Date(s) - 05/10/2020 - 09/10/2020
Can evaluation of policies and programmes help governments better respond to complex social, political and economic problems? Does it matter if governments do not entrench evaluations as an essential part of public service management and public policy implementation? Countries face unprecedented development pressures; growing inequality, political disruptions, threats brought by climate shifts. Join us in this workshop to explore how institutionalization of evaluations of public policies and programmes through National Evaluation Systems enables governments to generate and use evidence to tackle complex problems.
There is a growing interest to develop country evaluation systems at national and sub-national levels. Canada, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda, Benin etc. have established systems that have been functional for a number of years. Countries like Ghana, Niger, Kenya and Botswana are working on national systems of different forms. At sector level, ministries in different countries have often developed sectoral M&E systems to guide monitoring and evaluation practice. In general, these M&E systems tend to be biased towards monitoring, with work on evaluation emerging in some countries. Evidence suggest that where countries or sectors develop functional evaluation systems this can significantly increase interest in results and shape evaluation practice and drive demand for evaluation skills and evaluation capacity building both from academic institutions and other private providers. Voluntary Organisations of Professional Evaluators (VOPES) are also likely to thrive in an environment where evaluation is being institutionalized.
The workshop draws from documented experiences of governments that have evaluation systems. It explores both the technical and cultural/political elements of institutionalization of evaluations within the public service. It also examines how formalization of evaluation within management of public services strengthens the use of evidence in the public policy.
The following themes are covered in the workshop: Introduction to monitoring and evaluation; evaluation as part of public service management; introduction to the evaluation ecosystem; developing evaluation system policy; support systems and organization/institutional arrangements needed for functional evaluation systems; how to build capacity to support the evaluation system; strategies to promote and embedding the use of evaluation evidence within political context; strategies to resource the national evaluation system. The workshop ends with practical considerations on steps that can be taken by countries to develop evaluation systems that are relevant, sustainable and strengthen the supply and use of evaluation evidence in policy and programme implementation and service delivery.
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