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1 Developing Evaluation Capacity Jean Langlois, MSc, MBA

2 Outline  Intro  Nature of the work  NGO funding model  Motivating people  Leading questions

3 Introduction  The world according to Jean Langlois…  Challenges in developing evaluation capacity at an ENGO  Nature of the work  NGO funding model  Motivating people

4 Nature of the work - Challenges Advocacy:  Diffuse causality  Causality attribution Direct Conservation:  Measurable vs. Important biases  Durability of outcomes  Defining outcomes and impacts

5 Nature of the work What works:  Invest time in the logframe at the outset  Articulate and track tangible results  Articulate, don’t track, intangibles What’s needed:  Shared comfort with unmeasured intangible benefits

6 Nature of the work - Questions  How do we combat the biases of the measurable vs. the important?  Is it useful to articulate intangible benefits that will not be measured?  For advocacy campaigns, is there a better model than the dotted-line-logframe?

7 NGO funding model - Challenges  Not enough money, ever   Reporting to multiple funders  Multiple evaluation frameworks  Varying degrees of buy-in to rigorous evaluation  Propensity to provide “positive” reports

8 NGO funding model What works:  Invest time in logframe at the outset  Consistent deliverables across grant proposals What’s needed:  Shared expectations  Comfort reporting and learning from failure

9 NGO funding model - Questions  How do we create an environment where people are comfortable sharing and learning from “failure”?

10 Motivating people - Challenges “The effectiveness of our program will be measured by the degree to which the outputs and outcomes identified in the logical framework are achieved.” - NOT Martin Luther King Jr

11 Motivating people - Challenges  “Evaluation is a time drain”  “It’s not my job”  “I’d get more work done if I didn’t have to report on everything I do” - Anonymous Colleagues

12 Motivating people What works:  Adapt the language to the audience  Always relate to mission  Tough love: invest in logframe at the outset What’s needed:  Positive experiences with evaluation  Project-to-project application of lessons learned

13 Motivating people - Questions  How can we create short-term wins (i.e. positive experiences with evaluation)?  How can we design evaluation approaches that produce useful results that are easily applicable to multiple future projects?

14 Leading questions  How do we combat the biases of the measurable vs. the important?  Is it useful to articulate intangible benefits that will not be measured?  For advocacy campaigns, is there a better model than the dotted-line-logframe?  How do we create an environment where people are comfortable sharing and learning from “failure”?  How can we create short-term wins (i.e. positive experiences with evaluation)?  How can we design evaluation approaches that produce useful results that are easily applicable to multiple future projects?

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