(The quote is borrowed from Marco's address)
I got to learn from diverse group of participants – from the government, academia, NGOs, UN, researchers and evaluators:
Marco’s presentation on gender and equity focused evaluation. He began his presentation with power walk exercise. Provoked us to think how development can affect different population groups differently.
Then he showed us a graph depicting the difference between traditional approach and gender responsive and equity-focused evaluation approach. While the traditional approach will conclude that as national average has improved (see the yellow line in the graph below). However the equity focused approach will come to a different conclusion and recommendations driving home the point how the richest and the poorest are affected by the same intervention and the gap between the rich and the poor has increased.
He also spoke about systemic approach to capacity building with focus on building capacities of individuals, institutes and the national system. He drew our attention to Evalpartners work on advocacy strategy and advocacy toolkit for evaluations. He urged the evaluators to be the advocates of evaluation “Evaluation: an agent of change for the world we want.” I loved this!
Sensitisation on evaluation is essential both within and outside the organization. Ratna Sudarshan cited the example of gender and evaluation community to illustrate the point how community of practice can support learning and sharing.
Rashim Agrawal- We need explicit plan not only on implementation of evaluation findings but also need to know who will the evaluators have a dialogue with on evaluation findings.
Berly Leach- spoke about evidence-informed policy making. We must remember Evaluation is a technical tool in a political process. Many factors compete with evidence for attention from policy makers.
Sunita Palat- Community perspective should be taken into account while developing projects. Evaluaiton of pilot projects will help in this case.
Dr Rao- Process indicators should not be ignored in evaluation.
I presented on using strength-based approach, community life competence, in evaluation.
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