Past events

EvalForward Talks: How do you communicate difficult evaluation findings?

This EvalForward Talks session discussed the challenges and solutions on how to communicate difficult findings to evaluation commissioners / donors / decision makers.

Jennifer Mutua, Project co-ordinator and Founder of the Evaluation Society of Kenya, shared her experience in communicating with different evaluation stakeholders during the ongoing rapid evaluation she is managing on the assessment of service delivery of health & water sector projects in Kericho & Kilifi Counties.

Participants were invited to contribute their experiences and solutions using the session as a safe space to interact with peers, network, exchange tips and voice concerns. 

The session took place on 19 February from 14:00 to 15:15 Rome time / 13:00 to 14:15 GMT.

EvalForward Talks: Remote evaluations during COVID-19: how can we cope and adapt? What are the best solutions?

Join your peers for an informal knowledge-exchange session to share the challenges you are facing and the solutions you adopted to overcome them in carrying out remote evaluations, in times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As other professionals, evaluators had to adapt their practice to the context of the pandemic and find their ways to cope with the uncertainties of the situation. EvalForward organized this informal session for interested members to share their experience, tips and practical solutions in addressing some of the challenges of remote evaluation.

Renate Roels, evaluation manager at FAO Office of Evaluation, set the stage by sharing her experience in managing evaluations over the last months. An interactive group discussion followed with participants invited to use this as a safe space to contribute their experiences and solutions and to voice their concerns related to work in the COVID-19 context.

The session took place on 11 December 14:00 to 15:15 Rome time / 13:00 to 14:15 GMT.


  • Renate Roels

Suivi & évaluation dans le secteur agricole : quelles sont les capacités ?

EvalForward and the Réseau Francophone de l'Evaluation organised a webinar and panel discussion in French to promote knowledge exchange and draw attention to the challenges of building capacity to support evaluation (and by extension monitoring) in the agricultural sector. 

The results of the EvalForward study on monitoring and evaluation capacities in Ministries of Agriculture were presented by Aurelie Larmoyer (FAO). 

The webinar was held on 2 December from 15:00 to 16:30 Rome time / 14:00 to 1530 GMT.

Facilitator: Renata Mirulla (EvalForward).


  • Rodrigue Owoumbou, Responsable Planification et Suivi-Evaluation du Projet de Développement Agricole et Rurale-Deuxième Phase (PDAR2), Gabon
  • Louisette Bamzok, Coordonnatrice National du Projet  d'Appui au Développement du Cacao (PADCACAO) au Ministère de l'Agriculture et du Développement Rural du Cameroun 
  • Dreni-Mi Mahamat Djimé, Directeur de la Production Agricole et Président du Restau Tchadien de Suivi et Evaluation
  • Laurent Barbut, Consultant spécialiste de l’évaluation des politiques agricoles et rurales



Data quality in agriculture and food security in the time of COVID-19


AVANTI and EvalForward organized an e-Panel to discuss challenges and explore solutions to data quality production in the agriculture sector in the context of the Covid 19, with:

  • Tim Njagi, Research Fellow at the Tegemeo Institute, Kenya;
  • Joas Tugizimana, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources of Rwanda;
  • Armand Zoa, Head of the Monitoring Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Cameroon.  

gLOCAL event: Building bodies of impact evaluation evidence

This virtual roundtable was organised by the evaluation office of WFP with support of EvalForward in the context of the gLOCAL Evaluation Week. The aim of the roundtable was to examine how to build global bodies of impact evaluation evidence, while still respecting the context-specific understanding of development. 

Facilitator: Jonas Leo Heirman, WFP evaluation officer in charge of WFP’s impact evaluation activities. 

Presentations by: Hanna Paulose, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (Impact Evaluation) and Kristen McCollum Evaluation Analyst (Impact Evaluation), WFP 

Roundtable discussants: Macartan Humphreys, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Director of the research unit Institutions and Political Inequality, Sven Harten, DEval (German Institute for Development Evaluation), Head of Competence Centre for Evaluation Methodology, Florence Kondylis, Research Manager, DIME, World Bank, Rebecca Holmes, Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute

gLOCAL event: How do innovative evaluations contribute to achieving SDG2?


In the context of the gLOCAL week, the evaluation offices of FAO, IFAD and WFP with the support of EvalForward organized the online learning event: How do innovative evaluations contribute to achieving SDG2?

Drawing from recent and ongoing work from the he Offices of Evaluation of the organizing agencies the event focused on how innovations can provide lessons for progress under SDG2, “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.

e-Panel on Leadership and RBM in the African Agricultural Sector


Experts from Benin, Ghana and South Africa discussed on the importance of leadership and results-based management (RBM) in the African agricultural sector. Among factors mentioned that appear to be crucial for building a culture of results-based management are: the importance of leadership at all levels of government, ministerial networks and alliances, and institutional stability. The panel also discussed challenges around capacity building, indicators and technology – and the work being done to overcome them.


  • Angela Dannson, Director, Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Department, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana
  • Elias A.K. Segla, Evaluation specialist, Presidency, Republic of Benin, Bureau of Public Policy evaluation and Government Action Analysis
  • Ian Goldman, Advisor on Evaluation and Evidence Systems, CLEAR Anglophone Africa and Adjunct Professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town. 

Les nouveaux critères d’évaluation du CAD de l’OCDE

Ce webinaire, organisé par EvalForward et par le réseau du CAD sur l’évaluation du développement EvalNet, présente les critères d’évaluation du Comité d’aide au développement (CAD) de l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE). 

Ces critères ont récemment fait l’objet d’un processus de révision: le référence révisé, les nouvelles definitions, la portée des changements et des examples tirés des evaluations de projets et de programmes en agriculture font l'objet des presentations du webinaire. 

  • Rélatrice: Megan G. Kennedy-Chouane, Secrétaire générale du réseau EvalNet, OCDE
  • Facilitatrice: Rachel Sauvinet Bedouin, Fonctionnaire principale chargée de l'évaluation, FAO


  • Megan Kennedy-Chouane

The new OECD DAC evaluation criteria: what changes for agriculture and food security?

This webinar presented the revised OECD DAC Criteria to interested members of the EvalForward Community of Practice with examples on their contextualization in the agriculture / food security sector.

  • Presenter: Megan Kennedy-Chouane, Secretariat, EvalNet OECD
  • Moderator: Rachel Sauvinet Bedouin, Senior evaluation Officer, FAO 



  • Megan Kennedy-Chouane

Use of synthesis and meta-analysis in development evaluation

This webinar presented the experience of different UN agencies and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in using synthesis and meta-analysis in evaluation, and was organized in the context of the Interest Group on methodologies of the UNEG (United Nations Evaluation Group) and as a follow up to the online discussion hosted on the EvalForward Community of Practice.