A moderated Panel discussion addressing the broader question theme of ‘How can evaluation help decision makers and other stakeholders to make better informed decisions to ‘build forward better’?’ by presenting theory and examples of evaluation capacity building at various levels; including individuals, organizational and systems.
‘Evaluation in Practice: A Panel Discussion: on Simplifying Complexities: Capacity Development as a Resilience Tool’ will delve into some of the latest tools in evaluation practice that offer to simplify and solidify practice in planning, implementing and owning M&E systems.
The event will discuss how organisations and individuals can build their capacity and what they can do to enhance it, with a focus on elements of ownership and accountability, sustainability, and innovations within the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) process. In addition, the event will further discuss how to be more confident and resilient in the face of instability and uncertainty, through presenting theory and examples of evaluation capacity building at various levels; including individual, organizational and systems level.
Three panelists will talk from their own practices about their perspectives and experiences . The three panelists are Chari Smith, Valentine J Gandhi, and Michael Steffens.
The first panelist, Chari Smith, will focus on the individual and Organization level; providing theory and examples of evaluation capacity building both at the individual level and in nonprofit organizations. Furthermore, Chari will discuss how to equip individuals and organizations with tools that not only increase their evaluation capacity, but also raise their confidence and sense of ownership over these tools. Having individuals and organizations own the models they use will provide them with the sustainability and resilience needed to face the changing world around them.
Valentine J Gandhi, the second panelist, will speak at the system level about how innovation and how applying the blue marble concept in evaluation are important in this unstable time. Moreover, Valentine will give examples on how to move more agilely and how emerging-based methods will help companies cope with instability and uncertainty .
Michael Steffens, the third panelist, will discuss how donors should focus on downward accountability (achieving results for beneficiaries) rather than upward accountability (proper use of funds) and how to spread evaluation methods around CSOs and apply those methods for social accountability (monitoring of government service delivery). Michael will also speak about how participatory evaluation techniques can offer solutions for donors and civil society alike, and enhance impact and outcomes of accountability.