The four programs of ICED constitute its main areas of work over the next five years. They build on important gaps and strengths in evaluation in the Global South. The programs will take shape through time-bound projects conducted in collaboration with individual associates and organizational partners.
The projects will address urgent, important and/or intriguing issues identified in collaboration with key development and evaluation stakeholders.
Evaluation Research and Innovations
Development is being framed by both the Sustainable Development Goals. This brings remarkable new opportunities and new ideological, technical and political challenges to development and its evaluation.
|1. Sustainable Agriculture, Food Systems and Nutrition.
2. Land and Property Right.
3. Environment and Climate Change.
4. New Forces in Development.
|i. Private-public Sector Partnerships
ii. Impact Investing
iii. Innovative Finance
iv. Technology in Development
v. South/South Collaboration
Public and Private Institutions M&E System Development and Adaptive Management
Policy Engagement, Knowledge Management and Convening.
Information and knowledge remain the most important currency in today’s economies. Research and synthesising of Evaluation knowledge for development in Africa can be more credible, relevant, useful and impactful.
A large number of research-focused organizations are producing huge amounts of exciting research results as well as M&E data. However for many of them, the production of the research report often marks the end of the process hence missing out on an opportunity to create meaningful change by influencing policy and practice at both the national and institutional level.
ICED seeks to disseminate Research and innovation in Evaluation for Development in our focus area of work and other programme research findings and results to various stakeholders and sharing some of the recommendations in terms of regional and national programmes and priorities. Through this process the ICED team seeks to collaborate and use their research and innovation in evaluation for development in the do the following:
ICED shall work to increase public appreciation, understanding and support research and innovation in evaluation for Development. Convening and summits organized by ICED will highlight the work of research and evaluation institutions and other research findings and generate some feedback from key stakeholders in each country (public and private).
Our aim is to position the ICED as a though-leader in the communication of development research findings and ensure research results being generated by the global institution are widely shared and appropriately utilized. Ultimately, we are looking to create buy-in for the evaluation for research results and build a strong advocacy and policy influencing agenda behind their research agenda.
Our goal is to ensure recommendations made as a result of the research findings are taken up and implemented by other stakeholders.
Approach: ICED will be undertaking a number of convening events and summits to cover all the necessary stakeholder groups in the most targeted way. In terms of process,
ICED will conduct:
ICED believes that through pubic convening, evidence to action summits, technical meeting and the public dialogue, a platform will be established for participants to provide inputs and feedback into the research results and process.
Capacity Strengthening and Professional Development.
Capacity building is integral to the International Centre for Evaluation and Development’s (ICED‘s) efforts that seeks to provide, inspire, and support thought and practice leadership in evaluation profession. The evaluation profession is becoming a very fashionable field of work worldwide, and as such is attracting people who may lack sufficient skills and insights to do justice to the demands of the profession. Professionals need the ability to understand development challenges in the Global South in depth, nuance and sensitivity to culture and context.
The primary goal of ICED capacity building is to promote evaluation theory and practice, and utilization of high quality evaluation that foster sustainable effective evaluation practice.
ICED seeks to strengthen evaluation professional capacity and practices through training, mentoring, couching and exposure that - in collaboration with universities and other education and training initiatives - fill gaps in current efforts in the Africa The Evaluation profession will bring to bear on its theory and practice expertise from other disciplines and perspectives from unconventional sources. The professionalization efforts intended here are poised to encourage new entrants into the evaluation profession and ICED will work collaboratively with academic institution in establishing courses of study. To do this requires agility and strong professional networks, especially from different professions and disciplines in the currently under-represented Global South, in order to lead and stay current in a fast-moving world.
ICED is dedicated to the advancement of evaluation theory and practice in the Africa through offering evaluation professional trainings in three main areas: i) Leadership Skills Development, ii) Evaluation Communications, and iv) Management Decision-making.
Evaluation must be conceived and designed with a thorough understanding of the initiative and the context within which it operates. The capacity building needs to be tailored and designed for the context in which it occur.
ICED uses the term Capacity Building to refer to the enhancement of the abilities of stakeholder to evaluate and address crucial questions related to policy choices and different options for development with the intention of facilitating or catalysing capacity development and related change processes at the individual, organization and societal levels.
Individual capacity building refers to the education or training of individuals on theory and practice of evaluation.
Organizational capacity building is focused on developing and fostering an environment for the use of evaluation for development in the Global South to enhance decision making
Institutional/System capacity building is related to strengthening and restructuring existing institutions and supporting them in forming sound policies, organizational structures, and effective methods of management, an approach that covers the institutional and organizational perspectives.
Leadership Skills Development Program: The program focuses on developing individual and organizational leadership skills and applying those skills to enhance evaluation theory and practice.