Book Launch: Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation – Washington, D.C.
The Inter-American Development Bank hosted the launch of the new book “Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation”. The book provides insights into the implications of new and emerging technologies in development evaluation and particularly the challenges of charting progress towards Agenda 2030.
The book is the latest issue of Routledge Studies in Development Economics and was edited by Oscar Garcia, Director, IOE, and Prashanth Kotturi, Evaluation Analyst, IOE. It presents important contributions made by a team of expert practitioners as the result of an international conference on this topic that IFAD hosted in 2017.
The event was held on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 from 11:00-12:30 (Eastern Standard Time) at the Inter-American Development Bank headquarters. It aimed to foster International dialogue and exchange of knowledge through a panel discussion on innovative solutions for evidence-driven development.
The discussion was chaired by Ivory Yong-Protzel, Director of Office of Evaluation and Oversight, Inter-American Development Bank. Panellists included: Geeta Batra, Deputy Director and Chief Evaluation Officer, Global Environment Facility; Jawoo Koo, Senior research fellow and Co-founder of CGIAR Big Data Platform, International Food Policy Research Institute; and Samantha Custer, Director of Policy Analysis, AidData.
Learning event: Opportunities for Integrating Big Data into IFAD Evaluations
On 8 October 2019, the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) hosted a learning event on “Opportunities for Integrating Big Data into IFAD Evaluations”. The seminar was organized in connection with the launch of the book titled Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation, edited by Oscar A. Garcia, Director, IOE, and Prashanth Kotturi, Evaluation Analyst, IOE.
The seminar was led by Michael Bamberger, independent consultant and author of the UN Global Pulse report on Integrating Big Data into Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programmes. The event was an occasion to explore the expanding applications of big data in development programmes, as well as the potential benefits of big data and related technology for the evaluation context, with a view to achieving Agenda 2030’s Sustainable Development Goals. Several members of IFAD’s staff participated and provided vital contributions, including Mr Garcia; Alessandra Garbero, Senior Econometrician, Research and Impact Assessment Division; Ed Gallagher, Lead Officer, Change Delivery and Innovation Unit; and Rebecca Slocum, Consultant, Change Delivery and Innovation Unit.
The event also provided an opportunity for IOE staff to discuss and brainstorm on the potential for incorporating Big Data and other technologies into their work.
Panel Discussion: Evaluation policy for institutional effectiveness
On Monday, 7 October 2019 the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) organized a panel discussion Evaluation Policy for institutional effectiveness. The purpose of the event was to share the experiences related to the evolution of the evaluation policies and evaluation functions in development organizations.
The panel discussed the experiences of other international financial institutions such as the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank and the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI). It explored what works well and what could be improved in IOE’s existing policy as a step ahead in the journey towards a collaborative and consultative process for developing new evaluation policy that addresses the recommendations of the recently conducted Peer Review.
The panellists were: Oscar Garcia, Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD; Alison Evans, Director General and Senior Vice President, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank Group; Donal Brown, Associate Vice-President, Programme Management Department of IFAD and Paul Winters, Associate Vice-President, Strategy and Knowledge Department.
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Book Launch: Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation
On Monday, 7 October 2019 the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) hosted the launch of the new book Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation. The book provides insights into the implications of new and emerging technologies in development evaluation and particularly the added challenges of charting progress towards Agenda 2030.
The event was attended by IFAD’s Executive Board representatives, Senior Management, staff from IFAD, FAO and WFP and students and professors from various universities.
The book, published by Routledge under the Routledge Studies in Development Economics series, was edited by Oscar Garcia, Director, IOE and Prashanth Kotturi, Evaluation Analyst, IOE. It presents important contributions made by a team of expert practitioners as the result of an international conference on this topic that IFAD hosted in 2017.
The event started with an opening address by Cornelia Ritcher, Vice-President of IFAD, followed by Oscar Garcia who provided an overview of the book.
This was followed by a panel discussion on innovative solutions for evidence driven development. The session was chaired by Alison Evans, Director General and senior Vice President of the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank Group. Panel speakers included Marie Gaarder, Director of the Evaluation Office and Global Director for Innovation and Country Engagement, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, Michael Bamberger, independent consultant and author of UN Global Pulse report on “Integrating Big Data into Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programmes”, Edward Gallagher, Lead Officer, Change Delivery and Innovation Unit, IFAD and Oscar A. Garcia, Director, IOE.
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2019 IDEAS Global Assembly
The 2019 IDEAS Global Assembly took place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 2 to 4 October 2019 under the auspices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and in collaboration with the Czech Evaluation Society.
The theme of the 2019 IDEASGA is “Evaluation for Transformative Change” and it addresses the enormous challenge the global community is facing to ensure significant changes for social, economic and environmental sustainability in development, as illustrated in the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda of the UN.
On Thursday 3 October, Mr Oscar Garcia, Director of IOE, delivered a keynote address: “Towards transformative change: evaluation in rural development”.
On the same day, there was a ceremony for a biennial award, which is jointly organized by the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group, and the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS). The award recognizes outstanding evaluations of development interventions that promote or result in transformational change and are linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mr Garcia, with the support of Mr Prashanth Kotturi, Evaluation Analyst, IOE, also presented the new book "Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation Routledge studies in Development Economics". The book was edited by Mr Garcia and Prashanth Kotturi, and presents important contributions made by a team of expert practitioners as the result of an international conference held in IFAD in 2017 on the topic.
