Evalpartners through EvalGender+ http://www.mymande.org/evalgender is aiming to bring together those interested in gender-responsive and equity-focused evaluations. Concept note is attached.

EvalGender+ will be launched at Parliament of Nepal on 25th Nov 2015. We are having a brainstorming meeting in Kathmandu on 24th Nov.Can't attend this meeting but would like to engage in EvalGender+? We need your inputs on the following:

1.     What would EvalGender+ be at its best? What is your dream for EvalGender+? Where do you see it in the year 2025?

2.     Who would be a part of this partnership?

3.     What activities will it be undertaking by 2025?

4.     How would the Evalgender+ be governed?

Please send your inputs in form of text, video or a drawing by 18th Nov. I will compile your responses and share in Kathmandu meeting which will be incorporated in the dream for EvalGender+. I promise to share the common dream back with you.

In case of any queries please contact Rituu B Nanda- rituubnanda@feministevaluation.org

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Email response from Ms Grace K Tukaheebwa, Uganda ( member of Gender and Evaluation community) http://gendereval.ning.com/profile/GraceTukaheebwa

  1. What would EvalGender+ be at its best? What is your dream for EvalGender+? Where do you see it in the year 2025?
My dream of a EvalGender is where Gender is on each and every agenda of evaluation conducted.  In 2025 it will be self-sustainable with a number of capacity building programme around the world.
  1. Who would be a part of this partnership?
All stakeholders especially governments like in Uganda – Office of the priminister which should bring on board all government institutions for compliance …Ministry of Gender  
  1. What activities will it be undertaking by 2025?
Capacity building on Gender based evaluation, developing gender indictors at all stages
  1. How would the Evalgender+ be governed?
With a secretariat and then sub secretariat in different countries – reporting to the head officer quarterly  
 
Ms Grace K Tukaheebwa 

Email response from Dr Subrato Kumar Mondal, Ph.D., Secretary, Development Evaluation Society of India (DESI), New Delhi

 Dear Rituu,

Thanks for sharing the concept note on EvalGender+. It is nicely written. In fact, this is good for those system who incorporated all these in their planning. 
I have few questions: How these can be advocated in India? When you want to initiate the advocacy for inclusion in SDG framework. Who will initiate this? 
Key to your expectation is the inclusion of Gender and Equity in Planning and Implementation in India's SDG framework. Otherwise, Evaluation using these lenses may not be appropriate from evaluation methodology point of view. 
I strongly believe that our advocacy should start for the inclusion of Gender and Equity in planning, budgeting and implementation. Then evaluation can follow its usual standard path.
Hope this will help.
Best,
Subrato

Anne Markiewicz, M&E Specialist for Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development, Fiji

Hi Rituu,

 

I am the M&E Specialist for Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development. This program operates in 14 pacific countries and aims to advance women’s empowerment in line with the Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration (PLED, 2012). The program commits $320 million over 10 years to 2022.

 

I have been working to develop the M&E Framework, to develop the M&E system and to ensure quality evaluations of projects funded under this program take place. Projects funded are in themes of leadership, economic empowerment, reducing violence against women and a strengthened enabling environment. I will be presenting on the program at AEA next week.

 

1.    What would EvalGender+ be at its best? What is your dream for EvalGender+? Where do you see it in the year 2025?

 

It would be great to be able to see EvalGender+ identifying good evaluation practice and lessons as to ‘what works’ in achieving gender equality. It would be good to see it marshal good evidence from this for reporting against the SDG Goal 5.

 

2.    Who would be a part of this partnership?

 

Key M&E people specializing and who are specialists in this field such as UN Women and people like myself.


3. What activities will it be undertaking by 2025?

 

Ideally to bring together the specialists to identify a workplan against an agreed set of goals and objectives. And an ongoing think tank.

 


4. How would the Evalgender+ be governed?

 

Not sure what the options are here for governance arrangements.

Hi Rituu,

Here are some thoughts on the questions raised:

1.GenderEval+ would be at its best if it can promote and install the idea - in the governments and all relevant international development organizations- of institutionalizing M&E and GenderEvaluation education and training by 2025.This would perhaps ensure that the national human resources and institutional capacities are available in this rather non-traditional field. At the moment such capacities are at a minimal level,in many countries.Furthermore,as far as I can judge,most evaluation actions continue to be focused on financial evaluations only and that the much needed social impact evaluations are not yet internal or integrated fully into the governing culture.

