The Gender Lens: A Necessary Shift in Perspective for Development and Evaluation
As part of recent events to commemorate the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group’s (IEG) 50th Anniversary, the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI) hosted several conversations with experts on “Future-Proofing National Evaluation Systems.” This blog is based on one of those conversations, between Dugan Fraser, Program Manager of GEI, and Elena Bardasi, Senior Economist at IEG.
Building Systemic Change: GEI's Approach to Capacity Building on M&E
As part of recent events to commemorate the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group’s 50th Anniversary, the Global Evaluation Initiative hosted several conversations with experts on “Future-Proofing National Evaluation Systems.” This blog is based on one of those conversations, between Jos Vaessen, Deputy Head of GEI, and Patrizia Cocca, Senior Communications and Knowledge Management Officer, GEI.
A Journey to Shape CLEAR-LAC's Future
Cristian Crespo, future Executive Director of CLEAR-LAC, reflects on what he and his team learned on a recent trip around the LAC region. To shape the work of the new CLEAR-LAC, they explored the opportunities and challenges for strengthening M&E systems and the use of evidence for policymaking, both in specific countries and with regard to the whole LAC region. CLEAR-LAC will resume its operations in 2024 with a new host institution, Universidad Católica de Chile.
Being Curious and Judgemental: Inclusive Systemic Thinking for Evaluation
Evaluators must exercise judgment, making subjective and critical assessments. But does being “judgmental” mean losing curiosity? Can curiosity enhance the evaluator's role and is it their duty to integrate curiosity into their practice and even prioritize it?
GEI Launches New Project with Global Affairs Canada to Mainstream Gender-Transformative Approaches Across Partner Network
In line with the GEI’s goals on gender and inclusion, GEI has recently partnered with Global Affairs Canada to launch the three-year Feminist Innovation in Monitoring and Evaluation (FIME) project. The project’s focus is on a “gender-transformative” approach to strengthening M&E systems. A gender-transformative approach “seeks to actively examine, challenge and transform the underlying causes of gender inequality rooted in inequitable social structures and institutions.”
Footprint Evaluation in Practice: Case Study on Uganda’s Private Sector Development Strategy
One of the Footprint Evaluation Initiative’s goals is to demonstrate the feasibility and utility of bringing an environmental sustainability lens into all evaluations. In 2020, with support of CLEAR-AA, a GEI Implementing Partner, the Footprint Evaluation Initiative was given a valuable opportunity to demonstrate its approach in an evaluation at a national scale in Uganda.
Collaborations, Connections, and Conversations: The Value of gLOCAL Evaluation Week
As GEI begins planning this year's gLOCAL Evaluation Week, we are reflecting on the value that the event brings to participants. GEI's Implementing Partner, CLEAR SA recently spoke with the Good Business Lab (GBL), a not-for-profit labor innovation organization that has been an active partner of gLOCAL Evaluation Week in South Asia since gLOCAL’s inception in 2019.
Meet the First cohort of GEI’s New “Hands-On Learning” Program for Young and Emerging Evaluators
GEI’s mission to strengthen developing country monitoring and evaluation systems – to support the use of evidence for better decision-making and better lives - depends on many factors to succeed. A key factor is the availability of trained local M&E professionals who can support efforts that are country-owned and aligned with local needs and perspectives.
Environment, Climate Change and Evaluation: Moving Towards a Holistic View
Evaluation can help us to be more effective in curbing climate change and environmental degradation. But this requires evaluation to take a new, broader perspective. We need to look at programs and projects holistically – from a systems theory perspective, as part of a broader structure, says Juha Uitto, Director of the GEF Independent Evaluation Office, a GEI Network Partner.