United Nations Evaluation Group – Evaluation Practice Exchange session on Environmental and Social Impacts in Development Evaluations

17 Nov 2020

As part of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG)’s Evaluation Practice Exchange (EPE) programme, on 17 November 2020, the Environmental and Social Impact (ESI) Working Group held a session about “Environmental and Social Impacts – How to Integrate Them into Evaluations”.

Mr Suppiramaniam Nanthikesan, Lead Evaluation Officer of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), took part in the event, with a presentation on IOE’s systematic framework for mainstreaming environmental and social impact in all development evaluations.

United Nations Evaluation Group – Evaluation Practice Exchange session on NVivo

12 Nov 2020

As part of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG)’s Evaluation Practice Exchange (EPE) webinars of this year, on 12 November 2020, the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a new EPE session related to the experience of IEO office using NVivo, an innovative qualitative analysis software used for evaluation.

Ms Valentina Di Marco Conte, Evaluation Consultant of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), took part in the event with a presentation on IOE’s experience on using NVivo.

2020 ARRI learning event

15 Oct 2020

The Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) organized a virtual learning event to present the 2020 edition of its flagship report, the Annual Report on Results and Impact (ARRI). The objective of the seminar was to share and discuss the findings of the 2020 ARRI. The event took place on 27 October 2020 from 15.00 to 17.00 hrs CET (Rome time), via Zoom webinar.

The ARRI presents a synthesis of the performance of IFAD-supported operations and highlights systemic and cross-cutting issues, lessons and challenges to enhance the development effectiveness of IFAD-funded operations. The 2020 ARRI has identified a number of factors that the independent evaluations have highlighted as recurring in the design and implementation of IFAD-supported projects.

Mr Fabrizio Felloni, Interim Officer in Charge, IOE, delivered the opening remarks. Then, IOE presented the main findings of the 2020 ARRI. This was followed by a panel discussion on enhancing the role of governments as partners in IFAD-supported projects. The discussants included Ms Johanna Pennarz, Lead Evaluation Officer, IOE; Ms Rasha Omar, Country Director for India and Hub Head, Asia and the Pacific Division, IFAD; Mr Ulac Demirag, Country Director for Ethiopia, East and Southern Africa Region, IFAD; and HE Dr Kaba Urgessa, State Minister of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The audience was then able to interact with the panellists in a live Q&A session. Mr Donal Brown, Associate Vice-President, IFAD, also delivered remarks.

The event was attended by over 80 people.

IOE wishes to thank all participants who joined the event and contributed to the fruitful discussion.

Watch the recording here.

United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) - Evaluation Practice Exchange (EPE) session on Environment and Social Impact

15 Oct 2020

On 15 October 2020, the Working Group on Incorporating Social and Environmental Impact on Evaluations – United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) organized an Evaluation Practice Exchange (EPE) session on assessing new ways to integrate environmental and social impacts into evaluations. IFAD made a joint presentation with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Mr Suppiramaniam Nanthikesan, Lead Evaluation Officer, IOE took part in the seminar with an intervention on IFAD’s main policy and framework aiming to ensure that all evaluations are able to accurately assess the environmental and social impacts of development interventions implemented by the organization.

Using NVivo for Evaluation – Virtual Event

13 Oct 2020

On 13 October 2020, the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a knowledge sharing session on NVivo, an innovative qualitative analysis software that can be used for evaluation, in order to better centralize and code data, facilitate searches, conduct deeper analysis and articulate findings to increase credibility.

Mr Nuri Niyazi and Ms Valentina Di Marco Conte, respectively Evaluation Research Analyst and Evaluation Consultant, Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE), presented IFAD’s experience on using NVivo for evaluation. Mr Fabrizio Felloni, Interim Officer-in-Charge, IOE, also participated in the event.

