I hope this note finds you well. I have been enjoying my e-mail exchanges with many members of this community this past year. My research on Evaluation Capacity Development (presented at the AfrEA Conference as well as at AEA and EES) as well as my recent study on Unintended Outcomes with Michael Bamberger and my even more recent research on cultural competence in evaluation (in French and English) gave me a unique opportunity to greatly benefit from your knowledge and experience.
As many of us in different countries (some earlier than others) are getting ready to celebrate the end of the year with our family and dear ones, I thought that it would be nice to share with you a fun piece on evaluation that I wrote this week (in order to view the content, please click on the following link: Evaluation Letter to Santa Claus_Michele Tarsilla_December 19 2014
It is a letter to Santa Claus and, in its structure, it resembles the wish list that children send to Santa Claus before Christmas with the hopes that they will receive the presents they desire. The difference in this case is that I am not asking for materials things but rather for a series of improvements in evaluation-related behaviors and attitudes within our evaluation/international development community. This letter aims to be quite a humorous piece – and yet a point of entry for further reflection in 2015, the International Year of Evaluation. I dedicate the Letter to Santa Claus to all of you as many of the items mentioned in the letter came up during my conversations with you in the course of numerous evaluation and capacity development assignments undertaken this past year.
Please do not hesitate to circulate this among colleagues and friends with an interest in evaluation and capacity development.
Once again, on behalf of Karen Russon (ECDG President) and me, best wishes for a terrific 2015!
Michele Tarsilla, Ph.D. in Evaluation
Vice-President of the Evaluation Capacity Development Group
Evaluation Advisor and Capacity Development Specialist
Chair of the International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation TIG at the American Evaluation Association