This discussion invites to share experiences and good practices in reducing the burden of M&E activities on farmers on the one hand and on ways to ensure that results are useful and meaningful.
- With the Covid pandemic, more of the evaluation load has shifted to local specialists. What is the experience and what are the success stories from this change?
Can we use an evidence-based, evolving Theory of Change to achieve "local learning” during project design?Theories of Change may articulate step-by-step action plans and measurable indicators of success, but those plans are based on assumptions, rather than evidence about what is locally doable and worth doing.
- Lack of external coherence in agriculture projects can cause antagonism among interventions or implementation strategies and annihilate the results and progress achieved. This often leads to strategic behaviour (bias) on the part of beneficiaries.
- Is evaluation present in your country, and in the agriculture sector specifically? Please share your experience and suggestions on how to move evaluation systems forward.
- How can we make rapid evaluations of the impact of COVID on communities in order to be able to be proactive and/or react in a timely manner?
How to use Knowledge Management to strengthen the impact of Evaluation on smallholder agriculture development?Knowledge Management and Communication are both critical to Evaluation, especially for communicating the results of evaluations, including the promotion of lesson learning to inform decision making and planning. What is your experience in applying knowledge management in M&E and evaluation work?
- Despite the significant challenges faced by persons with disabilities living in rural areas, there is comparatively less experience in addressing disability inclusion through evaluations related to agriculture, rural development and food security.
How can evaluation help improve data quality and policies on food security during Covid-19 pandemic?Data on food production, prices, trade, market access, nutrition and data on population without access/constrained access to food items are all affected by the current pandemic
- Evaluators may find themselves having to adapt their approach to the new reality of the COVID pandemic in the short- and medium-term. Please share your experience and suggestions on how to adapt evalaution approaches.
- Are evaluation and monitoring mutually exclusive practices, or are they complementary and both necessary for assessing and correcting the performance of a development action?