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28.02.2022

New publication: The Institutionalisation of Evaluation in the Americas

The book ‘The Institutionalisation of Evaluation in the Americas’ (https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-81139-6#toc) is the second volume of the project ‘Evaluation Globe – Compendium on the Institutionalisation of Evaluation’ with the overall aim to provide an interdisciplinary audience with cross-country learning to enable them to better understand the institutionalisation of evaluation in different nations, world regions and sectors.

Based on a screening, eleven countries, in which evaluation plays a significant role, were included in the Americas volume: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and the USA. In addition, three transnational institutions, that have supported the national setup of the institutionalisation of evaluation within the Americas-region: CLEAR-LAC, Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group and the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Inter-American Development Bank. This correspondents to a pool of 35 authors who took over the herculean task and present their country/organisation specific landscape of the institutionalisation of evaluation.

The studies were based on an analytical framework developed by the editors, to guarantee comparability throughout all four volumes of the book series. As for the volume on Europe, published in 2020 (https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-32284-7), again the three social sub-systems were selected for further investigations about the role evaluation play in its institutional frameworks – this time in the Americas: the national political system as the main authority for decision-making, the civil society for controlling and supporting political governance, and the systems of professions for implementing and improving knowledge and skills production.

The case studies for the Americas show, that while evaluation is very rarely implemented on the primary level of legislation (constitutions and laws), there is a certain number of countries with implementations at the secondary level in form of decrees and regulations. Those countries with a high degree of institutionalisation are also the ones that use evaluations for decision-making. Out of this, however, it can be concluded, that evaluation is very much used as an instrument of the executive branch, but less used by the legislative, as usage by parliaments is scare, except for the USA. The performance in civil society is worse, there is almost no country with an important amount of implementation and use of evaluation, the media are rarely aware, and there is almost no public discussion about evaluation. The institutionalisation of evaluation as a profession is quite heterogeneous: Whereas it is well developed in North America and some Latin-American countries like, for instance, Argentina, Colombia and Costa Rica, there is no such development in the other countries. The development of the professional system is driven by some inherent forces of the evaluation community and mainly individuals, who are specially interested in evaluation. But this goes not hand-in-hand with the raising demand for evaluation professionals in the countries. In opposite, the institutionalisation and use of evaluation is primarily policy driven, linked to new public management and support from transnational institutions.

A further comparison between the Americas and Europe shows, that there are some similarities, as for example the dominance of the political system. The marginal role of civil society, and the autonomous but rarely institutionalised discipline in the systems of professions. There are also some significant differences: for example the poor relationship between legal framework and evaluation policy in Latin America, the missing effect of a broad variety in civil society, and the much bigger and better organized VOPEs in North America. The patterns of institutionalisation do not vary much between the countries. The most important driving force is new public management and the idea of evidence driven policy that spread over both the Americas and Europe in the 1960s. Another important driver in Europe had been the EU and there is no pendant for this in the Americas. However, transnational organisations in the development cooperation context had been important for the implementation of evaluation in Latin America. Surprisingly, the high degree of formal institutionalisation in Latin America do not lead to evaluation practice. This may be a hint for the poor involvement of Latin American administrations into the international public management movement.

If you are interested now, in getting further insights on the institutionalisation of evaluation in the Americas and Europe, please use the discount vouchers below, to get a special 20% discount off the printed books or eBooks!

Further volumes on Asia-Pacific and Africa are underway – we will keep you updated!

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23.11.2021

CEval supports the GIZ in Vietnam

For almost two years the CEval supported the “Social Dimension of Sustainable Green Growth” project, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Vietnam. The GIZ project provides capacity building in Social, Gender and Policy Impact Assessment for the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of Vietnam and relevant implementing agencies.
The CEval developed an academic curriculum on M&E and Impact Assessment for the Hanoi Law University, the University of Labor and Social Affairs, and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and conducted several online workshops to prepare the teaching staff for implementing respective course modules. The workshops included practical case studies, group works and plenary discussions. Expert inputs and feedback by our experts led to a deep understanding of the topics and their methodological foundations.
As the positive feedback from the universities and participants, as well as the good media coverage shows, the virtualization of the collaboration due to the pandemic situation, has not reduced its success.
We are thus pleased to have been able contributing again to the professionalization of evaluation in an international context and look forward to the collaboration with GIZ in developing a training concept for government employees to be designed until the end of November 2021.

Visit the official GIZ SD Project article on Facebook here.
Watch the news report from VTC1 on the GIZ in Vietnam Facebook page here.

 


21.10.2021

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann gives theoretical input at the very first IPDET Global Outreach activity!

To ensure that the development of evaluation capacities reflects the local context, IPDET expanded its activities around the world on the basis of the recently developed Global Outreach Strategy.
The first virtual series of activities has now begun under the main leadership of CEval: The focus is on parliamentarians and academic employees of parliaments in the Asia-Pacific region.
During the first event, which was attended by almost 120 participants, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann, Director of CEval, member of the IPDET Steering Group, co-implementer and main author of the IPDET Global Outreach Strategy, provided the scientific input and also headed the panel with political decision-makers from Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka and Uganda.

The video recording and further details on the first IPDET Global Outreach activity can be found here


24.03.2021

New Training Program on M&E by Gesellschaft für Nachhaltige Entwicklung in cooperation with CEval.

Since February 2021, CEval supports Gesellschaft für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (GNE) with the new online training program Coordinator in Monitoring & Evaluation in development cooperation and humanitarian assistance. In the seven months of training, including three months of internship, the participants learn in theoretical and practical lessons how to use the concepts and methods of evaluation to measure the impact of development cooperation and humanitarian aid projects. The basic modules on Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL), on qualitative data collection and analysis as well as on quantitative data collection and analysis are taught every four months by the trainers of CEval.

This cooperation with GNE complements the wide range of training offers by CEval. Apart from the provision of tailor-made evaluation trainings for organizations, CEval offers the two Master's programs Master (Blended Learning) of Evaluation (MABLE) and the postgraduate study course Master of Evaluation. Additionally, CEval hosts the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) under the umbrella of the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI) together with the Center for Continuing Education (ZUW) at University of Berne.

 


23.03.2021

New publication: German version of the book on the institutionalization of evaluation in Europe published.

The Evaluation Globe Project, conducted by the Center for Evaluation at Saarland University under the direction of Reinhard Stockmann and Wolfgang Meyer, is dedicated to a systematic exploration of the institutionalization of evaluation in a global perspective. The first volume, which takes on developments in Europe, has now been published in German by the Waxmann publishing house. It was previously published in English at Palgrave Macmillan. Based on a structured research guide that ensures comparability, the individual contributions examine developments in different social systems: the political, the social, and the professional. 

 
In addition to 16 country case studies covering different regions of Europe, the volume also considers the influence of selected international or supranational organizations on the institutionalization process. The systematic methodology of the volume leads to a summarizing 'synthesis' of the findings of the country studies in the last chapter. Thus, the volume provides important insights into the institutionalization of evaluation in Europe. In the coming years, volumes on North and Latin America as well as Asia-Pacific and Africa will follow.

Click here to find the publication of the German edition on the Waxmann website.

Here you can find the English version on the Palgrave / Macmillan website.