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Commonwealth - La Francophonie - G20 Outreach Meeting

ODI general feed - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:00
​The annual Commonwealth and La Francophonie dialogue with the G20 will be held in Washington DC on Monday, 7 April 2014 at the International Monetary Fund.
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The effectiveness of climate finance: a review of the Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund

ODI general feed - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:00
One in a series of ODI working papers assessing the effectiveness of multilateral climate finance; this paper reviews the Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund.
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Twenty years on: the Rwandan genocide and the evaluation of the humanitarian response

ODI general feed - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:00
By the end of 1994, an international evaluation process of the humanitarian response to the Rwandan genocide was about to start and I had been appointed as Team Leader.The following 14 months were an intense rollercoaster of an experience as our 20-strong team carried out its work.
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Teaching and learning: achieving quality for all

ODI general feed - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:00

This event will launch the 2013/14 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, Teaching and learning: achieving quality for all. The report will show that a lack of attention to education quality and a failure to reach the marginalised have contributed to a learning crisis that needs urgent attention. ​Speakers include ODI's Kevin Watkins, as well as Lynne Featherstone (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development) and Mary Stiasny (Pro-Director International, Institute of Education, University of London).

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EEE Week: Melissa Cater on Extension Evaluation

American Evaluation Association 365 Blog - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 01:42

My name is Melissa Cater, and I am an assistant professor and evaluation specialist at Louisiana State University AgCenter. I am also serving as Chair of the AEA Extension Education Evaluation Topical Interest Group (EEE-TIG) this year. The EEE-TIG provides a professional development home for Extension professionals who are interested in program evaluation; we also welcome other individuals who are evaluating non-formal education outreach programs in a community setting. The EEE-TIG goals provide a guiding framework for the membership.

Hot Tip: Our TIG has provided a place for Extension professionals to become more collaborative. If you are searching for a way to become more involved in evaluation, join a TIG. The networking opportunities are endless.

This week’s aea365 blog posts are sponsored by the EEE-TIG. I invite you to learn more about who we through this week’s series of posts. You’ll see that we have a range of interests within our membership from evaluating agricultural programs, to teaching evaluation, to supporting participatory community research, to building evaluation capacity.

Hot Tip: You can learn even more about the EEE-TIG and the varied interests of our members by viewing our archived blog posts.



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Hot Tip: Want to learn about the diversity of programs that are being evaluated in Extension? Check out the Journal of Extension to see the breadth of topics.

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Extension Education Evaluation (EEE) TIG Week with our colleagues in the EEE Topical Interest Group. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from our EEE TIG members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

Related posts:

  1. EEE Week: Sarah Baughman on Building Evaluation Capacity Across Disciplines: From Feral Hogs and Fire Ants to Families
  2. EEE Week: Mary Arnold on Building Capacity
  3. Lisa Townson on Tailoring Evaluation to Your Audience

Defining ‘aspirational yet attainable targets’ for new goals post-2015

ODI general feed - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 00:00
This briefing considers how ‘aspirational yet attainable targets’ could be defined for new post-2015 goals.
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Dan McDonnell on Evaluating Your Tweets

American Evaluation Association 365 Blog - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:09

Hello, my name is Dan McDonnell and I am a Community Manager at the AEA. 

I’ve written much in the past about different tools and tricks that can help evaluators be more productive in using Twitter, which hopefully have proved worthwhile in helping you make smart use of your time on social media. By evaluating your Twitter activity and engagement, you can better understand what content resonates with your followers, and how your tweets might help you expand your network of contacts and followers.

Hot Tip: Monitor Tweet Click Throughs with a URL Shortener

While you can’t necessarily measure if people are reading your tweets, you can see who is taking action and clicking the links that you share – which in turns lets you know that you’re sharing content your followers find interesting! Using a link shortening tool like Bit.ly or Ow.ly (HootSuite’s built-in shortener) will automatically track the number of times followers click on your links. Periodically check in to see the types of content that get the most attention. Are tweets using certain hashtags or are shorter tweets getting clicked more often? Let that help you inform future content and topics for things you tweet about.

