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YFE in global context

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