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 2020-21.

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,

Monika

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Dear All, 

I am an M&E practitioner, currently working with AWID and previously with Universalia Management Group (2006-2015) (sharing this info in case helpful to 'contextualize' responses). I really enjoy the community as an information & knowledge sharing platform. I have used it so far mostly for webinars - very informative - and training opportunities.

In terms of areas for improvement in this area I am more familiar with, if possible at all, to support more coordination among the numerous webinar/training events as there are periods where many events are at the same time/same day/same week and it becomes overwhelming. I am wondering whether there is something like a shared online calendar where organisers (at least those who more frequently organise online events) can indicate when their session will happen so that others know and, if possible, try to schedule their event at a different moment. 

I hope this is helpful feedback

Warm regards,

Elisabetta

Hi Monika, I join the previous exchanges. It is a platform offering access to new methodologies, observe trends, learn about new opportunities.  

Warm regards, Jolanda

Dear Monika

Hello from Brussels

Many thanks for asking. I really appreciate that your community facilitates being connected with evaluators and even better, gender evaluators around the world. It is challenging to make it to events and I am new to the network.

I support my DG's evidence based policy development, which means broadly designing and contracting out research and evaluation projects. However, I also do private consulting on equality issues.

I am interested in evaluation methods but also evaluation findings. I am very much looking forward to being an active member of your community.

For suggestions, it would be great if seminars and events were recorded and links to the recordings and materials shared (reports, powerpoint presentations) were posted on your website. If this already exists then ignore this advice. I would add keep up the great work. 

Kind Regards

Sonia

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