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

 

ICED's PROGRAMS

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.

A.
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
   
B.
Public and Private Institutions M&E System Development and Adaptive Management

This program focuses on providing technical support to public and private non-state actor organizations to build M&E systems and capacity to provide evidence on results delivery and management.

ICED will work alongside clients to use M&E as a management tool to facilitate systematic tracking and management of performance to ultimately deliver results.

Key Areas of Work:

Under this program ICED aims to work with clients to develop and/or strengthen M&E systems and management, focusing on the following specific:

Development of National/Sector M&E policy and the underlying principles and practices:

  • Preparation of National/Sector Performance Framework
  • Program/Project M&E frameworks
  • Development of a how to M&E manuals for Practitioners and Non-Practitioners
  • Capacity development on program/project theory change mapping
  • Development of M&E Training Manuals
  • Development of M&E Plans
  • Establishing results delivery units
  • Setting up program/project M&E systems
  • Setting up sector/government-wide M&E systems
  • Conducting M&E training workshops
  • Undertaking mentoring and coaching of young M&E practitioners
  • Provision of on-demand M&E advisory services and support
C.
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:

  • Share some of the early research results and work with key national and regional priorities.
  • Support scale up of what is working and best practices.
  • Contributing to create systemic change in each country and across the region.

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:

  1. A technical briefing with donors, strategic partners and the academia.
  2. A public forum and dialogue to launch research and evaluation results and disseminate the findings to a wider public. Through these we aim to reach multiple audiences.

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.

D.
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.

Specific objectives:

  1. Improve capacity and practices of evaluation professionals to manage, use and conduct evaluations.
  2. Enhanced professional skills in evaluation theory and practice in the Global South.
  3. Improve effectiveness of evaluation process (programs, products, personnel, policy, performance, research, theory and practice) for sustained changes and long term impacts.

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.

  • Evaluation Communication: This training program targets evaluation professionals with diverse backgrounds with the aim of bridging existing communication gaps and facilitating greater translation and use of the best available evidence from data, research, and evaluation in policy formulation and program improvement in the Global South.
  • Management Decision Making:  The program focuses on supporting evaluation professions at African institutions and organizations to lead and drive change within their organizations and the Global South more generally.