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New blog: How “Practical” or “Useful” are Rapid Evaluation, Really? – By Khotso Tsotsotso

There is no doubt that evaluations can play an integral role in decision-making. On the one hand, when the information is accurate, detailed, and insightful; evaluations can help make effective programme decisions, like whether to continue, scale up, discontinue or even, whether to intervene at all.  On the other hand, it is well understood that [...]

By | August 19th, 2019|Announcements, Blog|Comments Off on New blog: How “Practical” or “Useful” are Rapid Evaluation, Really? – By Khotso Tsotsotso

Latest blog: “Evidence informed decision making amidst competing priorities in the public sector”- by Kachero Benjamin

  Background Basic economic theory notes that scarce resources should be optimally utilized which in turn point to a need for evidence-informed decision-making. The availability of evidence should guide decision-makers on adopting government policies that will best meet development imperatives.  Globally there is a clarion call for using existing and new evidence to inform decision-making. [...]

By | August 12th, 2019|Announcements, Blog|Comments Off on Latest blog: “Evidence informed decision making amidst competing priorities in the public sector”- by Kachero Benjamin

Strengthening Systems of Evidence in Parliaments: A side event at the AfrEA conference, 2019.

Forming part of a side event at the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) conference 2019, the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA), and Twende Mbele hosted a peer-learning Symposium on ‘Strengthening Systems of Evidence in Parliaments’. The symposium reflected on a number of key issues affecting evidence use within parliaments. The discussions [...]

By | June 21st, 2019|Announcements, Blog|Comments Off on Strengthening Systems of Evidence in Parliaments: A side event at the AfrEA conference, 2019.

Global Parliaments and the Colombo Declaration

Introduction Over the years there has been a shift in the use of evaluations, from a donor dominated space to, in recent years, an increased use by both governments and parliaments. Parliaments represent the bridge between the state and its citizens, so the use of evaluations by Parliamentarians for increasing accountability can be seen as [...]

By | January 9th, 2019|Announcements, Blog|Comments Off on Global Parliaments and the Colombo Declaration

#Evidence2018 insights

In a recent panel discussion at the #Evidence2018 conference in Pretoria, South Africa, panellists from Benin, Uganda and South Africa, discussed how government institutions made use of evidence for better informed policy-making. The panel discussion titled: Cross-Governmental Panel Discussion: Sharing Institutional Insights into Evidence Informed Policy-Making Approaches in Africa, also delved deeper into governmental landscapes [...]

By | December 5th, 2018|Announcements, Blog|Comments Off on #Evidence2018 insights

From infancy to maturity: Constraints to the “Made in Africa Evaluation” (MAE) concept (Part 2)

By: Mokgophana Ramasobana and Nozipho Ngwabi The blog titled “Made in Africa Evaluation: Africa’s novel approach towards its developmental paths (Part 1) provided an historical overview on some of the initiatives proposed to pioneer the MAE concept by various African scholars and evaluation practitioners. These include Prof. Zenda Ofir, Prof. Bagele Chilisa, Dr. Sukai Prom [...]

By | November 28th, 2018|Announcements, Blog|Comments Off on From infancy to maturity: Constraints to the “Made in Africa Evaluation” (MAE) concept (Part 2)

Parcours de la demande de systèmes d’évaluation gouvernementaux: Une vue de l’Afrique Francophone et du Maroc

Une récente table ronde tenue lors des Journées Bénoises de l’Évaluation, à Cotonou, Bénin, a permis de mieux comprendre certains des facteurs qui affectent l’institutionnalisation des systèmes nationaux d’évaluation en l’Afrique Francophone et du Maroc. Le panel, intitulé ‘Évaluation et perspectives de l’institutionnalisation de la fonction d’évaluation’, a examiné les progrès accomplis dans la mise [...]

By | October 17th, 2018|Announcements, Blog|Comments Off on Parcours de la demande de systèmes d’évaluation gouvernementaux: Une vue de l’Afrique Francophone et du Maroc

Journeys of demand for government evaluation systems: A view from Francophone Africa and Morocco

A recent panel discussion at the Journees Bèninoise de l’Èvaluation Benin, in Cotonou, shed light on some of the factors affecting institutionalisation of national evaluation systems in Francophone West Africa. The panel, ‘Assessment and perspectives of the institutionalization of the evaluation function’, discussed progress in building the systems and structures for a government evaluation system [...]

By | October 16th, 2018|Announcements, Blog|Comments Off on Journeys of demand for government evaluation systems: A view from Francophone Africa and Morocco

Changing the Game for Evaluation Education in Africa: The Collaborative Curriculum Development Project

Introduction Unlike other professions such as accountants or doctors, the field of ‘Monitoring and Evaluation’ is relatively new and non-standardised. Employers and recruiters of M&E staff don’t always know what they’re looking for, and presently in Africa, there is no harmonisation of competencies, resulting in the variable quality of practitioners.  Academic and non-academic training programmes [...]

By | September 3rd, 2018|Announcements, Blog|Comments Off on Changing the Game for Evaluation Education in Africa: The Collaborative Curriculum Development Project

Communique from Benin Evaluation Days/Journées béninoises de l’évaluation

This week saw over 300 participants from Africa, the Americas and India converge on Cotonou, Benin to participate in the 5th edition of the Benin Evaluation Week. Participants included evaluation practitioners, researchers, specialists and professionals from the evaluation of public administration, institutions of the Republic of Benin, communities, local authorities, universities, professional organisations and civil [...]

By | August 10th, 2018|Announcements, Blog|Comments Off on Communique from Benin Evaluation Days/Journées béninoises de l’évaluation