Who and what we are
|1.||ICED is an international and independent Monitoring and Evaluation think-tank, based in and focused on Africa and led by Africans. It specialises in innovation and research in Monitoring and Evaluation for development that is firmly rooted in leadership in thought and practice. It is managed and governed by highly experienced, well-connected, and passionate development and Monitoring and Evaluation experts who work in complementary areas.
As professionals, we have strong international profiles and solid reputations built on integrity and a focus on excellence. We are knowledgeable about current trends and issues in evaluation, research and development. This enables us to operate effectively at the nexus between evaluation, knowledge translation and development.
|2.||We have worldwide networks of competent and technically advanced colleagues, and can involve some of the best people around the world in an effort to advance frontiers, and to reconceptualise and reshape approaches in order to take Monitoring and Evaluation and development into new realms of effectiveness. We draw on the strengths and insights of many highly credible professionals to take the field and practice of Monitoring and Evaluation for development beyond the use of conventional methods and tools.|
|3.||We maintain our independence at all costs. We are not beholden to any particular actor or interest group, nor do we promote any specific paradigm or ideology in evaluation.|
|4.||We are committed to the highest professional and ethical standards with only one purpose in mind: to support development in Africa in a manner that is consistent with our guiding principles. This commitment has to be shared by our sponsors, partners, associates and other stakeholders.|
How we work
|1.||At the core of ICED’s establishment is the belief that Africa now needs more targeted initiatives to encourage and advance thought and practice leadership in the Monitoring and Evaluation profession. ICED’s assumption is that if trends and priorities are well identified; existing expertise and innovations in Africa highlighted and developed hand in hand or integrated with those in the other countries; original thinkers and practitioners encouraged to span disciplinary, sector, geographic, demographic and ideological boundaries; influential, well-resourced and risk-taking actors are brought on board; known and new information and knowledge are integrated, synthesised and well communicated; and energies focused on solving key challenges and sharing solutions, advances in Monitoring and Evaluation will accelerate, with the potential to become catalytic and/or transformational for development in Africa, rather than remaining underrated, too slow and/or incremental.|
|2.||ICED therefore seeks to play a strong role in Monitoring and Evaluation for development from this perspective. We will specifically nurture thought and practice leadership in order to provide a channel for new voices, insights and approaches that can bring new advances and enrich the field of Monitoring and Evaluation worldwide.|
|3.||We identify and track trends and movements globally that affect both development and Monitoring and Evaluation theory and practice.|
|4.||We draw from, and bridge differences wherever appropriate. We thus span boundaries - geographic, demographic, disciplinary, ideological, or simply between stakeholders – and mobilise untapped expertise and unconventional, maverick thinkers in order to advance innovation.|
|5.||We look beyond the Monitoring and Evaluation of projects and programmes to the larger policies, strategies and systems that affect development impact in order to provide lessons, insights and new ways of thinking and doing. ICED wants to take evidence to action in global south development.|
|6.||We link state-of-the-art Monitoring and Evaluation theory with real-world practice.
All our initiatives have an innovative aspect, or provide opportunities to innovate.
|7.||We emphasise the creation of productive relationships between research and innovation in Monitoring and Evaluation and practical application. Thought leadership drives and enables leadership in practice, and vice versa, and both inform a knowledge base useful for Monitoring and Evaluation and development work. We aim to test new ideas and methodologies in actual evaluations or in the design of M&E systems. In turn, experiences from the field inform new insights and ideas.|
|8.||We therefore do not provide conventional Monitoring and Evaluation consulting services. Instead, we operate in tandem with adventurous agencies and organisations keen to experiment with new ideas and approaches that can advance Monitoring and Evaluation as well as development. We also use our expertise to oversee, advise and conduct independent and challenging strategic evaluations.|
|9.||We do this with the recognition that Monitoring and Evaluation demands a high level of ethics - not in addition to, but as the bedrock for bringing technical and other types of expertise to bear.|
|10.||Over time and in conjunction with others, ICED will develop mentoring and exposure opportunities that are context- and culture-sensitive, and that fill gaps in current training and education efforts in Africa. These could include:
|11.||We do not duplicate the efforts of others. Instead, we bring together teams of associates - individuals and/or organisations - to collaborate on time-bound projects within our Areas of Work and Cross-cutting Themes. The project design and participation will depend on needs, the expertise of those involved, and the availability of resources.|
|12.||ICED has an advantage in engaging and communicating in the development, research and Monitoring and Evaluation arena, as its understanding of influential knowledge translation strategies comes from many years of closely following and evaluating such initiatives.|