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Experience of being a member of Gender and Evaluation Community

Dear All,

I am Monika Banerjee working as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), New Delhi. I am currently trying to compile the Annual Report of ISST for the year 2017-18.

As you know that this online platform on Gender and Evaluation is being hosted by ISST since 2013 and we at ISST are extremely happy to see the way your participation is constantly strengthening this platform year after year.

This year for the annual report, we thought of including some reflections on the experiences of being part of this large family. It will also give us an understanding of areas where gains are visible and those where more work is required. Therefore, I request you to kindly help us in posting some of your reflections in terms of your experiences of being a member of this gender and eval online community.

We would like to know what has been your experience till date of being a member of this online community and in what way has it helped your work and career.

Hoping to hear from you all soon.

warm regards,


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Get to network with more experts in the area in India and abroad

New insights gained helped in better planning of studies on impact assessment of development projects. The improvement is much better in gender and equity dimensions.

Significant learning is on outcome of impact assessment studies.


Rama Rao

Thank you for your prompt reply. Really appreciate it!

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I like following the work of others, learning about new tools and strategies, and gaining better perspective of the various fields impacted by gender and evaluation experts.

Thank you for all you do!

Kristy Kelly

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Hi Monika,

Gender Eval Online platform has been continuously sharing information and knowledge on gender based evaluation systems, approaches, opportunities and practices. It has helped me to wear an evaluative perspective in zooming gender issues while performing my responsibilities. Being the Gender Focal Person for India in Practical Action, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the postings of gendereval online platform. Secondly, I proudly mention in my profile that I am part of this online platform.


Arun Hial. M&E Manager cum Gender Focal Person, Practical Action, India

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I have learned a lot from this community. It helped me to keep abreast of latest events, conferences, workshops and webinars. It helped me in deepening my understanding on various nuances of engendering evaluation.



Thank you for your prompt reply. Really appreciate it!

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Dear Monika, my India experience dates back to 2011, conducting an ex-post evaluation on socio-economic programs in German-Indian development work before that time. Recalling that the gender focus was one reason for joining the team at that time, I started searching for and appreciating solid experiences such as the ones compiled and shared by ISST only later. I am therefore extremely thankful for the gender and evaluation community being sourced by this hub, worth continuing for more voices and values, methods and ideas to making evaluations more balanced and powerful for the sake of equality.

Dear Monika,

I follow the discussions as much as possible. It provides me with new ideas and views. Unfortunately I am often too busy with other things, so I don't participate as I would like to.

Best wishes,


Hello from Canada,

I was thrilled to find this group and wish I had far more time to soak up all the information that gets shared here. I don't have a community of practice in my province (although I'm working to change that!) and so the different perspectives shared here help to keep my thinking fresh, expose me to new resources, affirm the need to question and analyze, allow me to discuss ideas with bright people, remind me that the world is bigger than the provincial (in all senses of the word) ideas I often encounter, give me access to international conferences and learning opportunities, and inspire me to keep improving frameworks, processes, tools. I'm very grateful to have found this group (even if I never seem to have enough reading time). 

Dear Monika, 

I am thrilled to have found this community. While I can echo pretty much what everyone else has replied as being the advantages of this community there are other more personal ones I wish to focus on specifically.

First and foremost, this community is a respectful and open community in which to post queries, information, etc. There is never a tone of challenge or negativity within this forum. Only open, honest and supportive responses. I tend to stay away from posting on most forum and on-line communities because of recurring tendencies of members to be aggressively negative. The members of this community may not always agree but dissention is always articulated in thoughtful and respectful manners. No doubt part of this is attributable to the thoughtful moderation of the community. 

Secondly, this community is invaluable to me because I am a broad sector expert, meaning that monitoring and evaluation is not my primary focus. I am actually a policy analyst/researcher/strategist/assessor combined into one. I know, many hats to wear but I am this way because I truly believe that all of those roles blend into each other in a very collaborative way to help me effect positive change in the world for vulnerable populations. The posts of this forum dealing with insights from workshops, meetings and experts seeking or giving advice help to continue to ground me in my approach. They let me know when I am on the right path and that I am not alone in my approach and thinking. 

For that I am truly grateful that this community exists. It makes a positive impact in not only my work but in my personal perceptions as well. Thank you for the opportunity to extol the virtues of this great community and for allowing me to be a member. 

Cheryl Dalziel, Independent Consultant 


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