ICED hosted the Evidence to Action Conference in Nairobi from May 24th-25th,2017




Participants at the Systematic Review training at ISSER, University of Ghana




Participants of ICED Systematic Review, Morogoro, Tanzania

How We Work

Our Works

ICED works toward its goals through its 4x5x5 Framework for Action, which identifies five interrelated areas of work, crosscutting themes and strategies.

1. ICED focuses on doing research and coming up with innovations on  emerging and new  knowledge about Monitoring and Evaluation and development in five key Areas of Work that we regard as important for Monitoring and Evaluation in  Africa, while also in line with our areas of expertise and interest.
2. In ICED areas of Work, we apply several or all of five ICED Strategies and, as appropriate, cognisant of the five ICED Cross-cutting Themes. These Themes highlight those issues that we believe are of crucial importance in all evaluative initiatives today, and in which we have a particular interest. They provide the lenses through which we do our work, while at the same time offering their own opportunities for intellectual and practical contributions. In other words, these ICED Cross-cutting Themes will also be foci for study and practice as ICED priorities.
3. We do not confine ourselves to complex programme evaluation, but also engage with evaluations of the broader systems, institutions and issues that influence and drive development from local to global level.
4. Our work is thus directed by ICED’s 4x5x5 Approach which consists of these interrelated Areas of Work, Cross-cutting Themes and Strategies. The ICED Theory of Change that follows, and the description of our priority projects (annexed) illustrate the relationships between all these components and the desired results of our endeavour, as envisaged for the inception and first phase of ICED’s existence.

ICED’s 4x5x5 Approach to Monitoring and Evaluation for Development (E4D) in Africa

KEY AREAS OF WORK
1. Evaluation Research and Innovation in Sustainable Development.
A.    Sustainable Agriculture, Food Systems and Nutrition
B.    Climate Change and Environment
C.    Land and Property Right
D.   New Forces in Development
a.   ICT in Development
b.  
Impact investing
c.  
Innovative Finance
d.   
South -South Collaboration
2. Public/Private Institutions M&E System Development and Adaptive Management.
3. Policy Engagement, Communication and Convening for Development.
4. Capacity Strengthening and Professional Development in M&E.
CROSS-CUTTING THEMES
1. Gender and Youth in Development.
2. Culture, Context, and indigenous perspectives.
3. Holism, whole systems and complexity thinking.
4. Sustained development impact and success.
STRATEGIES
1.  Advanced research and innovation in Monitoring and Evaluation by highlighting, triggering and catalysing thought and practice leadership in Africa. To do this we:
  • Identifying,  forecasting,  tracking  trends and critical issues in Monitoring and Evaluation for development.
  • Bring people together across disciplinary, cultural, sector, ideological and other boundaries to trigger and catalyse innovation in M&E for Africa.
  • Conduct theory and field-based research, meta-analysis, meta-monitoring and Evaluation and synthesis to fill knowledge gaps in Africa.
2.  Ensure effective engagement with influential and important stakeholders - decision-makers, managers, Monitoring and Evaluation funders and commissioners to take evidence to Action and test innovations in the field, including in cross-cultural contexts and paradigms.
3.  We support and build public and private sector institutions M&E systems and provide advice and support to policy and decision makers, managers, Monitoring and Evaluation funders and commissioners, cognisant of context, culture and “big picture” gaps and needs from local to global level.
4.  We oversee, advice and/or conduct strategic evaluations where independence, ethical conduct and a high level of technical and political skill are of primary importance.
5.  We strengthen Monitoring and Evaluation professional capacity and practices by provide mentoring, education and exposure that - in collaboration with universities and other education and training initiatives - fill gaps in current efforts in Africa.