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Institute of Social Studies Trust's Call for Proposals on Evaluation Research in India

Engendering Policy through Evaluation, Institute of Social Studies Trust, New Delhi

Supported by IDRC and Ford Foundation

Call for proposals:

Feminist approaches to evaluation seek to unpack the nature of gender and social inequalities and further see evaluation as a political activity, itself part of a change process. There is relatively little literature on feminist evaluation, and our objective is to help build the field by supporting research on Design, Methods, Process,…


Added by Shraddha Chigateri on May 2, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Reflections from the Evaluation Conclave 2013

In our daily work routines most of us tend to get so occupied with jumping from one task to another, meeting deadlines and producing deliverables, that we rarely get a chance to take a step back and think about what we’re doing and how we could do it better, and somewhere the purpose begins to get lost. Given this reality, the Evaluation Conclave provided not only a much needed opportunity to reflect on our evaluation experiences, but with all the informed and stimulating sessions, also a…


Added by Shubh on May 1, 2013 at 13:40 — 1 Comment

Engendering economic policy

Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST) in association with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung organizes Gender and Economic Policy (GEP) Discussion Forums to provide an opportunity to economists, policy makers and gender advocates to discuss and critique economic policy from a gender lens in a structured manner. Organized once in two months, the focus of the forums is on contemporary issues, such as the links between gender and Foreign Direct Investment. This is the second year of the discussion…


Added by Shiny Saha on April 29, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

Reflections on Kathmandu Evaluation Conclave - 2013

It was really a nice moment for me when the participation in the Evaluation Conclave was confirmed and I have started to initiate thinking on how best I could learn from the Conclave as well as could contribute both personal and ‘Feminist evaluation’ experience.

For me, it was the first time to be part of this type of colossal Conclave, which would discuss, learn, think and plan only on Evaluation! The Conclave was designed in a way, so that maximum you can learn in a single Conclave,…


Added by Indrani Bhattacharyya on April 29, 2013 at 12:30 — 1 Comment


The VII Gender and Economic Policy Discussion forum, organized by the Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST) in association with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, on the politics and economics of FDI through a gender lens was held at the India Habitat Centre on the 9th of April . Presentations were made by Ms. Ranja Sengupta (Third World Network), Dr. Arpita Mukherjee (ICRIER) and Ms. Anandi Venkateswaran (Govt. of India); chaired by Ms. Sarojini Ganju Thakur IAS (Retd.). The discussion revolved…


Added by Shiny Saha on April 16, 2013 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

An untold Story of a Girl........

Gender a word which defines many thoughts regarding male & female. We define them more extensively on our ways. An individual defines it on his way, a group defines it on its way and society defines it on many ways. Today I am discussing a view and real incident regarding Gender Discrimination in our society. On an average near about 48% women are being harassed by women and rest by men. A recent incident become in our organisation; a girl named with Nazia admitted…


Added by Sunil Sehgal on April 4, 2013 at 12:31 — 2 Comments

Gender Action Learning System

Thought some of you may be interested in this. 

Mayoux, L 2008, Steering Life's Rocky Road -Equal and Together, Gender Action Learning System, Core Manual,'sRockyRoad.pdf

warm regards



Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on April 1, 2013 at 15:48 — No Comments

Call for Papers - The Development Review

The Development Review is an international Journal aimed at bringing the voices from the grassroots. It is a scholarly open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary,  journal focusing on theories, methods and applications in the development sector.  It is published quarterly. Specific focus of the journal would be on the following subjects.

  • Poverty
  • Gender in…

Added by Dr Valentine J Gandhi on March 19, 2013 at 14:34 — 1 Comment

Using ICT Tools for Effective Monitoring, Impact Evaluation and Research - Join Now!

About the Organization:

The Development CAFE is a registered nonprofit organization  aimed at enhancing information and communications technology (ICT) skills for development professionals, scientists, researchers and students  aroundthe world.  DevCAFE'S  Professional Development for Development Professionals (PDDP) program aims to expand delivery of ICT skills todevelopment professionals  in formats that meet the unique needs of…


Added by Dr Valentine J Gandhi on March 19, 2013 at 14:32 — No Comments

This is what I want to do...

I was very fortunate to attend the Evaluation Conclave in Nepal under the project Engendering Policy through Evaluation hosted by Institute of Social Studies Trust. Participatory approaches, evaluation and strength-based approaches- these are what excite me in my work. Therefore, during the Conclave I decided to pick up the workshops on these topics to strengthen my skills.

With increased emphasis on the…


Added by Rituu B Nanda on March 18, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

A taste of SALT (strength based approach) and M&E

Institute of Applied Manpower Research (IAMR), a government institute, Delhi, India invited me to facilitate a session on strength-based approach and evaluation. IAMR is conducting a three month course on Monitoring and Evaluation for international students.

