Making impact evaluation matter: Better evidence for effective policies and programmes

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Asian Development Bank, Manila, 1-5 September 2014

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) are hosting a major international impact evaluation conference Making Impact Evaluation Matter from 1-5 September 2014 in Manila. The call for proposals to present papers and conduct workshops at the conference is now open.

Making Impact Evaluation Matter will comprise pre-conference workshops for 2.5 days from 1-3 September 2014, and 2.5 days of the conference from 3-5 September. Major international figures in the field of impact evaluation are being invited to speak at the plenary sessions of the conference. There will be five to six streams of pre-conference workshops and up to eight streams of parallel sessions during the conference, allowing for over 150 presentations.

Proposals are now being invited for presentations on any aspect of impact evaluations and systematic reviews, including findings, methods and translation of evidence into policy. Researchers are welcome to submit proposals on the design (particularly innovative designs for difficult to evaluate interventions), implementation, findings and use of impact evaluations and systematic reviews. Policymakers and development programme managers are welcome to submit proposals on the use of impact evaluation and systematic review findings.

Parallel sessions at the conference will be organised around the following themes/sectors: (a) infrastructure (transport, energy, information and communication technology, urban development, and water), (b) climate change/ environment/ natural resources, (c) social development (health, education, gender equity, poverty and any other aspect of social development),  (d) rural development (agriculture,  food security and any other aspect of rural development),  (e)  financial inclusion, (f) institutionalisation of impact evaluation, and incorporating impact evaluation or systematic reviews into institutional appraisal and results frameworks, (g) impact evaluation of institutional and policy reform (including public management and governance), (h) impact evaluation methods, and (g) promotion of the use of evidence.

Workshop proposals are being invited on all aspects of designing, conducting and disseminating findings from impact evaluations and systematic reviews. The workshops can be at an introductory, intermediate or advanced level.  The duration of a workshop can vary from half a day to two full days.

All proposals must be submitted via email to : conference2014@3ieimpact.org with email subject line ‘Proposal: presentation’ or ‘Proposal: workshop’. The proposal submission deadline is 3 July 2014.

Bursaries are available for participants from low- and middle-income countries. Employees of international organisations are however not eligible for bursaries (except the Asian Development Bank). A bursary will cover return economy airfare and hotel accommodation. All other expenses (ground transport, visa, meals outside the event) must be paid by the participant or their employer. Bursary applications must be made through the conference website: www.impactevaluation2014.org. The deadline for bursary applications is 15 July 2014.

Non-sponsored participants are required to pay a fee of US$250 for participating in the conference or US$450 for participating in the pre-conference workshops as well as the conference. Those accepted to present a workshop will be exempted from the fee.

For more information on the submission of proposals for the conference, read the Call for Proposals.

For the latest updates on Making Impact Evaluation Matter, visit www.impactevaluation2014.org

Queries may be sent to conference2014@3ieimpact.org.
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International Energy Policies & Programmes Evaluation Conference (IEPPEC) conference 9-11 September 2014

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

– the leading event for energy policy and programme evaluators

Sharing and Accelerating the Value and Use of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Practices.

There are a wide range of regional, national and international policies and programmes designed to achieve improved energy efficiency, and therefore reductions in GHG emissions and reductions in living costs. These are top priorities for bodies such as the EU, IEA and UN in addressing the critical issues of climate change, resource conservation and living standards.

The increasing focus on this policy area has resulted in more challenging objectives and intended outcomes for interventions, along with growing investment. But are we investing correctly?

Pioneering approaches to evaluating investments and policy decisions related to energy efficiency will be at the forefront of presentations and debate at the IEPPEC, held in Berlin between the 9th and 11th of September 2014.

The conference presents an unparalleled opportunity to bring together policy and evaluation practitioners, academics and others from around the world involved in evaluation of energy and low carbon policies and programs. Attendees will be able to debate the most effective means of assuring that both commercial and community-based approaches to improving the sustainability of our energy use and making our economies more efficient are based on common metrics that can be compared across regions and regulatory jurisdictions. The focus over the three day conference is for policy makers, program managers and evaluators to share ideas for improving the assessment of potential and actual impacts of low carbon policies and programmes, and to facilitate a deeper understanding of evaluation methods that work in practice.

