The Government of India and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, are co-organizing a learning event to discuss findings of a recent impact evaluation of IFAD-funded Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh Tribal Development Programme (JCTDP). The event will take place on 11 June 2015 in New Delhi. An inception workshop on the forthcoming country programme evaluation (CPE) will take place on the same day.
The learning event will include a presentation of results and recommendations from the evaluation, as well as sharing the methodology, challenges and lessons learned in applying rigorous quantitative methods to evaluate the impact of IFAD-funded rural development operations.
In the afternoon, the inception workshop for the CPE will facilitate an exchange of information and produce key evaluative questions from participants. It will be an opportunity to confirm the objectives, methodology, process and proposed time line of the CPE. The evaluation is set to take place this year and be released in 2016.
Both events will be attended by representatives from ministries, governmental departments, development organizations, think tanks, foundations and representatives from IFAD's Independent Office of Evaluation, Programme Management Department and project staff. It will be chaired by the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Finance of India. The Secretary of the Welfare Department of Jharkhand and the Secretary of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs of Chhattisgarh will also be invited to deliver introductory remarks for the learning event on the impact evaluation.
Media Advisory No: IFAD/03/2015
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