Strength-based approaches…


Added by Rituu B Nanda on March 15, 2013 at 9:00 — 5 Comments

Appreciative inquiry approach to evaluation

Appreciative Inquiry and Evaluation (AIAE) is a recent development in the evaluation realm. The AIAE focuses on root causes of what worked, why it worked and how it worked. The evaluation results are used right way for revisiting vision/goal/objective, redefining strategy and refining plan of work of programme being evaluated. As the evaluation results are used right way to improve the programme, this evaluation enhances the use of evaluation.…


Added by Gana Pati Ojha on March 14, 2013 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Evaluation Conclave Kathmandu - Reflections

Attending the Kathmandu Conclave: Feb 26-March 1, 2013

Since I reached on the 26th afternoon, I missed Katherine's opening keynote, (but have since viewed this on the Conclave youtube and although its not the same, I can see why it was so much appreciated!). What I did attend on the 26th/ was the workshop on Appreciative Enquiry, also on 27th. (Ganapati Ojha and Ram Chandra Lamichchane, also Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas). This approach as I understood it seeks to…


Added by Ratna Mangala Sudarshan on March 12, 2013 at 6:34 — No Comments

Resources from AEAs library/Additional resources

Hi all, I did a couple of searches in AEAs library for materials that may be of interest to you as a group. These returns may include: presentations from our annual conference, workshop presentations, speeches, posters, etc. 

First, I searched the term "feminist" and came up with the following 25 results, organized by date (most recent to oldest)

Then, I searched for all items in the library…


Added by Kate Golden on March 11, 2013 at 23:00 — 2 Comments

Equal Access Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit

Dear All

I am pleased to inform you all that a toolkit is online now. The toolkit "Equal Access Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit" is guided by the principles of the Communication for Social Change approach to C4D and participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E). This toolkit aims to help communication for development (C4D) organisations to demonstrate the impacts and outcomes of their…


Added by Bikash Kumar Koirala on March 11, 2013 at 8:23 — 5 Comments

Equity Focused Evaluation: Notes from Evaluation Conclave Kathmandu (26th February to 1st March, 2013)

Equity focused evaluation

Marco Segone, Michael Bamberger, and Urs Nagel

What does equity mean?

The concept of equity is based on notions of fairness and justice, and refers to equitable outcomes. It needs to be distinguished from equally of opportunity.

Why is equity important?

The concept of equity is important due to several factors:

  • Inequity constitutes a violation of human rights
  • Has a…

Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on March 11, 2013 at 3:34 — No Comments

On My Homework After Attending Evaluation Conclave 2013 at Kathmandu

I am glad that I had attended Opening Ceremony, keynote speech ‘Opportunities and Challenges for Participation in Evaluation’, ‘Participatory Approaches to Evaluating Communication for Development’, ‘ Innovative Directions  for Evaluation of Development, ‘The Cost of Inaction’ and ‘Learning and Participating the Evaluation Mantra in South Asia’.  The panels I had attended are: ‘It Takes Two to Tango: Translating Research into Policy’, ‘Feminist Evaluation’, ‘Fit for Purpose? Evaluations,…


Added by Krinna Shah on March 10, 2013 at 13:04 — No Comments

Evaluation of MNREGS from a gender lens

ISWDS%20Final%20Report.docDear All 

I am attaching two interesting evaluation studies on MNREGS from a gender lens. The first is by Pankaj and Tanka. They argue that women's empowerment effects are visible where enough wage employment has been generated per women. In such instances changes are visible at the intra-household level gender dynamics, income-consumption effects.…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on March 9, 2013 at 14:52 — No Comments


By Beverly Bell

March 8, 2013

On this International Women's Day, we rerun a 2005 piece on one of our greatest heroines, Marie Simone Alexandre. Though she died eight years ago, her life and message remain as powerful and inspirational today as any we know. 

"It was thanks to God and Sister Simone." I heard this over and over in the mid-1990s as I was interviewing rape survivors in one of Port-au-Prince's shantytowns. The women were battling the…


Added by Other Worlds on March 8, 2013 at 20:25 — No Comments

The American Evaluation Association has international travel awards available for our 2013 conference!

Hello all!

I am a staff member at AEA writing from Philadelphia PA in the US. In case you are unfamiliar, AEA is the largest evaluation focused organization in the US. Our mission is to "improve evaluation practices and methods, increase evaluation use, promote evaluation as a profession, and support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action." Read more about our mission,…


Added by Kate Golden on March 8, 2013 at 18:59 — 5 Comments

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