Despite numerous strengths – such as an intuitive interface, an easy coding system, fast instant text searches and the creation of an institutional memory of data – the presentation was useful to also highlight the limitations of the software and all those aspects that will need to be improved in the future: for instance, the time-consuming information coding system and the limited ‘share-ability’ of the database.

Learning event on the Corporate-Level Evaluation on IFAD’s Support to Innovations for Inclusive and Sustainable Smallholder Agriculture

08 Oct 2020

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) has organized a learning event on evaluating IFAD’s support to innovations for inclusive and sustainable smallholder agriculture. The event was held on Thursday, 8 October 2020, from 14.00-16.00 hrs CEST via Zoom Webinar.

The purpose of the learning event was to share experiences and the main findings of recent evaluations of IFAD’s support to rural innovations, as well as to promote dialogue across the Fund and with external stakeholders on the topic.

The event was opened by Fabrizio Felloni, Interim Officer-in-Charge, IOE, with remarks by Mr Donal Brown, Associate Vice-President, IFAD. Following a keynote address by Ms Irene Arias Hofman, CEO, IDB Lab, Inter-American Development Bank, IOE delivered a presentation on the recently conducted corporate-level evaluation on IFAD’s support to innovations for inclusive and sustainable smallholder agriculture. IFAD directors illustrated examples of successful innovations from their regions or areas, and IFAD’s Change, Delivery and Innovation (CDI) Unit discussed the Fund’s Innovation Action Plan. Mr Andrew Haley, Managing Director at Accenture, provided insights from the perspective of the private sector.

The virtual learning event was attended by over 110 people.

IOE wishes to thank all participants and representatives of the Executive Board who joined the event.

Watch the recording here.

PRiME/CLEAR seminar on results of inclusive value chains and access by small producers Experiences in Latin America

21 Sep 2020

On 22 September 2020, the Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) and PRiME organized a virtual event to present successful experiences related to value chain initiatives in Latin America.

Mr Fabrizio Felloni, Interim Officer-in-Charge, IOE, participated in the seminar and delivered a presentation on the Corporate-level Evaluation on IFAD’s Engagement in Pro-poor Value Chain Development.

Visit the website for more information.

"Serving Society with Space Data" virtual series – All SDGs: Monitoring and Evaluation

16 Sep 2020

Hansdeep Khaira, Evaluation Officer of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), was a panellist for the webinar entitled “All SDGs: Monitoring and Evaluation” of the “Serving Society with Space Data” virtual series. The series is co-hosted by the Space Enabled Research Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Secure World Foundation. It seeks to bring together experts working in companies, non-profits, academia and government to highlight initiatives and projects undertaken to progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The webinar took place on 16 September 2020.

2020 Asian Evaluation Week

11 Sep 2020

Mr Suppiramaniam Nanthikesan, Lead Evaluation Officer of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), participated in the 2020 Asian Evaluation Week. The initiative is the leading evaluation knowledge-sharing platform in the Asia and Pacific region, and is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Finance, People’s Republic of China, through the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Institute, (AFDI) and the Asian Development Bank’s Independent Evaluation Department (IED).

Mr Nanthikesan co-delivered the joint lead presentation during Session 31: Evaluating for climate change adaptation – the critical challenge of the 21st century and beyond, held on Friday 11 September.

The presentation was delivered with Mr Juha Uitto, Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility, and Mr David Slattery, Evaluation Adviser, of the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme.

EvalCrisis podcast: Nanthikesan – Rethinking evaluation

31 Aug 2020

In this episode of the EC DEVCO’s EvalCrisis podcast, Suppiramaniam Nanthikesan, Lead Evaluation Officer of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD, in conversation with Marco Lorenzoni, Hur Hassnain and Saskia Brand from the European Commission DEVCO/ESS, discusses rethinking evaluation in light of the global Covid-19 crisis. It is argued that we should take a fresh look at upward and downward accountability, as well as the role of local capacity.

The podcast is available at https://bit.ly/32D9dVc

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