2.With this above aim in mind, I would suggest that the potential partners of GenderEval would be the social science departments of the universities,M&E public,private and CSO institutions,M&E units in the government departments,if any,Ministry of Education and national M&E experts and educators at the country level while perhaps the UNWomen and UNDP  and other regional instıtutions such as the EU, COE etc. at the international level.

3.By 2025  there should be at least several pilot M&E degree /education and/or training programmes started -with also gender-equity focus- in at least 25 countries. M&E and social impact evaluation capacities  need to be established fast in the countries and that the facilitating environment is available there for effective gender impact evaluations.

4.I believe the best governing model would be through a general secretariat with a few regional and country level unit representations.It would need to have the needed levels of human,financial and technical resources for its successful management.

Dear Rituu and colleagues: about the need for this translation and the generous support of colleagues, I think that is an issue that we should consider in the future. Who we are working for to include new voices and practices for evaluation with a gender+ focus, we have a responsibility to work to eliminate discrimination based on gender, race, language, ethnicity, etc. and this means ensuring the right to participation of everyone, otherwise we will strengthen just a very small part the people in the spaces of international debate on these themes.

Both issues -the documents and global conferences - will should to have translation to ensure the inclusion of all people and thus promote consistency and respect for the principles of participación, non discrimination and human rights in the present and the future.

In the Latin American network we are promoting the debate to answer questions about our dreams and later the communicate.

Dear Alejandra, 

The point you have raised is very important. If we want to bring in the voices of all, if we genuinely want to listen and learn from colleagues from different parts of the world, we have to look at the language issue. Unfortunately, there is no budget for translation in our project. So request the community to help us as I sincerely want to include and also personally want to learn from others. Here is this query in Spanish http://gendereval.ning.com/forum/topics/c-l-es-tu-sue-o-para-evalge... and also in French and in Portuguese thanks to our volunteer community members. We will add your comment to our dream for EvalGender+.

Thanks and warm greetings,

Rituu

I have not been much involved in evaluations during the course of my work but I too have a dream. During the course of my work I have time and again come across the many ways of gender discrimination and I am acutely aware of the impact that such patriarchal norms have on the lives of girls and women. Lesser schooling, teenage pregnancy, child marriage, bride price, rape, infibulation, these are but a few of the many forms of gender violence girls and women are subjected to. Often with the connivance of governments, families and communities.

I know too how difficult it is to work against such deep rooted social norms and to promote social change but I am truly committed to it. My experience showed me how important it is to involve both men and women in mitigating the adverse impacts of discrimination on social development and in creating positive social change.

So, my dream is that by 2025 we won't be necessary any more; that by then gender equity be a self-evident and non-debatable component of social development.

Nabesh Bohidar, Care India, Delhi responded on twitter

  1. + learns from all&supports all-gov,NGO,CBO,Companies,academics in creating a tsunami 4 n everywhere

  2. Nabesh Bohidar Retweeted EvalGender+

    Dream4 + Creates a tsunami through networks & partners 4 4 nopoverty by2030

    Dream Communities R recognized as the solution providers and hold others to account - R the Evaluators that matter

Overall primary objective is to prepar  a global guideline and tool /framework “gender base evaluation” which could cover the women empowerment, women discriminations and GBV which is socially and economically.  

Answers to the Q.1

  1. It is not going to be a dream but will be reality when time to come by 2025.  I believe Any Development or Humanitarian intervention desires centering women and children in the world especially in Europe in future. As of today nearly 3 million refugees flown in to various EU, Non EU and other countries from in the Middle East to South Asia with unaccounted of issues related to health, social integrations, and so far  zero economic empowerment to all genders.  
  2. How do you measure such catastrophic human disaster not by death but by living stateless? This measurement of human experiences such as empowerment, safety and household decision making is challenging[1]. Nevertheless another challenging issues is this slow move towards sustainable human settlements will not have placed a specific indicators and measurements in order to evaluate the outcome and impact on lives of these refugees.  
  3. The  Challenging  us is how well as evaluators could   move beyond   evidence that   policy makers, governance,  practitioners and advocates,  to  improve women’s and children lives  in the world and  especially in “European countries” with un-presidential flows of refugees walking to their land looking for better wellbeing.    