Hot Tip: Measure Your Most Engaging Tweets

Another set of metrics that you can look to for wisdom is engagement. Keep an eye on the number of times your tweets are being retweeted, favorited or replied to through the basic Twitter client, or sign up for a free tool along the lines of Sprout Social or HootSuite. This lets you keep track of your top-engaging tweets so you can easily see what stories, resources and thoughts are most likely to be be engaging to your followers.
Hot Tip: Evaluate your Favorite Hashtags

In my last post, I mentioned Tweetbinder as a handy tool for digging into hashtag data. The amount of data you can find is staggering! Simply visit the site and type in your hashtag of choice. The report you pull up with show you the top contributors, when the hashtag is most active and examples of recent tweets. With this knowledge, you can find new, interesting people to follow, analyze good times to tweet on the hashtag and see where you rank among tweeters for impact, influence and more.

This is really just scratching the surface on what Twitter metrics can tell you, and how you can use them to your advantage in evaluation. In a future post, I hope to be able to expand upon these topics and provide additional tips and tricks on digging into the data. How do you use Twitter metrics to your advantage?

 Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org . aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

Related posts:

  1. Dan McDonnell on Making New Friends and Mastering Lesser-Known Twitter Features Without Third Party Apps
  2. Dan McDonnell on Twitter Etiquette and Data Archiving
  3. Dan McDonnell on 5 Social Media Tools For Curation and Visualization

Erin Blake on Healthy Tips for Traveling Evaluators

American Evaluation Association 365 Blog - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:15

My name is Erin Blake and I am worried about your health!

Working for the Caribbean Public Health Agency has raised my awareness of the growing problems with obesity and associated diseases. The go to axiom in public health is ‘the health of the nation, is the wealth of the nation.’ Well, I think that is also true for evaluators too. We need to take care of our physical and mental health in order to do the best job possible for our clients and stakeholders.

Many of us (myself included) struggle with our weight and maintaining our health. It can be hard making good choices when travelling frequently, working long hours, under stressful deadlines, in places where food options are limited and/or working in locations that have no facilities for exercise.

So how can we better take care of ourselves when we are on the road?

Hot Tip: Do your research. When booking accommodation, look for places that have facilities for exercise or are close to places you can go for a jog/walk/swim. You don’t have to take exercise seriously, just regularly. Thirty minutes a day!

Hot Tip: Be prepared. ALWAYS pack your gym gear and swim wear when you are heading out on the road. Be prepared to exercise in your room. Sit ups, push-ups, squats, yoga, dancing, star jumps and many more exercises don’t need a gym. There are loads of resources on the web that can help you identify exercise that can work for you.

Hot Tip: If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Download some apps for tracking your calories and exercise (or just write it down!).

Rad Resource: MyFitnessPal is a free app (available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows) that includes a daily diary for tracking your nutritional intake and calories burned. It has a surprisingly large database of different foods and their nutritional content which is particularly handy. It also has some fun graphs for your inner data viz nerd!

Get Involved: I want to encourage more AEA members to share their experiences and tips for maintaining their health.

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Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org . aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

Related posts:

  1. Shortcut Week: John Paul Manning on RescueTime for Time Tracking
  2. Clare Nolan on Transforming Health Care: Evaluating Accountable Care Organizations
  3. BLP TIG Week: Michelle Baron on The Importance of Strategic Planning in Building a Culture of Evaluation

The technical is political: what does this mean for the health sector?

ODI general feed - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:00
It is now generally accepted that governance and political economy factors are key to the effective delivery of public goods and services in specific sectors. This brief, the fourth in a series, aims to help bridge the gap between governance and sector specialists by examining the politics and governance of the health sector through a ‘sector characteristics’ lens.
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The governance of urban service delivery in developing countries: literature review

ODI general feed - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:00
By 2030, urban populations worldwide are expected to grow by 1.4 billion people, with city and town dwellers accounting for 60% of the total world population. In an increasingly urbanised world, it will be crucial to ensure that public services in urban areas deliver for poor people as well as the wider population, and it is now well known that governance factors are important in constraining or enabling effective service delivery. This literature review examines the available knowledge and policy advice on the governance of service delivery in urban areas.
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Security and justice reform: overhauling and tinkering with current programming approaches

ODI general feed - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:00
This report brings together some of the key points of discussion from a one-day workshop organised by ODI in January 2014, ‘From policy to programme implementation: Examining the political economy of security and justice reform.' It also draws from ​responses to an anonymous questionnaire of workshop participants, and on-going thinking in ODI in relation to the political economy of security and justice programming.
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The radical right in the European Parliament: impact on development policy

ODI general feed - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:00
A discussion paper on the rise of populist, radical right parties in the European Union (EU) and the implications for the next European Parliament, in particular, EU development cooperation.
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Why and how are donors supporting social enterprises?

