Rewiring Evaluation: Approaches @ the intersection of data science and evaluation

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Date(s) - 03/06/2020
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9:00 am – 10:15 am EDT – Overview of big data and its applications to evaluation
10:30am -11:30am EDT – Organizational perspectives on big data and evaluation

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Join us for a lively session on approaches at the intersection of data science and evaluation!

These sessions will feature a combination of evaluators and data science users and practitioners to explore lessons, opportunities and challenges in rewiring evaluation. The sessions will draw on the new Rockefeller Foundation report, Measuring Results and Impact in the Age of Big Data: the Nexus of Evaluation, Analytics, and Digital Technology, and other lessons from both international development experiences and the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Session 1        9:00 am – 10:15 am
Overview of Big Data and its Applications to Evaluation 

Evaluation in the Age of Big Data

Michael Bamberger  |  Independent Evaluator and Author
Michael Bamberger has been involved in development evaluation for over 40 years. His publications include “Integrating big data into the monitoring and evaluation of development programs”, “ Dealing with complexity in development evaluation: a practical approach”, and “RealWorld Evaluation”.

A Big Data Science Approach to Evaluation

Pete York   |   Principal and Chief Data Scientist,  BCT Partners
Pete York has 20+ years of experience as an evaluation consultant and researcher. For the past eight years, he has built predictive, prescriptive, and causal evaluation models using large administrative datasets and machine-learning algorithms across many fields.


Session 2        10:30 am – 11:30 am
Different Organizational Perspectives on Big Data and Evaluation    

Perspectives on Using Data Science for Evaluations – Learnings from India

Swapnil Shekhar  |  Co-founder and COO, Sambodhi Research and Communications, India
Swapnil Shekhar is a co-founder and COO at Sambodhi, South Asia’s leading impact evaluation and research organization in the development and public sector. Swapnil has 20+ years of experience driving large-scale MLE projects across Asia and Africa, being an active contributor to the global south development narrative and field.

Evaluation in the Age of Big Data: Prospects and Challenges for Independent Evaluation

Jos Vaessen  |  Methods Adviser, World Bank Independent Evaluation Group
Jos Vaessen is Methods Advisor at the World Bank. His publications include: “Impact evaluations and development – NONIE guidance on impact evaluation”, “Mind the gap: perspectives on policy evaluation and the social sciences”, “Dealing with complexity in development evaluation: a practical approach”.


Moderator: Veronica Olazabal   |  Senior Advisor and Director, Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance, Rockefeller Foundation
Veronica Olazabal, Senior Adviser & Director at The Rockefeller Foundation, is an award-winning evaluator with a global portfolio ranging +15 years. She serves on various funding and advisory boards and has published on this topic in the Evaluation. Under her management, The Rockefeller Foundation recently published Measuring Results and Impact in the Age of Big Data: the Nexus of Evaluation, Analytics, and Digital Technology.