The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of World Bank endorsed CEval and University of Berne, Switzerland, for hosting the relaunch of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET). From 1999 to 2016, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, offered IPDET and established it as the leading training program for development evaluation with more than 3.500 participants from 125 countries in the World. In summer 2018, the new IPDET 2.0 training program will be offered in Berne and managed by the Center for Continuing Education (ZUB) at University of Berne in cooperation with CEval. The application process is still open until May 13, the schedule for the program is July 16-27, for further information see www.ipdet.org. Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann and Ass Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer are the scientific leader of the program at CEval side. The shared task of CEval, the Center for Continuing Education (ZUW) at University of Berne and IEG is to modernize and to improve the IPDET Program according to the changing demands. From Saarland perspective, the planned linkage of IPDET and the new Blended-Learning Master of Evaluation (www.mable-evaluation.com), starting in April 2018, is a matter of particular interest.
From 5 to 9 February, a meeting of the Universities Universidad de Costa Rica, Ponteficia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador (PUCE) and Saarland University took place in San Jose (Costa Rica). The DAAD-funded university cooperation pursues a number of objectives: in Costa Rica, an online further training program for evaluation, including 7 modules, has been developed, which is now offered in Latin America in Spanish.
This program is based on the Saarbrücken Master's degree, which will be offered in English by Saarland University and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern from April 2018 on. In addition, a comparable offer is to be implemented at PUCE within the framework of the university cooperation. Another important topic of the cooperation is the "Youth Evaluation" project, which is carried out in cooperation with the German Institute for Development Evaluation (Deval). The aim is to make it easier for young, well-trained evaluators to enter the world of professional practice. Under the guidance of experienced professors, an evaluation will be carried out with a small group of young evaluators in three Costa Rican communities.
The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations in 2016, were the subject of a conference held in Guanajuato (Mexico) at the beginning of December. Evaluators from all over the world met in this picturesque silver and gold mining city to discuss challenges of the Agenda 2030 for evaluation.
Guanajuato (Mexico) with the University of Guanajuato
CEval also took part in the conference, which was organized by the Latin American Evaluation Association ReLAC (Network for Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematisation in Latin America and the Caribbean), REDLACME (Red Latinoamericana y Caribe de Evaluacion y Monitoreo) and IDEAS (International Development Evaluation Association), with a series of presentations. PD Dr. habil Wolfgang Meyer, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann and Lena Taube conducted a pre-conference workshop on the topic: "Development and Implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation Systems for the SDGs", addressing the particular challenges for evaluation on the systemic level.
In one of the sessions hosted by CEval, the project "Evaluation Globe: The Americas" was presented, which is a worldwide research and book project. For a selected number of countries from all continents, the degree of institutionalisation of evaluation should be described in order to enable comparative analyses. While the European volume is already in preparation, Mexico had been now the place to launch the "Americas Volume including South, Central and North America as well as the Caribbean.
Another workshop thematised the role of university cooperation as part of evaluation capacity development. Stockmann emphasised: "In my opinion, the concept of university cooperation is still far too little used for evaluation capacity development. It seems particularly promising to me, if it is involved in other support measures and programs such as ours in giz and now DEval projects, e.g. foceval."
In his lecture "Capacity Development and Competencies for the SDGs", PD Dr. habil Meyer dealt with the skills and abilities that evaluators should possess in order to enable them to competently perform monitoring and evaluation tasks in the context of SDG reporting.
Several participants in the Workshop of PD Dr. habil Meyer
The panel entitled "Capacity Building for Evaluating SDGs", initiated by Stockmann, was well attended by experts from Asia, Latin America and Europe who shared their experiences.
The University of Costa Rica and CEval had invited for a university meeting to form a Latin American network of all universities offering academic education and further training in evaluation. Stockmann presented the European counterpart; USPE, and developed a catalogue of tasks for future activities.
Dear participants of workshop #14 at RELAC, please find as promised the three presentations of the workshop here as PDF files. Please feel free to contact Reinhard Stockmann or Wolfgang Meyer if you have any questions.
Increasingly institutions recognize the benefit of results-based M&E-systems for evidence based program steering and organizational development. This trend also refelcts in an increasing number of requests for consultancy services for developing such systems. After the project for implementing an organization-wide M&E-system for Engagement Global was just successfully accomplished in June 2017, CEval now advises the ASEAN Secretariat on behalf of the GIZ in developing a methodological and operative framework for systematic results-based monitoring. The project comprises conceptual advise as well as a capacity development component that aims at qualifing the staff of the four responsible M&E divisions of the Secretariat.
The picture above shows Dr. Stefan Silvestrini with the participants of the training that recently was conducted at the Secretariat's HQ in Jakarta and the GIZ program manager, Ms. Heppner. Further interactive workshops for outlining the operational design of the M&E-system are planned for autumn this year.