ECDG would like to invite the evaluation community to share stories of positive events that occurred when working on evaluation capacity development (ECD) within your respective organizations or innovative strategies taking place in other organizations.
Recently, ECDG began an exciting journey to conduct a Global Scan of ECD (GS-ECD) to document innovative yet practical activities or processes involving a variety of:
• Actors (such as academia, government agencies and civil society organizations);
• Levels (e.g., teams within organizations, groups, networks, communities, organizations, sectors, countries or regions); and
• Contexts (including indigenous and non-Western cultures).
HOW CAN YOU BE PART OF THIS ECD JOURNEY?
We simply ask you to take a few minutes of your time and share with us:
– successful ECD activities and “exceptional” ECD moments that you and/or your colleagues experienced in the present or past of your respective organizations; and
– a short comment/reflection on how you believe that your current or past ECD experience is going to enhance your organization’s evaluation capacity in the future.
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS THAT MIGHT HELP YOU IN ASSESSING YOUR ECD EXPERIENCE:
Please tell us about innovative forms of ECD partnerships that your organization has forged, including:
a) strategic alliances or partnerships with non-profit entities/organizations;
b) experiences with funders who have acted as a catalyst of innovative ECD partnerships;
c) key alliances or partnerships with the private sector, government, academia and/or national evaluation associations.
In addition, we are eager to learn of stories involving effective ECD infrastructure, including:
a) a particular configuration of organizational design that has been quite effective in enhancing ECD practices in your specific organizational setting;
b) the role of external evaluation expert in successful ECD interventions as well as the role of international champions in national ECD interventions; and
c) internal organizational processes such as information technology, communication channels, as well as incentives, revenue models, and other underlying support that have proven to be conducive to fostering ECD.
IF YOU HAVE READ THIS FAR, WE HOPE THAT YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN JOINING US IN THIS JOURNEY AND MAKING A LASTING CONTRIBUTION TO ECD.
On behalf of ECDG, we thank you very much for your time and interest. We look forward to hearing about your stories that will encourage and inspire others in their ECD efforts. Please send these to Karen Russon (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michele Tarsilla (email@example.com) between now and September 30th, 2013. The results will be shared (via a special dissemination event on the ECDG website) and selected stories will be summarized and presented during a session we are hosting at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference in Washington DC in October!