ODI general feed - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:00
Interest in supporting innovative business models intended to achieve social impact is growing among official development agencies. This report looks at public donors' support for social enterprises and similar endeavours, examining their rationale for doing so and how they measure the impact of their support.
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Getting real about politics: from thinking politically to working differently

ODI general feed - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:00
One of the most important lessons to emerge in international development over the past two decades is that institutions matter, and that behind institutions lie politics. But making this operational has proven much more difficult: what is needed is a shift not only to think politically but also to work differently.
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Can fiscal policy be used to promote inclusive growth?

ODI general feed - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:00

Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist at the Asian Development Bank presents the Asian Development Outlook 2014, providing analysis of economic issues in developing Asia.

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Fresh Thinking Needed on Cyprus

A new round of talks has begun in Cyprus and the key parties seem eager to reach a settlement. However, the official goal — a bizonal, bicommunal federation — has stymied negotiators for decades.

Curbing Violence in Nigeria (II): The Boko Haram Insurgency

In its latest report, Curbing Violence in Nigeria (II): The Boko Haram Insurgency, the International Crisis Group examines the emergence, rise and evolution of a movement whose four-year insurgency has killed thousands, displaced close to a million, destroyed public infrastructure and weakened the country’s already poor economy, particularly in the North East. The government’s failure to provide security and basic services makes poor youth, in particular, an easy recruitment target for anti-state militias. As Boko Haram’s network expands into Cameroon and Niger, a military response is not enough. Only deep political and socio-economic reform can ease the injustices that fuel the insurgency.

Susan Kistler on Innovative Reporting Part I: The Data Diva’s Chocolate Box

American Evaluation Association 365 Blog - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 01:34

Hello wonderful aea365ers. My name is Susan Kistler and I am, or will be when we launch on June 1, a contributing editor at TheSmarterOne.com, where we aim to “Increase Your ROI on Life and Have Fun While Doing It.” I’m also the Executive Director Emeritus of the American Evaluation Association, and originator of aea365. But enough about me, let’s talk about chocolate!

Back in February, Stephanie Evergreen wrote on her blog about “findings cookies” – homemade fortune cookies with a tiny tidbit from an evaluation report inside.  I loved the idea, but ran into two potential problems with personal execution: 1. I burn most of what I cook, and 2. I needed something that was more portable. Our beloved aea365 curator, Sheila Robinson, came to the rescue when she suggested “findings chocolates” in the comments to Stephanie’s post. These were perfect for making ahead for an upcoming dataviz workshop I was giving where colleagues from the St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) would be in attendance. The data from their 2011-2012 Vision Cards served as the basis for these examples.

Hot Tip: Wrap Hershey’s Nuggets in hand-made overlays and you’ll have three sides available for information. When we made the ones at the top of this post, we put a graph illustrating the measure on top, the interpretation and goal on one side, and a link to the full report on the other.

Cool Trick: 3/4″ color coding dots fit perfectly on the bottom of Hershey’s Kisses. Buy the dots that can be printed on and add a key finding. Then, peel and stick!

Rad Resource – Chocolate Stickers and Wrappers Templates: We’re launching TheSmarterOne.com on June 1, but I posted a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these over there already, including templates for both the kisses and the nugget wraps. While you’re there, feel free to poke around (with the caveat that we’re still working things out) and sign up for our weekly newsletter. If you’d like to learn more about what we’re doing, or consider writing for us, see this post.

This is the first in what will be an ongoing series on alternative reporting, exploring ways to get your report off the shelf and into people’s hands and heads.

Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

Related posts:

  1. Susan Kistler on Evaluating Website Traffic
  2. Elissa Schloesser on 5 Steps for Translating Evaluation Findings into Infographics
  3. Kristi Pettibone on Evaluating Environmental Change Strategies

Mapping climate-relevant incentives and investment at country level: a diagnostic tool to mobilise private climate finance

ODI general feed - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:00
​This paper describes a new methodology to support governments and development partners that wish to mobilise private finance for climate-compatible development (CCD).
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Large Systems Change: Producing the Change We Want

Networking Action - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:18

Waddell, Steve, Hsueh, Joe, Birney, Anna, Khorsani, Amir, & Feng, Wen. (2014). Turning point – large systems change: Producing the change we want. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 2014(53), 5-8. doi: 10.9774/GLEAF.4700.2014.ma.00003

Transformation and large systems change is not something that …