The conference features:

•          Presentation of over 85 full and peer-reviewed evaluation papers by their authors

•          Four panel discussions

•          Two keynote sessions

•          A two-day poster exhibit

·               Lots of opportunity to share learning and network with other attendees

The conference is filling up fast, so to avoid disappointment, please book your place now by visiting http://www.iepec.org.

Additional information:

-       For the draft conference agenda, please click here

-       Refreshments, breakfasts and lunches are provided.

-       For any further information, please visit http://www.iepec.org

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Conference: Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity and Change

Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014

“On Nov. 14th 2013, FSG and Stanford Social Innovation Review convened Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity and Change to discuss emerging ideas that are defining the future of social sector evaluation. The Conference brought together nearly 400 participants to learn about the trends driving the need for evaluation to evolve, the characteristics and approaches that represent Next Generation Evaluation, and potential implications for the social sector.”

The conference website provides 8 video records of presentations and pdf copies of many more.

Introducing Next Generation Evaluation, Hallie Preskill, Managing Director, FSG  Introducing Next Generation Evaluation

Developmental Evaluation: An Approach to Evaluating Complex Social Change Initiatives, Kathy Brennan, Research and Evaluation Advisor, AARP  Developmental Evaluation: An Approach to Evaluating Complex Social Change Initiatives

Shared Measurement: A Catalyst to Drive Collective Learning and Action , Patricia Bowie, Consultant, Magnolia Place Community Initiative,  Shared Measurement: A Catalyst to Drive Collective Learning and Action

Using Data for Good: The Potential and Peril of Big Data, Lucy Bernholz, Visiting Scholar, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University, Using Data for Good: The Potential and Peril of Big Data

Frontiers of Innovation: A Case Study in Using Developmental Evaluation to Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Children, James Radner, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto,  Frontiers of Innovation: A Case Study in Using Developmental Evaluation to Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Children

Project SAM: A Case Study in Shared Performance Measurement For Community Impact , Sally Clifford, Program Director, Experience Matters
Tony Banegas, Philanthropy Advisor, Arizona Community Foundation, Project SAM: A Case Study in Shared Performance Measurement For Community Impact

UN Global Pulse: A Case Study in Leveraging Big Data for Global Development, Robert Kirkpatrick, Director, UN Global Pulse, UN Global Pulse: A Case Study in Leveraging Big Data for Global Development

Panel: Implications for the Social Sector (“So What?”), Presenters: Lisbeth Schorr, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy; Fay Twersky, Director, Effective Philanthropy Group, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Alicia Grunow, Senior Managing Partner, Design, Development, and Improvement Research, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Moderator: Srik Gopalakrishnan, Director, FSG

Small Group Discussion: Implications for Individuals and Organizations (“Now What?”) , Moderator: Eva Nico, Director, FSG, Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change , Brenda Zimmerman, Professor, York University,  Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

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DCED Global Seminar on Results Measurement 24-26 March 2014, Bangkok

Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014

Full text available here: http://www.enterprise-development.org/page/seminar2014

“Following popular demand, the DCED is organising the second Global Seminar on results measurement in the field of private sector development (PSD), 24-26 March 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Seminar is being organised in cooperation with the ILO and with financial support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It will have a similar format to the DCED Global Seminar in 2012, which was attended by 100 participants from 54 different organisations, field programmes and governments.

Since 2012, programmes and agencies have been adopting the DCED Standard for results measurement in increasing numbers; recently, several have published the reports of their DCED audit. This Seminar will explore what is currently known, and what we need to know; specifically, the 2014 Seminar is likely to be structured as follows:

  • An introduction to the DCED, its Results Measurement Working Group, the DCED Standard for results measurement and the Standard audit system
  • Insights from 10 programmes experienced with the Standard, based in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria and elsewhere (further details to come)
  • Perspectives from development agencies on results measurement
  • Cross cutting issues, such as the interface between the Standard and evaluation, measuring systemic change, and using results in decision-making
  • A review of the next steps in learning, guidance and experience around the Standard
  • Further opportunities for participants to meet each other, learn about each others’ programmes and make contacts for later follow-up

You are invited to join the Seminar as a participant. Download the registration form here, and send to Admin@Enterprise-Development.org. There is a fee of $600 for those accepted for participation, and all participants must pay their own travel, accommodation and insurance costs. Early registration is advised.”

