Educating Evaluation Professionals: Addressing the Nexus of Data Science and Evaluation
While the data revolution is unlikely to fundamentally transform the field of evaluation in the next few years, in many ways it will change the way evaluations are conducted and how data are used. What are some of the implications for evaluation training and professional development?
Adapting M&E to Address COVID-19 Challenges Leads to Expansion of Early Childhood Program in Brazil
At the onset of the pandemic, activities of the Primeira Infância Melhor Program (PIM), which center around in-person home visits to support early childhood development, were abruptly interrupted to comply with social distancing measures. The Rio Grande do Sul government had to act quickly to figure out an alternative approach to connect with target families. CLEAR-LAB helped their governm...
How Soccer Can Help Us Be Strategic About Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation Systems
If diagnostics are important to address the complexity in sports competitions, then they are certainly crucial in public policy – including the development of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems, a key need for any government interested in improving public policy and bettering the lives of its citizens.
Why Monitoring and Evaluation Matters Even More in FCV Settings: The GEI Approach
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) may seem a superfluous worry in times of fragility and conflict. The complexity and urgency of issues that countries with such challenges face are overwhelming. When the focus is on helping get food to the hungry, providing basic services to displaced populations, or restoring peace and dealing with the devastating consequences of war, how important cou...
Measuring the Journey: From Theory to Impact
As the Global Evaluation Initiative community sets off on its journey, a crucial question to keep track of is: how will we know if we are making a difference?
Educating Evaluation Professionals: Core Knowledge and Competencies
While we live in a reality where multiple evaluation models are being put into practice - some complementing each other, some being at odds with each other - one should ask the question, what are the core skills and knowledge elements that evaluators and other evaluation stakeholders should be equipped with?
Avoiding the Wrong Prescription: Why Country M&E Diagnostics Are Just What the Doctor Ordered
Can you imagine getting a prescription from a doctor without being diagnosed first? You would protest it as guesswork. Even the finest doctors need to review symptoms before suggesting the right approach.
Improving the M&E Narrative and other Opportunities for 2022: Interview with Gonzalo Hernández Licona
Along with making progress on the technical side, we should develop the capacity to effectively convey messages about evaluation, information, and evidence.
Gender Equality in Monitoring and Evaluation: The GEI Approach
It is vital that gender and inclusion are mainstreamed across national M&E systems. Essentially, robust M&E systems are feedback mechanisms that enable stronger governance and informed decision-making.
Are We Nearly There Yet? Leading a Journey Powered by Evidence
We know that evaluation and monitoring should be at the heart of any debate on what works. Robust M&E systems are essential for governments and institutions. Yet, many countries still lack effective M&E systems, making evidence-informed decision-making difficult. M&E isn’t new. After decades of effort, we need to ask: WHY aren’t we nearly there yet?