In almost every field, the COVID pandemic has led us to distinguish what is essential from what is less. In evaluation, most international travel had to be cancelled and many ordinary ways of working were disrupted or put into question. Still, many evaluations were conducted in 2020, thanks to creative and adaptive planning and finding new ways of working.
This event will take a step back to reflect on some of these evaluation practice adaptations, and identify those that should persist to build forward better evaluation practice in the future. In particular, the session will look into how the changed conditions have increased reliance on national consultants, what opportunities can be leveraged in this regard, and what risks need to be managed. The session will touch on questions related to strengthening national ownership of the evaluation processes and results, reducing international travel and carbon emissions, protecting the independence and the credibility of the evaluation process, and enhancing capacities and roles of national consultants and institutions.
This session will feature the involvement of Eoghan Molloy, IOE Evaluation Officer.