How and why do Communities of Practice for Evaluators deliver? The case of EvalForward
EvalForward is a Community of Practice on Evaluation for Food Security, Agriculture and Rural Development launched in 2018 by the evaluation offices of FAO, IFAD, WFP and CGIAR, with the purpose to Improve national capacities in conducting or using evaluations related to agriculture, rural development and food security through the establishment of an international network open to evaluators, development practitioners, policymakers and researchers across national institutions to share evaluative information and knowledge on food security-related interventions.
Is this aim still valid and what is the added value that EvalForward and Communities of Practice in general bring to the evaluation community?
Drawing from the recent Independent Review of EvalForward Community of Practice, this gLOCAL2023 event highlighted how peer to peer capacity development strengthens culture and collaboration opportunities within the evaluation community, the novel cross-agency dedicated facilitation model of EvalForward, and the role of institutional sponsorship of Communities of Practice in order to deliver global public goods where there would otherwise be gaps.
- Presentation of the EvalForward Review by Carl Jackson, knowledge management and evaluation consultant, UK.
- Interventions by Masahiro Igarashi (EvalPartners co-chair and former FAO evaluation director) and EvalForward Steering Group representatives: Svetlana Negroustoueva (Evaluation Lead, CGIAR) and Aurelie Larmoyer (Senior evaluator, WFP)
- Testimonials and change stories by members of the Community: Nayeli Almanza (Mexico), Gordon Wanzare (Kenya) and Anna Maria Augustyn (Poland).
Word cloud on the value of being part of a Community of Practice by participants: