Online M&E communities

This new section aims to provide an overview of active networks bringing together monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialists and practitioners. If you would like us to include your network on this page, please click here to send a message to our web editor.

Featured Community

MandE News: Resources on M&E communities of practice

Launched by Rick Davies, an independent M&E consultant, in 1997, MandE NEWS is both an information service and community resource on monitoring and evaluation practice. The portal contains a comprehensive database of M&E tools and methods, training and job opportunities, and the latest news and events in this area.

The web portal supports facilitates several mailing lists on M&E issues, especially as they relate to international development aid. It also contains a helpful overview of numerous specialized e-groups and learning communities, including country-specific groups active in all regions of the world.

For a full overview of email lists (egroups), and information on how to join, or start a group, please click here.

http://mande.co.uk

News

Organizational capacity development specialist, Asia

17/01/14

Contracting organization: Social Impact/USAID
Location: Thailand
Application deadline: 05 March 2014
Type/duration of assignment: Part-time staff position
More information: https://www.devex.com/en/jobs/organizational-capacity-development-specialist-usaid-rdma-monitoring-evaluation-learning-and-knowledge-management-services-thailand-18713

Social Impact is looking for an Organizational Capacity Development Specialist for a contract to provide monitoring and evaluation and other technical/advisory services to the Regional Mission and other USAID missions and offices operating in Asia.

The proxy workshop 2014

08/01/14

Dates: 4 February 2014 (NB: Registration deadline is 10 January 2014)
Type of event: Workshop
Location: Bergen, Norway
Organization: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre
More information: http://www.u4.no/articles/proxy-workshop

This full-day event organized by the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre is designed for aid agency staff and development practitioners working on evaluation and measurement of governance and anti-corruption initiatives. The workshop follows on The Proxy Challenge, a competition launched by DFID and U4 in 2013 to come up with proxy indicators that can track progress of reform initiatives. Participants will meet the competitors and learn how to conduct evaluation and measurement of governance and anti-corruption reforms in a more reliable, intuitive, and cost-effective way.


 

Practical responses to current M&E debates (Call for case studies)

09/08/13

INTRAC will organize a one-day workshop on  27 November 2013 for M&E practitioners, civil society organisations and development agencies to debate and share their experiences. This event will examine the challenges faced by NGOs and their responses around four themes:

Senior capacity development adviser, Ghana

25/06/13

Contracting organization: Social Impact
Location: Ghana
Application deadline: 21 July 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Full time staff
More information: https://www.devex.com/en/jobs/senior-capacity-development-advisor-evaluate-for-health-ghana-18713

SI is seeking a Senior Capacity Development Advisor for an anticipated "Evaluate for Health" contract to establish a mechanism to support USAID/Ghana in strengthening M&E practices in three core areas: Evaluation Studies and Assessments, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Assistance and Strengthening Local Capacity for Research Management.

Consultancy: Evaluation of Health for Africa

09/06/13

Contracting organization: Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) and NEPAD Agency
Location: Not specified
Application deadline: 20 June 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Short-term consultancy
More information:  http://www.cohred.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/R4HA-Evaluation-Terms-of-Reference.pdf

Applications are invited for an evaluation of the Research for Health Africa (R4HA) Programme. R4HA aims to improve health, development and equity by strengthening capacity for governance of research and innovation in African countries and is jointly implemented by the NEPAD Agency and COHRED. R4HA works with institutions in Mozambique, Senegal and Tanzania as they build national systems for managing research and innovation.

Consultant for external evaluation of ACT Global Capacity Development Initiative

06/06/13

Contracting organization: ACT Alliance
Location: Not specified
Application deadline: 18 June 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Short-term consultancy
More information: http://www.actalliance.org

ACT Alliance is currently looking for an experienced consultant for the external evaluation of the ACT Global Capacity Development Initiative which has been running for 6 years since 2008. The evaluation is expected to start in September 2013 and conclude in December 2013 with an expectation of 30 days work within this period. Enquiries about this post and/or applications should be sent to Sarah Kambarami at sarah.kambarami@actalliance.org

SEEP Network Annual Conference: Partnerships and cross sectoral approaches

04/06/13

Dates: 4-7 November 2013
Type of event: Conference
Location: Arlington, VA, USA
Organization: The SEEP Network/USAID
More information: http://www.seepnetwork.org/annual-conference-pages-20008.php

SEEP is a global network of 130 international practitioner organizations dedicated to combating poverty through promoting inclusive markets and financial systems. This year's conference will serve as a platform to promote learning and exchange around high-potential collaboration opportunities. 

National and local capacity building for disaster risk management: Call for research proposals

03/06/13

Contracting organization: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Location: Global
Application deadline: 1 July 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Consultancy
More information: http://reliefweb.int/report/world/strategic-research-national-and-local-capacity-building-disaster-risk-management-call

IFRC seeks proposals from individual organisations or consortia of organisations to carry out a high-quality operational research programme on national and local capacity building for disaster risk management. This programme is being supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with potential contributions from other donors.

Applications invited for new online course on capacity development (LenCD)

30/05/13

Dates: Nine weeks, starting in September 2013 (Deadline for applications is 22 July 2013)
Type of event: Online course
Location: Online/Global
Organization: LenCD/DiploFoundation
More information: http://www.diplomacy.edu/courses/capacity

The Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) Learning Package on Capacity Development will shortly be available as an online training course. Developed with support from LenCD, UNDP and Learn4Dev and facilitated by DiploFoundation. Please note that this is a paid course, with limited scholarships for applicants from developing countries.

Capacity.org reader survey 2013: Please give us your feedback

23/05/13

reader-surveySNV Netherlands Development Organisation, co-publisher of Capacity.org journal and the associated web portal, is carrying out an independent external evaluation. The aim is to assess the role of the capacity development platform and how it can contribute to SNV's role as a knowledge broker and facilitator of change in different development contexts. Please give us your feedback by Friday 31 May. It will only take 10-15 minutes of your time. 

Monitoring and evaluation advisor, health (Liberia)

26/04/13

Contracting organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Location: Liberia
Application deadline: 31 May 2013 
Type/duration of assignment: Permanent staff position (NB: Position is contingent upon funding availability)
More information: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=9166

The IRC has been present in Liberia since 1996 and supports hospitals and primary health care facilities across three counties. The M&E Advisor will contribute to a forecasted project focusing on providing support to integrated community-level health services and activities.

Upcoming INTRAC blended learning courses 2013

23/04/13

Dates: June and July 2013
Type of event: Distance traininig course (please note that these are paid courses, with early bird discount before 7 June 2013)
Location: Online/worldwide
Organization: INTRAC
More information: http://www.intrac.org/pages/en/blended-learning.html

In addition to its regular residential training courses in Oxford, UK, INTRAC is offering two new "blended learning courses" through distance learning in 2013. The courses will be on the topics: Learning, Advocacy and Policy Influencing, and Monitoring and Evaluation and will take place in June and July. The blended learning courses are delivered remotely through webinar (web conferencing) technology, skype and INTRAC's learning platform (moodle). The course combines trainer-led presentations, discussions and exercises; peer learning with other participants based worldwide; self-directed work; and one-to-one coaching with the trainer. These courses focus heavily on applying learning to the workplace throughout the course. The courses are delivered over an eight week period.

Monitoring and Evaluating When Facing Complexity: Perspectives From a Practitioner-Led Initiative

05/04/13

Date: 25 April 2013
Type of event: Webinar
Location: Global/Online
Organization: USAID/Microlinks
More information: http://bit.ly/14IDzDm

Changes in markets are not predictable and often surprising, even after thorough market analysis and strategic planning. This creates specific challenges for monitoring and evaluation of development interventions. The webinar session will feature insights from the SEEP Network’s Systemic M&E Initiative, a practitioner-led initiative supported by USAID and fhi360 that has been exploring innovative ways to monitor and evaluate interventions in market and financial systems.

Engaging citizen's voices: Global conference

06/03/13

Date: 18 March 2013
Type of event: Conference
Location: Washington DC and Online
Organization: World Bank Institute
More information: http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/event/citizen-voices?

Citizen Voices will focus on citizen engagement and feedback systems that strengthen the quality of policymaking and the science of service delivery, and where the impact on the poor is most direct.  The conference will position the citizen engagement agenda as essential for effective development, move from knowledge to action, and establish concrete partnerships for scaling up at global and national levels.

Monitoring, learning and evaluation officer (Benin)

30/01/13

Contracting organization: Access Agriculture
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Application deadline: 7 February 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Full time staff position
More information: http://www.accessagriculture.org/node/509

Access Agriculture is an international NGO with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and a regional office for West and Central Africa being established in Cotonou, Benin. Access Agriculture facilitates the production, translation, distribution and use of agricultural training videos in developing countries. To support its ‘Videos for farmers’ project, Access Agriculture is recruiting a Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Officer to help the organization to enhance learning in agricultural innovation systems across Africa.

The candidate must have a MSc in agricultural or social sciences. She/he will be fluent in English and French, and have good writing and interpersonal communication skills. The candidate will have a solid experience in monitoring R&D projects and in using statistical software.

Upcoming training courses in East Africa (MDF)

25/01/13

MDF is a global training and consultancy agency, headquartered in the Netherlands with branches in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The MDF Eastern and Southern Africa office is organizing the following courses in the first half of 2013.

Please note that course fees apply

Organisational development and change: 11-15 February, Arusha, Tanzania
Result-based management: 11-15 March, Arusha, Tanzania
Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning: 18-22 March, Arusha, Tanzania
Programme Planning form a Livelihood Perspective: 1-5 April 2013, Nairobi, Kenya
Outcome mapping: 15-17 April 2013, Arusha, Tanzania
Financial management for non-financial managers: 5-10 May, Arusha, Tanzania
Leadership and people management: 13-17 May, Arusha, Tanzania
Project and programme management: 10-21 June, Arusha, Tanzania

For more information and a full overview of all courses offered in 2013, please visit the MDF-ESA website.

 

Learning and knowledge management officer, Ethiopia

16/01/13

Contracting organization: Mercy Corps/USAID
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Application deadline: Not specified
Type/duration of assignment: Staff position
More information: http://bit.ly/10x8zVZ

The Learning and Knowledge Management Officer will be a key position in the $48 million, 5-year USAID-funded Pastoralists Areas Resilience Improvement and market Expansion (PRIME) program. He/she will lead enhanced innovation learning and knowledge management activities. In addition he/she will work closely with USAID/FTF’s Knowledge Learning, Documentation and Policy (KLDP) project and the Capacity to Improve Agriculture and Food Security (CIAFS) program.

Systematic reviews in international development: Dhaka Colloquium materials now available

04/01/13

logo-3ie-international-initiative-for-impact-evaluation-or8In December 2012, BRAC University in Bangladesh hosted the Dhaka Colloquium, which brought together 130 leading researchers and policymakers from 31 countries to discuss the latest methodologies and evidence from systematic reviews of development programmes. Materials from the event, including videos of some of the presentations, are now available.

Capacity building officer: Cash learning initiative

04/01/13

Contracting organization: Oxfam GB
Location: Oxford, UK or Home Based
Application deadline: 11 January 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Staff position
More information: http://reliefweb.int/job/546008/cash-learning-partnership-capacity-building-officer

The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) is an interagency partnership founded in 2006 with a steering committee of five member agencies: Save the Children, Action against Hunger, Norwegian Refugee Council, The British Red Cross and Oxfam GB. The Partnership promotes the appropriate use of cash transfers in emergencies through capacity building, evidence based research and advocating for and engaging in developing policy around cash based programming. The Capacity Building Officer will be responsible for technical quality and roll out of the CaLP trainings and training modules under the CaLP strategy 2012 - 2015 and will be hosted by the Humanitarian Department in Oxfam GB.

E-learning course on national evaluation capacity development

07/11/12

Dates: 14 January to 24 March 2013
Type of event: E-learning programme
Location: Online/Global
Organization: EvalPartners network
More information: http://mymande.org/elearning/course-details/2

Applications are invited for the second course of the e-learning programme on development evaluation, focusing on National Evaluation Capacity Development for Country-led Monitoring and Evaluation Systems.This follows the well attended e-learning course on Equity-focused evaluations that attracted almost 4,500 participants from 163 countries.

Partnerships and Mutual Accountability for Development Results (E-discussion)

06/10/12

Dates: 4 October to 1 November 2012
Type of event: E-discussion
Location: Online/Global
Organization: UNDP and partners
More information: https://undp.unteamworks.org/login?destination=node%2F91436

Launched on 4 October, this four-week long e-discussion aims to gather diverse viewpoints about the results and quality of development cooperation in different countries, regions and globally.  The e-discussion is co-hosted by the UNDP Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD). The discussion will take place in two parts: the first part (4-18 Oct. 2012) will focus on taking stock of improving mutual accountability at country level, the second part (19 Oct. – 1 Nov. 2012) examines the relationship between the country, regional and global processes and frameworks.

Evaluation in Africa – can and should it be more influential? (E-discussion)

05/10/12

This is the final topic in a series of moderated e-discussions on " Thought Leaders in Development and Evaluation." Co-facilitated by the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) and the CLEAR initiative, South Africa, the purpose of the forum is to give impetus to efforts to develop original and influential African contributions that can strengthen evaluation theory and practice on the continent and worldwide. It will also help position the AfrEA "Made in Africa Approach to Evaluation" initiative by focusing on how evaluation can be shaped by Africa-rooted and driven approaches. The e-discussions will feed into a strategic meeting on the future of development and evaluation in Africa to hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy in November. 

Monitoring and evaluation specialist, Ghana

29/09/12

Contracting organization: Nathan Associates Inc.
Location: Ghana
Application deadline: 15 October 2012
Type/duration of assignment: Senior specialist
More information: http://www.devex.com/en/jobs/monitoring-evaluation-specialist-1960

Nathan Associates Inc. is seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist for the USAID-funded Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) Project. The aim of the program is to improve the livelihoods and nutritional status of vulnerable households in targeted communities in the Northern Region of Ghana. Project activities will focus on increasing consumption of diverse quality foods, especially among women and children; improving behaviors related to nutrition and hygiene of women and young children; and strengthening the capacity of local support networks (with a particular focus on the Northern Region Coordinating Council (NRCC) and 14 identified District Assemblies (DA)) to address the needs of vulnerable households.

PRIA launches distance learning course on international perspectives in participatory monitoring and evaluation

30/08/12

Participatory monitoring and evaluation (PME) is gaining considerable ground in international development debate and practice. There are however not many development courses, internationally, which focus on the concept of participatory monitoring and evaluation from an educational and learning point of view. Where they exist, such courses are expensive and thus out of reach of many practitioners.Many practitioners also lack adequate time to attend face to face development courses on monitoring and evaluation. This new course, a collaboration between PRIA and the University of Victoria, is designed to address this gap.

3ie call for replication evaluations

29/06/12

3ie has released a Request for Applications for replication research along with an initial Candidate Studies List.  The submission deadline is 11.59 pm GMT, July 31, 2012.  5-10 grants of up to $ 15,000 each will be awarded. The aim of the Replication Programme is to improve the quality of impact evaluation evidence used for policy making by funding and publicizing replication studies of "influential, innovative, and controversial impact evaluations of development programmes."

Tender invitation: Independent Progress Review of the Programme Partnership Agreement between CARE International UK and DFID

25/04/12

Contracting organization: CARE International UK
Application Deadline: 18 May 2012
Type/duration of assignment: Short-term consultancy
More information: www.careinternational.org.uk/jobs

CARE International UK (CIUK) has secured £3.2 million per year through its 2011-2014 Programme Partnership Agreement (PPA) with DFID. These funds are a vital contribution towards CIUK's role as a key resource within the CARE confederation for thematic technical expertise in areas of good governance, peacebuilding / conflict and private sector engagement, as well as being actively engaged in emerging areas, such as climate change adaptation. Specifically, a primary objective of CIUK's PPA-supported programme is to support the testing, refinement and promotion of innovative approaches to development programming, which is expected to contribute to improved development practice across CARE and the development sector more broadly. CIUK is currently seeking to recruit an evaluation team to conduct an Independent Progress Review of performance and progress so far of its PPA-supported programmes.

Global Program Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Advisor, Oxfam America

12/04/12

Contracting organization: Oxfam America
Location: Boston, MA, United States
Application Deadline: Open,but applications submitted by 23 March will be given priority
Type/duration of assignment: Staff position
More information: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/whoweare/jobs/pages/open-positions

Oxfam America is currently seeking a skilled and inspired MEL practitioner to join their Learning, Evaluation and Accountability Department (LEAD). The organization has a small, home office team (based in Boston) which guides our MEL practice globally. This position would be focused on collaborating with senior MEL colleagues in our regional offices to build robust MEL systems at the field level, and ensuring that we maintain our overall quality standards for Program-level, as well as project-level MEL.

This is a great opportunity to join a very dedicated team of MEL practitioners committed to evidenced-based learning.

Consultancy Team for External Evaluation of IRC-UK's Sida-funded Humanitarian Framework Agreement "Saving Lives, Protecting Rights and Rebuilding Communities"

10/04/12

Contracting organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC-UK)
Location: South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar
Application Deadline: 18 April 2012
Type/duration of assignment: Short-term consultancy
More information: http://www.alnap.org/vacancy/915.aspx

 

IRC-UK is seeking an experienced and multidisciplinary evaluation team or company to conduct an external evaluation of its Sida Humanitarian Framework Agreement programme based on an assessment of the results of three of the projects funded through the programme:

1) Strengthening Capacity of Smallholders in Eastern Zimbabwe to Re-enter the Agricultural Economy and Improve Household Food Security;

 

2) Building Community Resilience to Disaster Risk through Community Driven WASH and Livelihoods Projects in Myanmar;

 

3) Supporting the Health of Refugee Women and Girls in South Sudan (Rapid Response).

Consultancy: Plan UK Independent Progress Review

05/04/12

Contracting organization: Plan UK
Location: Unspecified
Application Deadline: 23 April 2012
Type/duration of assignment: Short-term consultancy
More information: http://www.plan-uk.org/jobs-and-volunteers/consultancy-plan-uk-dfid-ppa-independent-progress-review/

Plan UK is looking for an experienced evaluator/s to conduct an Independent Progress Review of the DFID PPA funded programme: Building Skills for Life: Empowering Adolescent Girls through Education. The programme is focused around 4 thematic areas of programming: Education; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; Economic Empowerment; Protection from Violence. PPA projects are being implemented in 9 Plan countries offices: Pakistan, Cambodia, El Salvador, Mali, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Kenya.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Accountability Co-ordinator

05/04/12

Contracting organization: Oxfam GB - UK
Location: Juba, South Sudan
Application Deadline: 18 April 2012
Type/duration of assignment: Fixed Term 1 year, Unaccompanied
More information: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/jobs (ref: INT5330)

Reporting to the Country Director, and working very closely with Programme Managers, Programme teams and with other Oxfam Affiliates,  the MEAL Coordinator will lead the development of monitoring and evaluation framework across the programme.

Vacancies, Management Sciences for Health, Ethiopia

04/04/12

Contracting organization: Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Application Deadline: 11 April 2012
Type/duration of assignment: Project staff
More information: www.msh.org/careers

A five-year (2011-2016) Cooperative Agreement awarded by USAID to Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the Leadership, Management and Governance Project (LMG) supports health systems strengthening around the world by addressing the needs in leadership, management and governance capacity of policy makers, health care providers and program managers to implement quality health services at all levels of the health system. In Ethiopia, LMG’s goal is to improve human capacity and leadership within the health sector through improving leadership and management competencies of the Federal and Regional health workforce and ultimately the performance of the health workforce.

MSH has openings for several positions in the Ethiopia office, including a Project Director, Senior Capacity Building Advisor and M&E Advisor.

Tenders invited: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, AusAID

02/04/12

Contracting organization: AusAID
Location: Indonesia
Application Deadline: 01 May 2012
Type/duration of assignment: Temporary
More information: https://www.tenders.gov.au/?event=public.atm.show&ATMUUID=C2956E81-955D-0661-DAF7AF710C4CD208

The Australian aid program is committed to improving the quality of monitoring and evaluation, and managing for results, and has significant demand for monitoring and evaluation specialists for both short and long-term assignments. Expressions of interest are sought from organisations and individuals with expertise in the following skill sets:

  • Strategic evaluation: senior evaluation experts who can lead strategic level evaluations and provide expert advice on evaluation design and practice;
  • Strategic monitoring and performance systems: senior monitoring and evaluation experts who can work at a strategic level to support improved performance management systems and practices, such as through use of performance frameworks;
  • Activity evaluation: qualified evaluation specialists who can lead or contribute to evaluations of aid activities; and
  • Activity monitoring and performance systems: monitoring and evaluation specialists who can design, manage or support high-quality monitoring and evaluation systems for aid activities.

Aid effectiveness consultant for the review of the development assistance strategy

02/04/12

Contracting organization: UNDP
Location: Malawi
Application Deadline: 16 April 2012
Type/duration of assignment: Short consultancy (25 days)
More information: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=28907

The purpose of the consultancy is to carry out a qualitative assessment of the Development Assistance Strategy implementation and two thematic case studies on the quality of dialogue and the division of labour. The results will inform the preparation work for the next country framework on aid effectiveness for the period 2012-2016, in line with Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II for the same period.

M&E vacancies, Management Systems International

31/03/12

Contracting organization: Management Systems International (MSI)
Application Deadline: Various
Type/duration of assignment: Consultancies and Staff positions
More information: http://tbe.taleo.net/NA8/ats/careers/searchResults.jsp?org=MSI&cws=2

MSI is a Washington DC -based international development firm providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. The consultancy firm has numerous vacancies globally for capacity-development professionals, particularly in the Monitoring and Evaluation sector. For an overview of current openings, please visit the

MSI website

Monitoring & Evaluation Regional Specialist, PATH

31/03/12

Contracting organization: PATH
Location: New Delhi, India
Application Deadline: Unspecified
Type/duration of assignment: Staff position
More information: http://hostedjobs.openhire.com/epostings/submit.cfm?fuseaction=app.welcome&category_id=24936&company_id=15780&version=1&startflag=2&parent=Asia%3B%3B%3BPublic%20Health&levelid2=24936

PATH (http://www.path.org/)  is seeking a Monitoring & Evaluation Regional Specialist to further the M&E Department’s goal of strengthening Monitoring & Evaluation capacity to measure and learn from results across PATH’s global and field programs. The M&E Regional Specialist will work with the M&E Department to design and provide capacity building opportunities through formal workshops and existing work opportunities to improve the knowledge base and regional capacity to use proven M&E practices and approaches.

Launch event: Online Guide on effective partnerships for humanitarian research and practice

31/03/12

Dates: 17 April 2012
Type of event: Panel Discussion (with live webcast)
Location: London, UK: 15:00-17:00 BST (GMT + 01)
Organization: Overseas Development Organisation (ODA)
More information: http://www.odi.org.uk/events/details.asp?id=2911&title=humanitarian-partnerships-research-academic

In 2011, the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR) called for humanitarian action to be underpinned by evidence and highlighted the need for more systematic and rigorous applied research. However, in order to build this body of evidence and ensure that practitioners can access and apply it, humanitarians and academics need to work in partnership. But what are the key ingredients to an effective partnership between humanitarians and academics? What are the pitfalls and at what stage does it make sense to introduce certain activities or actors?

This event, hosted by the Humanitarian Practice Network at ODI, will launch a ELRHA-commissioned study report that sought to answer this question. In addition to identifying the obstacles to partnership and how these can be overcome, the report highlights a number of examples where effective partnerships between academics and practitioners have yielded results which have had a direct positive impact on vulnerable communities. The report has also been translated into an Online Guide to Effective Partnerships with an Android Application for use in poor coverage areas.The event will include a panel discussion around the value of partnerships, a presentation from one of the case studies and a demonstration of how to use the Online Guide.

Initiative to strengthen evaluation capacities of civil society organisations

30/03/12

The contribution of civil society and the private sector actors in promoting greater accountability for public actions through evaluation has grown over the years. From around 15  National and regional Voluntary Organizations of Professional Evaluators (VOPEs) in the 1990s, there are more than 135 such associations today. In collaboration with UNICEF, the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) has announced the launch of the EvalPartners Initiative - an innovative partnership to enhance the capacities of civil society organizations (CSO)  to engage in a strategic and meaningful manner in national evaluation processes, contributing to improved country-led evaluation systems and policies that are equity-focused and gender-sensitive. (Download project description - pdf)

Eldis governance assessments CDROM now available: Request your free copy!

23/03/12

header-eldis-governance-assessmentsSince 2008 the Eldis project at IDS Knowledge Services has hosted an online resource library, The Eldis Governance Assessments dossier as part of a long-term partnership with the UNDP Global Programme on Democratic Governance Assessments. To mark the end of this collaboration Eldis collated a selection of documents from the library on to a CDROM. The disc contains over 200 resources from a range of different experts, institutions and organisations that work in the field of governance assessments. It is designed to provide detailed, practical information drawing upon evidence about what works, and identifying innovations in approaches, policy and practice. Eldis is trying to identify potential users for the CDROMs by means of a short survey (click here to download) below. Please fill in the form and send it by email to j.collodi@ids.ac.uk

UN M&E specialist, Lusaka, Zambia

22/03/12

Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Contracting organization: UNDP
Application Deadline: 05 April 2012
Expected start date: 01 July 2012
Duration of assignment: One year

The UN system in Zambia supports development operations in the country through the activities of UN system agencies represented on the ground. In addition, as the country is moving towards becoming a lower middle income country the coordination between bilateral and multilateral development agencies is critical to ensure that Official Development Assistance (ODA) has the desired impact during the country’s transition. The UN Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist works under the direct supervision of the UN Coordination Specialist. The M&E Specialist collaborates closely with RCO staff members, the UN inter-agency M&E Working Group and UNDAF Outcome and Joint Programme groups, as well as with Government and Cooperating Partners.

The promises and perils of supporting network formation and development

07/02/12

Date: 15 February 2012 (12-1pm PST / 7-8pm GMT )
Type of event: Webinar (free registration)
Location: Online
Organization: Leadership Learning Community

Drawing on the experiences and examples of three leadership and network evaluators, this session will explore a number of questions, including: What are the promises and perils of investing in network formation? What evaluation questions are important to ask? What are critical practices for supporting and nurturing the emergence and development of networks over time? What are promising practices for evaluating network behavior and network effects in the early stages of network formation?

This session will provide useful advice about how to fund, support, and evaluate network potential and sustainability in the earliest phases of network formation.

 

Theory of change training workshop

30/01/12

Dates: 5 - 7 March 2010
Type of event: Training workshop (Please note that this is a paid course)
Location: Oxford, UK
Organization: International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC)

This new course provides an opportunity to understand and explore what Theories of Change are; how they complement other planning processes; how they can be applied to organisations and to programmes. The course enables participants to consider the steps they need to take in developing a ToC for their own organisation/programme; and offers an opportunity to experiment with developing elements of a ToC on the course.

How to design, manage and conduct impact evaluations

23/01/12

Dates: 6 -16 March 2012
Type of event: Training course (NB: Full and partial scholarships are available to participants from East Asia)
Location: Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Centre, Shanghai, China
Organization:  CLEAR

This course will cover commonly used econometric and statistical methods to evaluate the impacts of social and other programmes in developing countries. The focus is on learning how to perform ex-post evaluations, that is, evaluations of programmes that have been implemented, where some group of individuals (the treatment group) has been exposed to the programme and some other group (the comparison or control group) has not. The course will cover both randomized and non-randomized methods.

Using case studies in development evaluation: Validity, Generalisation and Learning

28/12/11

Dates: 21-23 May, 2012
Type of event: International workshop
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization: Centre for Social Science Development Research University of Copenhagen and the Evaluation Department of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Abstracts are invited for this international workshop, which will focus on methodological and practical considerations when using case studies in evaluations of development. The workshop will be organised in collaboration with the journal Evaluation:the international journal of theory, research and practice. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 December 2011 .

