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This is my & Wish for 2018. What's yours? Please check out my post and let me hear back from you. You can post your ideas and thoughts on our Community of Practice Website.

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LET’S WALK THE GENDER TALK: MY PERSONAL WISH FOR 2018. This morning, I was looking at the new #WorldBank #IEG cartoon calendar devoted to #Water & #Sanitation. I especially liked the picture on the May page: it reminds all of us, in #evaluation too, of how misinterpreted the concepts of #gender #equality and #equity could be. I’ve seen evaluation ToR and inception reports where the gender equality dimension translated into a single and not-so-well-worded evaluation question (generally placed under the #effectiveness #OECD #DAC criterion). Similarly, I have seen evaluation reports where gender equality was mentioned in the methodology section but no specific framework was adopted or any specific measure was taken to « walk the GENDER talk ». In this vein, I truly hope that 2018 will bring much more intentionality and coherence with respect to the inclusion of gender equality in all of our evaluation #deliverables. Likewise, I hope that evaluation commissioners as well as practitioners will start looking at the degree to which the program or policy design (not just implementation) has adequately (or not) integrated gender. To this end, a question on the compliance with the related #UNEG guidelines could be added under the Relevance criterion. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you!


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Comment by Emebet Endale on January 10, 2018 at 13:20
Happy New Year to all Gender and Eval members. Michele raised an important point, inception reports are excellent in terms of methodology however final reports are different and this became a serious issue in my country. The picture itself tells that there is a lot to do in this regard.
Have a blessed year!
Comment by Rituu B Nanda on January 8, 2018 at 13:50

I liked what you shared Michele.

My wish for 2018 is to explore deeper into the call for 'no one left behind' in terms of evaluation. I would like to work on how can we meaningfully include the most marginalised and voiceless in the evaluation process. How can the communities we work with own the evaluation process as well as the findings. I would like to move away from the expert mode and work on my facilitation skills to delve deeper into 'participation' in evaluation. I started the process and in 2018 would like to write more on it. Thank you Michele for helping me reflect and articulate what my dream is:-) 

Stay well!

Comment by Ayella Fred Brown on December 30, 2017 at 13:20
Michele you are someone I would be so proud to work under. I am hungry to be mentored by people experienced like you.

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