I presented at EES conference but more importantly learned from brilliant professionals from around the world.
Nicest thing was the informal meet ups between members of Gender and Evaluation community. see pictures https://gendereval.ning.com/forum/topics/european-evaluation-societ...;
Favourite quote: Karen Biesbrouck from @oxfamnovib : Categorization of outcome statements in outcome harvesting- egg stage, chicken stage or chicken soup
Here are some sessions I attended and learned from:
Gender and Evaluation
1. I had the privilege to present at the session “Evaluating the gender perspective in SDGs” organized by Hellenic Evaluation Society (HES), National Council of Greek Women (NCGW),Municipality of ThessalonikiII. My presentation was around EvalGender+ work (thanks to Svetlana Negroustoueva for preparing me; it was her and others work I presented) on incorporating evaluations with gender and equity lens in Voluntary National reviews. A powerful quote from my co-presenter- Silvia Sainas “Gender perspective is not enough, we have to talk about gender transformative practices." Discussions were around how gender in Greek and other societies were still considered an additional element and not in mainstream. However we saw some good practices from Greece and RELAC region.
2. Marco Segone facilitated a session where Gerardo, Fabiola and I presented around EvalYouth, EvalGender+ and also building ownership and evaluative mindset in communities particularly youth. ( we will post a blog)
I presented Constellation's approach SALT to build ownership on evaluation and evaluative mindset in communities https://www.communitylifecompetence.org/
This could be one of the answers to 'no one left behind'
(photo courtesy :Gerardo)
3. De- colonized evaluation- how do we combine gender transformation with cultural respect? Indigenise evaluations. There is no resilience without equity: When will our profession finally act to reverse asymmetries in global- Adeline Sibande, Zenda Ofir Sonal Zaveri, Silvia Salinas, Nancy MacPherson4. Women in conflict and fragile states and Evaluation- Women and children are often the most affected during a crisis or in situations of fragility - yet underrepresented during evaluations in fragile contexts due to a variety of challenges. Fragile states lack democratic accountability.“If women are not represented in Evaluation early on, and women issues are not structurally addressed, opportunity to rebuild better nations in conflict and fragile states will be lost” Susan Tamondong shared a story how the men from local country evaluation did not let her be part of the field visit for an evaluation of a fragile area because it was dangerous for her as a woman.
Multi-stakeholder response to SDGs
On 5th Oct, I attended a roundtable on EvalSDGs- where conversations centred around international, regional, national and local context. We concluded that engagement at all levels including communities is important for reaching the sustainable development goals.
Resilient communities- There were discussions on how evaluations can support more resilient societies. Investing in national evaluation systems & capacities is the way to go in these changing times & to achieve SDGs. Resilience thinking is a way of governing in an ontology of complexity, against a modernist assumption of cause-and-effect linear relationships. I attended presentations by Scott Chaplowe and Colin Mcquistan (from Practical Action).
Revision of OECD DAC criteria -Zenda Ofir led the discussions on revision of DAC Evaluation criteria being used all over the world to guide practitioners and are extremely influential.
Values and Evaluation- Keryn Hassall presented on linking values and evidence - to create useful evidence and use evidence to influence. She said that when values are not articulated in the evaluation process, the work defaults to the values of the powerful.
Complexity in MEL- Madhulika Singh's (of UN Women ) presentation from perspective of commissioner of Evaluation and Marina Apgar and Grace from Institute of Development Studies, Brighton presented on on MEL in complex situations.
Quality of tweets during the conference was excellent and here are some:
Sessions I wanted to attend but missed:
6. Youtube videos by #EES2018
Thiago Culari (Voltalia) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zn5USG9sHY
Barbara Befani is a former Secretary General of the European Evaluation Society (EES) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSdNlznGYqg
Ian Davies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9_UQ4yC7T0
Antonina Rishko-Porcescu and Hur Hassnain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFEO8Wp6FHQ
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