Mr Fabrizio Felloni, Deputy Director, IOE, participated in the panel “Supporting value chain development for transformational change in poverty reduction. The experience of IFAD and the African Development Bank”.
Ms Chitra Deshpande, Senior Evaluator, IOE, took part in the session “Meta-analysis and synthesis” and delivered the following presentation: “How to reach the rural poor and leave no one behind - Lessons from a meta-analysis on poverty targeting”.
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Innovations in evaluation of rural development projects: the experience of IFAD's Independent Office of Evaluation
An article by Oscar A. Garcia, Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) and Hansdeep Khaira, Evaluation Officer, IOE, was recently published in the second issue of “eVALUation Matters”, a quarterly publication of Independent Development Evaluation of the African Development Bank Group. The magazine provides different perspectives and insights on evaluation and development issues.
Innovation in the way evaluations are conducted is gaining importance. A host of factors are responsible for this: an emphasis on collecting stronger evidence for accountability purposes, advancements in technology and computational power, and a change in perspective concerning the role of beneficiaries in programme evaluations.
This article presents three examples of innovations used by the IOE. These include geo-spatial analysis as a means for data triangulation, genetic matching methods in quasi-experimental ex-post impact evaluations, and SenseMaker - a qualitative participatory technique that involves programme beneficiaries. As the results obtained from these three methods have been satisfactory, this article suggests that expanding the use of these successful innovations, in addition to forging partnerships with experts and sharing experiences, are all key ingredients to mainstreaming innovations in evaluations.
Learning event on evaluating the support to pro-poor value chain development
In order to promote dialogue across the Fund, the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD has organized a learning event on evaluating the support to pro-poor value chain development. The event was held on Thursday, 19 September 2019, from 10:00-12:15 hrs at IFAD headquarters in Rome, Italy.
The purpose of the learning event was to share experiences and the main findings of recent evaluations of international development agencies on support to pro-poor value chain.
The event included a keynote address and presentation by Mr Máximo Torero Cullen, Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department, FAO, followed by a presentation by IOE on the recently conducted corporate-level evaluation on IFAD’s Engagement in Pro-poor Value Chain Development. Ms Cornelia Richter, Vice-President of IFAD participated as discussant along with other representatives of IFAD Management.
The event was attended by 58 people via webcast.
IOE thanks all the participants and representatives of the Executive Board who joined the event.
MERL Tech DC 2019
Digital data and new media and information technologies are changing the field of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL). From adaptive management and ‘developmental evaluation’; to faster, higher-quality data collection; to remote data gathering through sensors and self-reporting by mobile; to big data and social media analytics; to story-triggered methodologies — the field is in constant flux with emerging methods, tools and approaches.
The Annual MERL Tech Conference took place in Washington DC from 5 to 6 September 2019. This year, the strands of the conference were: Tech and traditional MERL, Data, data, and more data, Emerging tools and approaches, The Future of MERL. Cross-cutting themes included diversity, inclusion, ethics and responsible data, and bridge-building across disciplines.
On 5 September Mr Prashanth Kotturi, Evaluation Analyst, IOE, presented the new book - written with Mr Oscar Garcia, Director of IOE - "Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation". Linda Raftree, independent consultant and founder of MERL Tech, and Michael Bamberger, independent consultant, contributors of the book, also took part in the presentation.
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2019 Asian Evaluation Week
The 2019 Asian Evaluation Week (AEW), jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Finance and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), took place in Kunming, People's Republic of China, from 2 to 6 September 2019. The theme for 2019 AEW was “Quality Evaluation for Better Results: Local, National, Regional Perspectives”, which recognizes that evaluation is influenced by developments at the regional, national, and local levels.
Ms Johanna Pennarz, Lead Evaluation Officer, IOE, led the following sessions:
- "Evaluation synthesis for evidence-based decision-making and practice — the example of inclusive financial services in IFAD and IsDB ", joint session with the IsDB. Ms Pennarz presented the IOE evaluation synthesis on inclusive financial services. The IsDB shared an evaluation synthesis on Islamic finance which was very complementary. The session attracted a number of representatives from IFIs and was well received.
- "Evaluating national-level objectives" ,joint session with FAO. Ms Pennarz gave a presentation on the qualitative approach for assessing country-level results taking the Egypt country strategy and programme evaluation as an example. This session was well attended by a large number of government representatives, who took a great interest in national-level evaluations.
Ms Pennarz also participated as panellist in a session organised by the ADB on "New frontiers in impact evaluation: taking stock of evidence and defining future directions". The key presenters highlighted evidence gaps in the evaluation of infrastructure, energy and natural resource management and elaborated the specific opportunities and challenges that the latter are for impact evaluations. Ms Pennarz commented on the challenges for evaluating impact on specific groups in these sectors.
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Workshop on the Evidence Gap Map of Climate Change Adaptation
The German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) and the Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) of the Green Climate Fund organized a workshop on the Evidence Gap Map (EGM) of Climate Change Adaptation. The workshop took place on 25 July 2019 in Bonn, Germany.
The objective of the workshop was to present the EGM and to discuss its results and implications. The participants discussed the potentials and limitations of the EGM to inform evidence-based development cooperation for climate change adaptation. Mr Hansdeep Khaira, Evaluation Officer, IOE, participated in the event.
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