 

Answer to Q: 2

We as VOPEs together with Gender base organizations, relevant subjectivism organizations and forward-looking NGO, individuals and CBO   in globally, regionally and nationally should be ready for this challenge. Ready to face the challenging traditional approach by unlocking potential and workable framework beyond the tangible evidence. Sky is no limit when it comes to finding the right VOPEs or individual.

Answer to Q: 3

Activity to be take place by all regional and national VOPEs

  1. Initiating National and Regional, “Gender Base Monitoring and Evaluation Policy planning”. To do so following activity need to be address…
    1. Setting up National VOPEs in all vulnerable countries link to Global and regional bodies and actors with setting up appropriate Guideline Notes & Tools.
    2. Design  Core global  list of indicators in order measure the outcome and impact
    3. Measuring the activities with an appropriate monitoring systems.
    4. Setting up a working group work on this agenda (from above Q2) with selected members from regional and existing VOPEs. (You cannot volunteer this due to number of hrs. you need to spend on this exercise.

Conclusion:

To archive in year 2025, we need to work from now, This conference should  initiate this now before it`s too late.



[1] Measuring What Can't Be Counted

JODI NELSON, RITU SHROFF

October 07, 2014

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Ritu and others for me gender eval is about right view, right listeni h, right action. It means highlighting the voices of women and men in needs assessmwnts, and post-project evaluations (rare) about what they would like their development to be. So often we donors bring our solutions without necessarily asking how they'll solve problem they aleeady have and want solved. We have to work with communities for them to evaluate us! Men and women need to evaluate how well our projects met their needs. Are they well designed enough to be low risk to the poorest such as chickens rather than cows, are they time sensitive for mothers so we include a ceche so they can actually participate in the activities while their children are taken care of, are we talking with the family as a whole so men do not feel threatened by women's new income, and what activities have a communities been able to sell sustain long after projects have left,where the strengths that men and women brought together for their oqn development and how can we design that way? these are some of the questions we need to ask in gender eval. Thanks!
Gana Pati Ojha
Chairperson, Community of Evaluators, Nepal
Vice-President, Community of Evaluators (South Asia)

  

1.     What would EvalGender+ be at its best? What is your dream for EvalGender+? Where do you see it in the year 2025?

 

Every evaluation is gender responsive and equity is a compulsory component of any evaluation in the year 2025.

 

2.     Who would be a part of this partnership?

All stakeholders of both demand and supply side are partners by 2025.

 

3.     What activities will it be undertaking by 2025?

By 2025, EvalGender+ will have a specific objective and a major question related to gender equality and social equity. The relevance of the project/program/intervention, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability, capacity development will be assessed from the social equity and gender responsive perspective. equity and gender responsive perspective. 

4.     How would the Evalgender+ be governed?

By 2025, EvalGender+ is mainstreamed into the overall evaluation system and therefore is not a separate governance system, rather the overall governance system of the Evaluation is gender responsive.

Pallavi Gupta, India

Dear Rituu 

 
 
  1. What would EvalGender+ be at its best? What is your dream for EvalGender+? Where do you see it in the year 2025?
The evalgender would reach its potential when it recognizes the many genders that are present and break away from the binaries that we often find ourselves in. My dream would be for evaluations post 2015 and even now to move  away from these binaries and  recognise the values that human dignity, non- discrimination and equal opportunities. In doing so recognise the challenges and vulnerabilities of the most marginalised across genders and work towards a society free of discrimination and violence. I think by 2025 , all these evaluations should have a gender , with adequate awareness and application of international law and standards like CEDAW, BEijing +20 , linkage to SDG 
             
  1. Who would be a part of this partnership?
People across different spectrum, partners of projects, allow an interdisciplinary approach  
  1. What activities will it be undertaking by 2025?
I think more work on evaluation of laws relating to Gender based discrimination against the LGBTQ, Women , Children and other marginalised groups.  
  1. How would the Evalgender+ be governed?
By UNEG and allow Evalgender+ to be more participatory, more local web forums -- webinars for discussions 
 
Hope this helps in your discussions. 
 
Best Wishes, 
 
Pallavi 

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