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INTRAC M&E Workshop: Practical Responses to Current Monitoring and Evaluation Debates

Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013

A one-day workshop for M&E practitioners, civil society organisations and development agencies to debate and share their experiences. There is an increased pressure on NGOs to improve their M&E systems and often to move out of their methodological comfort zone to meet new requirements from donors and stakeholders. This event will examine the challenges faced by NGOs and their responses around four themes:

  •  Designing and using baselines for complex programmes
  • Using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in M&E
  • Experimental and quasi-experimental methods in M&E, including randomised control trials
  • M&E of advocacy

Download the overview paper.

Call for M&E case studies

We are looking for short case studies focusing on one or more of the four event themes (see above). The case studies will be shared and will form the basis of the discussions at the workshop.

*Deadline for abstracts (max. 500 words): Friday 13 September 2013*

Please email abstracts to research@intrac.org

Event bookings

Event cost: £80 (£60 early bird booking before 19 October 2013)

Please return the booking form to zwilkinson@intrac.org

 

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ICAI Seeks Views on Revised Evaluation Framework

Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

 

 ”In our first report, ICAI’s Approach to Effectiveness and Value for Money,we set out an evaluation framework, consisting of 22 questions under 4 guiding criteria (objectives, delivery, impact and learning), to guide our lines of enquiry in reviews. In the light of our experience to date in carrying out our reports, we have reviewed this framework. The revised framework is available at this link: ICAI revised evaluation framework

We are now entering a period of consultation on the revised framework which will run until 24 May 2013. If you have any comments or views, please email enquiries@icai.independent.gov.uk  or post them to: The Secretariat, Independent Commission for Aid Impact, Dover House, 66 Whitehall, London SW1A 2AU”

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Open consultation Triennial review of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)

Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

(Website that hosts the text below)

This consultation closes on 26 April 2013

On 21 March the Government announced the triennial review of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and is seeking views of stakeholders who wish to contribute to the Review. Triennial Reviews of Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) are part of the Government’s commitment to review all NDPBs, with the aim of increasing accountability for actions carried out on behalf of the State.

The ICAI’s strategic aim is to provide independent scrutiny of UK aid spending, to promote the delivery of value for money for British taxpayers and to maximise the impact of aid.

The Review will be conducted in line with Cabinet Office principles and guidance, in two stages.

The first stage will:

  • Identify and examine the key functions of the ICAI and assess how these functions contribute to the core business of DFID;
  • Assess the requirement for these functions to continue given other scrutiny processes;
  • If continuing, assess how the key functions might best be delivered; if one of these options is continuing delivery through the ICAI, then make an assessment against the Government’s “three tests”: technical function; political impartiality; and the need for independence from Ministers.

If the outcome of stage one is that delivery should continue through the ICAI, the second stage of the review will:

  • Review whether ICAI is operating in line with the recognised principles of good corporate governance, using the Cabinet Office “comply or explain” standard approach.

In support of these aims we would welcome input and evidence from stakeholders, focused on these main questions:

ICAI’s functions

For the purposes of this review, we have defined ICAI’s key functions as follows:

  • Produce a wide range of independent, high quality/professionally credible and accessible reports (including evaluations, VfM reviews, investigations) setting out evidence of the impact and value for money of UK development efforts;
  • Work with and for Parliament to help hold the UK Government to account for its development programme, and make information on this programme available to the public;
  • Produce appropriately targeted recommendations to be implemented/ followed up by HMG.

Which of these functions do you think are still needed? What would be the impact if ICAI ceased to exist?

Would you define ICAI’s functions differently?

Do you think any of the following delivery mechanisms would be more appropriate or cost effective at delivering these functions: Local government, the voluntary sector, private sector, another existing body or DFID itself?

To date, do you think ICAI has focused on scrutinising UK aid spend or the wider HMG development effort? What do you think it should be doing?

Where do you think ICAI sits on the spectrum between audit and research? Is this where they should be?

How far can and should ICAI have a role in holding HMG to account?

Production of reports

What is the quality of ICAI reports? Is the expertise of those producing the reports appropriate? How does this compare to other scrutiny bodies that you know of?

How far does the methodology used by ICAI add value to other scrutiny of DFID programmes (eg IDC, NAO, DFID internal)?

How far does ICAI involve beneficiaries in its work?

What impact have ICAI reviews had on DFID staff and resources?

How independent do you believe ICAI is? How important do you think this independence is for ICAI’s ability to deliver its functions effectively?

