3 evaluation reads for the New Year

2016 is nearly upon us, which means the start of a brave new world for international development evaluation. After EvalYear launched an unprecedented chance for reflection and visioning, here is our choice of reading over the break.

Participatory Video and Most Significant Change Guidance

Participation is increasingly seen as an essential design feature of effective evaluation – not only from a human rights perspective, but also as the most promising route to ensuring use. The idea that evaluation is an intervention continues to be a mantra for ImpactReady, and we have found ourselves collaborating with InsightShare on more than one occasion as a result.

Now, just in time for the holidays, InsightShare have boiled their world-class experience in deep participation through video into a practical guide that should be in any evaluator’s or evaluation manager’s tool box. Written by practitioners for practitioners, this guide is the latest effort by InsightShare to increase the intentional and effective use of participatory video approaches in monitoring and evaluation. The practical tips and examples make it well worth the time to read properly, especially as the idea of ‘video’ is still imbued with somewhat mystical characteristics by many evaluation commissioners – and this guide is helpful to both shape expectations and adapt the approach to specific contexts.

Given that both emphasis on meaningful participation and the use of multimedia in evaluation is only going to grow in 2016, this is a great time to start learning more from the masters of participatory video.

Get the whole document: http://www.insightshare.org/resources/pv-and-msc-guide

National Evaluation Capacity Development

UN Evaluation Group
The message from Kathmandu and all of the EvalYear events leading up to it is that the time of National Evaluation Capacity is upon us. The commitment to evaluation in the Sustainable Development Goals will be underpinned by an emphasis on national demand for evaluation – a big step away from seeing ownership as augmenting funder-led evaluations.

Whilst it will probably take some time for these ideas to filter down into real world evaluation Terms of Reference – and parallel tracks of evaluation and capacity development are likely to be travelled for some time – it is a great time for evaluation practitioners to start familiarising ourselves with the characteristics of national evaluation capacity development. This practical guide from the UN Evaluation Group is a good place to start: presenting the real world experience of UN Women, UNICEF, ILO, UNDP, UNAIDS and UN Volunteers.

Get the whole document: https://undg.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/UNEG-National_Evaluation_Capacity_Development-Practical-Tips-ENGLISH.pdf
60-Now I Understand

DIY Data Design

Chris Lysy
Less of a document, and more of an interactive course, Chris’ work continues to lead the way in digital usability for evaluation. Whilst there remains plenty of inertia, we reckon that 2016 will be the year when digital-first evaluation reports finally go mainstream. So once the celebratory dinners are finished, we will be sitting down and spending some serious time getting ourselves up to speed with data visualisation for the modern web.

Take the full course here: http://diydatadesign.com/

However you celebrate, we wish you the very best season’s greetings and a successful 2016.


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