Evaluation in hard-to-reach areas – A cycle of lunchtime conferences

The Evaluation Support Service is a Technical Assistance to the Directorate-General Development Cooperation of the European Commission, whose aim is to strengthen capacity in the evaluation field across the organization (including the EU Delegations in partner countries).

We are now organizing a cycle of lunch-break conferences on ‘Evaluation in hard-to-reach areas’ where evaluators and commissioners of evaluation from different horizons will present their experience in using methods such as use of geo-spatial data, surveys administered by non-specialised local enumerators, phone/tablet voice or data surveys, location tracking, communication through online platforms, etc.  The two last conferences will be respectively devoted to discussing conflict sensitivity in evaluating in fragile and conflict-affected states; and to the consequences on our traditional ethical rules of the use of these ‘innovative’ techniques.

The conferences can be followed via webstream; although they are mainly intended to an internal audience (managers of evaluation at the EC/DG DEVCO), all conferences are open to the public and the participation is free. The first of these conferences will take place on January the 4th of February and the cycle will end in June this year.

The most updated version of the presentation paper of this cycle of conferences (which includes dates, presentation of the speakers, etc.) is available at https://web.tresorit.com/l#5ZZoMG3EfZ8MOThfLrDcPA