A special supplement to the summer 2012 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The special supplement features an introduction by Jane Wales and articles by five Aspen Philanthropy Group authors describing the monitoring and evaluation philosophies of the foundations they lead.
Innovations for Scaling Impact (iScale) and the Center for Evaluation Innovation, co-hosts of the International Advocacy Evaluation Community of Practice (IAE-CoP), are pleased to present the first in a series of original webinars that explores evaluation approaches and tools that contribute to the improved effectiveness of international advocacy efforts.
Since 2008, iScale, with generous support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), has been working with and examining networks that focus on addressing various global public challenges. iScale has focused on looking at the role of multi-stakeholder networks as agents of change in addressing these challenges, on understanding the unique needs of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for these networks, and on surfacing tools and methods to improve M&E in order to increase the effectiveness of these networks.
Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC), organizer, and ODI, host, announce a public meeting, "Views amidst violence: can perception surveys improve aid in fragile states?," to explore the challenges associated with delivering perception surveys in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCAS), share findings from two surveys in Haiti and Afghanistan, and assess how far these two perceptions surveys have successfully influenced aid policies. (London and online)
The practice of learning, alongside evaluation, is less clear, according to Peter Laugharn. With that in mind, he sets out six queries that might help foundations orient, anchor, and structure their learning, and better use its fruits.
This event considers how a number of Governance and Transparency Fund programs and projects focus directly on building grassroots capacity to demand improvements in state provision of public goods, especially by marginalized groups. (London and online)
This Background Note builds on recent research by the Overseas Development Institute into the dynamics of decision-making in development agencies. Drawing on over 100 semi-structured interviews, in-depth document reviews and surveys completed by over 500 staff, we recommend clear, practical measures to improve the use of research and evaluation for decision-making.
American Evaluation Association 2012 Conference: "Evaluation in Complex Ecologies Relationships, Responsibilities, Relevance" (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)