Transform Issue #10 – Gender-responsive evaluation

Transform Issue #10, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to gender-responsive evaluation, focusing on gender mainstreaming in the United Nations. This issue focuses on UN Women’s strategic partnerships. Partnerships are essential to our work but are often overlooked when we evaluate the results of our efforts. The skill sets, time and resources necessary to ensure truly effective strategic partnerships are often underestimated.

Guidelines for Innovation Platforms in Agricultural Research for Development

Innovation Platforms are fast becoming part of the mantra of agricultural research for development projects and programmes. Their basic tenet is that stakeholders depend on one another to achieve agricultural development outcomes, and hence need a space where they can learn, negotiate, and coordinate to overcome challenges and capture opportunities through a facilitated innovation process. This important publication provides a critical analysis of Innovation Platforms, their defining features, key functions, and what they can and – as importantly – cannot do.

Capacity development in evaluation & communication to maximize impact

The Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (CRECS) with uOttawa has developed and tested a capacity development approach that provides research partners with support in utilization-focused evaluation and research communication. Watch this short video for more information on it.

Theories of Change in a changing world

In 2016 the CDRA convened and facilitated a group of twelve practitioners for six sessions of a “Theories of Change Learning and Study Circle”. This paper uses the experience as an opportunity to draw questions and insights and to further explore and provide comment on the phenomenon of Theory of Change that has become quite fashionable in the development world, positing some insights into its value and use.

Realising the SDGs by reflecting on the way(s) we reason, plan and act

Systematically evaluating policies, programmes and strategies is an essential feature of ongoing follow-up and review processes for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. But although it may be shocking to say, evaluation on its own is not enough. If follow-up and review frameworks and mechanisms are to address challenges, gaps and successes, they must be grounded in evaluative thinking.

Engagement and partnerships for the better world we want

This is an exacutive summary of the Third EvalPartners Global Forum. The forum was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, on April 26-28, 2017. The Forum theme was “Transforming our world through evaluation: engagement and partnership for the better world we want”. The Forum brought together 153 participants from 51 countries.

Making M&E Systems Work: A Capacity Development Toolkit

Every development program needs the information to answer two vital questions: “What would constitute success in addressing this problem?” and “How will we know success when we achieve it”? The answers to these questions will help everyone understand which programs are working, which are not, which
can be scaled up, and which should be phased out.

Software for Developing and Visualising Theories of Change

M&E expert and blogger Ann-Murray Brown has compiled a list of different software for developing and visualising theories of change. This list is a result of an online discussion on the topic.

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A meta-analysis of UN Women evaluations in 2016

UN Women continuously seeks ways to accelerate its development results through improved programming and organizational effectiveness. To further facilitate the review of evaluative evidence and transform it into accessible knowledge, the UN Women Independent Evaluation Office annually produces a meta-analysis report.

Global innovations in measurement and evaluation

"We seek to inform and inspire—to help charities think a little bigger, aim a little higher with their measurement and evaluation."

This report highlights the developments that the authors think have the greatest potential to improve evaluation and programme design, and the careful collection and use of data. They want to celebrate what is possible, and encourage wider application of these ideas.