How much of an impact do you think the Commissioners have on ICAI recommendations and reports? What added value do you think they bring? Do they have the right skillset?

Making information available to the IDC and the public

How important do you think ICAI’s role is in providing information about UK development to taxpayers?

What impact has ICAI had on public perceptions of UK development?

Production of targeted recommendations

What has been the added value of ICAI’s recommendations? How do these compare to other scrutiny bodies that you know of?

How far and why have recommendations been followed up?

What impact has ICAI had on DFID’s own approach to monitoring impact and value for money?

How far has ICAI promoted lesson learning in DFID?

General

Do you think ICAI could improve? If so, how do you think ICAI could improve?

Do you have any other comments?

The government is seeking views of stakeholders on the Triennial Review of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI).

Contact us by 26 April 2013

Write to us:

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“Evaluation and Inequality: Moving Beyond the Discussion of Poverty” International Development Evaluation Association Global Assembly

Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2012

Bridgetown, Barbados (May 6-9, 2013)

IDEAS website

Introduction:

The Board of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) is pleased to announce its next Global Assembly on May 7-9, 2013 in Bridgetown, Barbados, preceded by professional development training sessions on May 6. The theme of the Assembly will be on the relation of evaluation and inequality and their influence on development. The theme of this coming assembly underscores the role that evaluative knowledge can play in development in general and more particularly in the focus on the sustaining factors that generate and perpetuate poverty.

Assembly Agenda and Call for Paper/Panel Proposals:

The Assembly will organize itself into a number of substantive strands. Each of these strands will be discussed here. Potential presenters are invited to make a proposal for a paper or panel in one or more of these strands. General paper proposals on topics of evaluation outside the theme of the strands are also invited. We especially invite papers that are grounded in development experiences.

Strand One: Understanding Inequality and its relation to the causes and consequences of poverty

Strand Two: Effective program strategies to address inequality—findings from evaluation

Strand Three: Regional responses/regional strategies to address inequality

Strand Four: The measurement and assessment of inequality

Strand Five: General Paper Sessions—all other papers/panels being proposed on any evaluation topic

All paper/panel proposals should be sent by January 10, 2013 to: Ray C. Rist, President of IDEAS, at the following e-mail address: rayrist11@gmail.com

Proposal Guidelines:

1) Each paper or panel proposal can be no more than 250 words in total. This proposal should include the title, name (s) of participants, affiliation of participants; and brief description of the subject of the paper/panel.

2) The date for submission of all proposals is January 10, 2013!!

3) Consideration of any proposal after January 10 is at the full discretion of the chair.

4) Decisions on all proposals will be made within two weeks and presenters will be informed immediately.

 

Scholarships: There will be some few scholarships available to ensure a global representation of development evaluators at this Assembly. First priority for scholarships will be for current IDEAS Members who present a paper/panel or are actively involved in the Assembly as a panel chair or discussant.

NOTE: Anyone who wishes to present at this Assembly will have to be a present member of IDEAS.

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Free relevant well organised online courses: Statistics, Model Thinking and others

Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Provided FREE by Coursera in cooperation with Princeton, Stanford and other Universities

Each opening page gives this information: about the Course, About the Instructor, The Course Sylabus, Introductory Video, Recommended Background, Suggested Readings, Course Format, FAQs,

Example class format: “Each week of class consists of multiple 8-15 minute long lecture videos, integrated weekly quizzes, readings, an optional assignment and a discussion. Most weeks will also have a peer reviewed assignment, and there will be the opportunity to participate in a community wiki-project. There will be a comprehensive exam at the end of the course.”

The contents of past courses remain accessible.

RD Comment: Highly Recomended! [ I am doing the stats course this week]

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Evaluating the impact of aid to Africa: lessons from the Millennium Villages

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

3 July 2012 17:00-18:30 (GMT+01 (BST)) – Public event, Overseas Development Institute and screened live online

Register to attend

“At the turn of the century, Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, in partnership with the United Nations, established integrated rural development projects, known as Millennium Villages in ten African countries. When they came to be evaluated in 2011, an intense row broke out between development experts about their impact and sustainability.

ODI and the Royal Africa Society are delighted to host Michael Clemens who will argue that aid projects in Africa need much more careful impact evaluations that are transparent, rigorous, and cost-effective. Our panel of experts will also discuss the Millenium Villages project within the wider context of international aid to Africa, analysing other development models and questioning the impact of each one.”

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