ECB interactive learning series

13/10/11

Dates: Various, November 2011 to February 2012
Type of event: Online conference series
Location: Global
Organization: Emergency Capacity Building Project (ECB)

ECB inter-active is a series of five regional events in Africa, Asia and South America that will share ECB Project learning for the first time across the humanitarian sector. The aim is to share experiences of capacity building and understand more about the ECB Project's innovative approaches for successful collaboration and joint action. Participants will be drawn from government, UN, humanitarian networks, NGOs, donors, and inter-governmental agencies. Each event will include a series of inter-active learning opportunities focused on the core themes of National Staff Capacity Building, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Accountability to beneficiaries.

Free webinars on equity-focused evaluations

06/10/11

Dates: Various, October to December 2011
Type of event: Webinar
Location: Online
Organization: My M&E portal

My M&E, an open learning portal that supports knowledge-sharing on country-led M&E systems worldwide, is convening a series of free webinars on equity-focused evaluations by respected experts in this field.

Upcoming sessions in October and November will cover, respectively: case study and equity in evaluation (Saville Kushner); programme theories and logframes to evaluate pro-poor and equity programmes (Patricia Rogers and Richard Hummelbrunner); and systems thinking for equity-focused evaluations (Bob Williams and Martin Reynolds).

Impact Evaluation Conference 2011: Follow live conference updates

08/06/11

Dates: 15-17 June 2011
Type of event: Conference
Location: Cuernavaca, Mexico
Organization: 3iE

The 2011 impact evaluation conference 'Mind the gap: From evidence to policy impact'  will bring together over 400 policymakers, practitioners and researchers from Latin America, Africa and Asia, to take stock of what we have learned from evaluations and the way forward for adopting new approaches.The conference will highlight cases from across the world where impact evaluations have provided evidence to scale up or modify existing development programmes. The conference offers a unique learning space to share ideas and be part of current debates on impact evaluations. All are welcome to participate by following live updates and commenting on the live blogs.
 

Virtual evaluation writeshop 2011

16/05/11

BetterEvaluation - a new interactive web facility that allows those dealing with evaluations as designers, commissioners or implementers to make informed methodological choices - seeks participants for its first-ever "Virtual Writeshop" on evaluation, to run between May and September 2011. Interested evaluation professionals with experience in diverse aspects of evaluation - including design, collection, sensemaking and reporting - are invited to participate.

INTRAC announces 2011-12 training programme

01/04/11

Dates: Various

Type of event: Training (Please note that this is a paid course)

Location: Oxford, UK

Organization: International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC)

Course overview: INTRAC’s 2011-12 training programme kicks off with a Monitoring and Evaluation course on 9-13 May. This is the first of a series of courses on monitoring and evaluation, advocacy and organizational development being organized in May and June 2011. Please visit the INTRAC website for application details and an overview of the full training calendar.

New online discussion on the future of capacity development

18/03/11

The Broker, an online magazine on development cooperation has launched an online discussion entitled Capacity on the Brink of Maturity, building on themes explored in " Capacity Development in Practice ," the resource volume for practitioners published by Earthscan in 2010. The discussion will focus on strategies for improving the effectiveness and results of capacity development by expanding on some of the 'what next' questions addressed in the book.

As a first step, the magazine has published a series of blog posts by the co-editors and other contributors to the Volume. To read the entries and participate in the discussion, please click on the link below.

International conference on capacity development

12/01/11

Dates: 15 December 2011
Type of event: International conference
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Organization: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairst

Following the publication Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB) evaluation report of the effectiveness of Dutch support for capacity building in developing countries, this follow up conference will implementation of the report's recommendations.

Most Significant Changes (MSC): E-group with more than 1100 members that promotes discussion and widespread use of  a 'non-indicator based approach' for monitoring development and change.

Outcome Mapping Learning Community: This group has more than 700 practitioners who seek to promote participatory learning in project and programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.