Equitable Evaluation: A Catalyst for Transformational Change

Webinar | Online

About the Event

Traditional MEL approaches may require easily measurable results as opposed to working towards long-term social change. Sufficient investment into thought leadership and research is needed for innovating and redesigning existing MEL systems.

‘Transformational Change’ means shifting power to communities, and to measure that our field needs MEL systems centered in the communities, that are equitable, inclusive and participatory. To enable community-led evidence building, it is important to design MEL systems with impact metrics that are most meaningful to the communities and not just to funders.

Therefore, this webinar will bring together funders, implementing partners, youth leaders and evaluation experts to explore what the 'Trust-based philanthropy' model can enable for the evolution of traditional MEL systems while measuring 'transformational change' for young people and communities.

Through this multi-stakeholder panel, our audience will have takeaways from:
• a community-led organization on their measures for transformational change
• an evaluation expert on practical ways for developing community-centred MEL systems
• a Funder’s perspective on investing in programs that create and measure transformative change
• a Youth Leader’s perspective on creative ways for engaging youth in Data and MEL systems


Name Title Biography
Revathi Radhakrishnan Founder and Director, Vanavil Trust Prema Revathi is a writer, actor and activist who runs Vanavil, an alternative school for nomadic tribal children at a village in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu. She was a full-time journalist and continues to write articles in English and Tamil. Revathi is a Vital Voices Women Lead India fellow and Acumen Fellow. She is also a translator and theatre practitioner.
Rajib Nandi Vice President - Knowledge Management & Capacity Development, Sambodhi Research and Communications Rajib Nandi, Vice President of Knowledge Management and Capacity Development at Sambodhi Research and Communications, brings over 25 years of expertise in research and evaluation. He is the Chairperson of the Community of Evaluators, South Asia, and a co-founder of the Evaluation Community of India (ECOI). Additionally, Rajib is a member of the International Evaluation Academy (IEAc) and serves on the Board of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE).
Natasha Joshi Associate Director, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies Natasha Joshi is a development sector professional who has worked with multilateral organisations, foundations, and governments across India, Mexico, and Singapore, and currently serves as an Associate Director at Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies. She holds a degree in human development and psychology from Harvard University.
Rashida Husaini Youth Ke Bol Policy Champion Rashida is a young development professional and a dynamic youth policy champion with Youth Ke Bol, YuWaah and Dasra. She is also a member of Yuva Halla Bol. As a Muslim woman, Rashida is committed to empowering her community and enhancing women’s participation in the workforce, especially from marginalized communities. Rashida is currently working with Givfunds to empower women entrepreneurs from rural India to start their macro/nano enterprises.


Name Title Biography
Roshni Rajiv Manager, Catalytic Philanthropy Team, Dasra Roshni Rajiv works in the space of social impact advisory and currently serves as a Manager at Dasra. Prior to this, she has worked as a corporate lawyer in India and across policy think tanks and non-profits in India, Ghana, and Germany. She holds a dual degree in Law from ILS Law College, Pune University, and a Master of Public Policy from Hertie School, Germany.

Topics and Themes

Evaluators Decision makers Civil Society Youth Evaluation and transformational change: balancing ambition and realism Participatory/ Community based/ Collaborative Evaluation Youth in Evaluation

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