Evaluation questions the value of aid interventions. We need to keep warranting the value of evaluation.Blog
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and/or exacerbated any pre-existing issues worldwide. For evaluators too, since March 2020, additional questions arise as to how to ensure that evaluations offer useful contributions to their intended users. Driven by the need to continue to support learning and accountability, evaluations have also adopted new ways of working, and turned virtual for a large part. Do we know how this has affected the utility of our work? While we acknowledge the new limitations posed by the pandemic situation, we may also need to address this question.
What has evaluation done until now to promote its
How are these applied by institutions concerned with agriculture, and are officials working in this sector equipped with adequate capacities and resources to carry out evaluation?
Knowledge seems to be scarce on these questions. Hence, the FAO Office of Evaluation and EvalForward started exploring the dynamics of evaluation within Ministries of Agriculture and their relations with other institutions who play a role.
While the study is ongoing, the Francophone International Forum on Evaluation - FIFE2019, held in Ouagadougou from 11 to 15 November, provided an opportunity to exchange ideas on these questions with Conference participants. In a Round Table with
The African Evaluation Association’s 9th International Conference will be held in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire from 11 to 15 March 2019. The Conference theme is Accelerating Africa’s Development: Strengthening National Evaluation Ecosystems. It aims at expanding the “Made in Africa” evaluation approaches, supporting knowledge sharing, capacity development and networking opportunities among a wide range of organisations and individuals working on evaluation.
EVAL-ForwARD will actively promote and support one of 12 work strands of the Conference, titled “Improving Agriculture and Food Security through Evaluation”.
Those interested in contributing to the conference may propose: papers, roundtables, posters, exhibitions and workshops