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Conference "Monitoring and Evaluation for Responsible Innovation"

Mar. 19, 2015 - Mar. 20, 2015

A conference on taking responsibility in M&E for systemic change
Wageningen University and Research centre

Conference report ready! See 'documents' on the right.

Expectations about evaluation are shifting away from mainly assessing goal achievement to asking if the goals themselves can be considered responsible and how can we become more aware and critical of unexpected effects.

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Triggered in part by the undeniably urgent social and environmental crises, this shift asks of those involved in monitoring and evaluation to be clear which questions must be asked, what competencies are needed to do this, which conversations with who matter, and who is accountable for transformative innovation. The concept of ‘responsible innovation’ can help inspire those engaged in monitoring and evaluation to contribute responsibly for a sustainable and equitable future.

On Day 1, after the opening by Cecile Kusters, we enjoyed the keynote speeches of Dr. Irene Guijt on "From responsible innovation to responsible monitoring and evaluation" and Professor Phil Macnaghten, who talked about Responsible Innovation, International Development and the Challenge for Evaluation. The key note speeches were followed by sessions with a thematic focus:

Institutional Evaluation:

Shifting mindsets and cultures in complicated partnership based systems:

  • Bethany Davies (Clear Horizon) Brian Belcher (CIFOR) and Julien Colomer (IUCN): Learning Partnerships: Current Realities and Future Prospects.
  • Eric Koper (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria): Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation of Systems Innovation; Case Humidtropics, a CGIAR Research Program.

Lobby and Advocacy:

When existing M&E approaches prove inadequate:

  • Lucie Blok and Mirjam Bakker (Royal Tropical Institute): A pragmatic approach to measuring, monitoring and evaluating interventions for improved tuberculosis case detection.
  • Augustin Kouevi (University of Abomey – Calavi): Evaluating in a context of repetitive discrepancy between espoused and in‐use action theories: Lessons from the fishery area of Grand‐Popo, Benin

Later in the afternoon on the first day there were roundtable discussions on the following topics:  

Day 2:
Cases on cores themes were presented: 

Reflexive capacity:

  • Barbara van Mierlo (Knowledge, Technology, and Innovation, Wageningen University): The need for reflexive evaluation approaches in development
  • Guy Sharrock (Catholic Relief Services): From Aid Deliverer to Reflective Practitioner: Strengthening Evaluative Thinking Capacity

Evaluation consultants as change agents:

  • Fred Zaal (Royal Tropical Institute): The consultant’s perspective: Approaches to evaluation and communication for innovation
  • Sylvia Bergh (International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam): Can (Evaluation) Consultants be Civic Innovators? Exploring the Shift from Auditors to Allies

Issues of scale:

  • Gabriela Pérez-Yarahuán (CLEAR Centre for Latin America): Evaluation in Latin America. Evaluation for Transparency, Accountability and Democracy
  • Seerp Wigboldus (Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR): Evaluation for responsible innovation AND responsible scaling.

Risk and Innovation:

  • Magda Stepanyan (Risk Society): Risk‐Informed M&E for Responsible Innovation Development 

The session on core themes was followed by the following methodological workshops:

  • Caroline Huyghe (VECO): Voices that Count: Learning about Inclusive Business using SenseMaker
  • Jindra Cekan (consultant): Who's Listening? Community‐led post‐project self‐sustainability evaluation
  • Harish Poovaiah (Public Affairs Centre): Citizen Monitoring and Evaluation of Roads in Rural India – Learning’s from an Innovative Pilot Project
  • Mokhlesur Rahman (Practical Action): Mobile Phone based M&E for Improving Programme Effectiveness: Issues of Learning and Concerns Mokhlesur
  • Karel Chambille (Hivos), Valerie Pattyn and Astrid Molenveld (Public
    Governance Institute): The Potential for Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) in Evaluation‐ Theory and Practice
  • Peter Huisman and Anne Oudes (Oxfam Novib): Oxfam’s World Citizens Panel: impact evaluation involving key stakeholders to enhance learning
  • Steff Deprez (Outcome Mapping Learning Community): Using Outcome Mapping Principles and Concepts for Responsible Innovation 

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