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Demistyfing equity-focused evaluations [EFE] Marco Segone, UNICEF Evaluation Office Anne-Claire Luzot, M&E Regional Advisor, UNICEF CEECIS EO is developing.

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1 Demistyfing equity-focused evaluations [EFE] Marco Segone, UNICEF Evaluation Office Anne-Claire Luzot, M&E Regional Advisor, UNICEF CEECIS EO is developing a resource package on EFE. This presentation is therefore a work in progress

2 Outline 1.What does Equity mean? 2.Why does Equity matter? 3.What is an equity-focused evaluation? 4.How to manage an Equity-focused evaluation?

3 What does equity means?

4 Defining Equity Equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop, and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism The disparities between population groups that are not driven by biology, are avoidable and unfair are termed inequities. Equity is therefore based on notions of fairness and social justice

5 All rights for all children everywhere, by prioritizing the most deprived Graph 1: % of children (7-14 years old) out of school, by race/ethnicity 2000 Baseline and goals for national average, black and white children 2010 Goal: reduce by 50% the national average and the equity ratio between black and white children 5.5 2.8 3.8 2.2 6.9 3.1 20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010 Equity Ratio : 1,8 Equity ratio: 1,4 Black children White children National average

6 Drivers: Income Source: DHS data. From NAGA pg. 27 UNICEF

7 Drivers: locations District level Data - Nyanza Province UNICEF

8 Drivers: education UNICEF

9 Drivers: Gender The majority of out-of-school children continue to be girls (53%); achieving gender parity would mean 3.6 million more girls in primary school

10 Drivers: Disabilities 90% of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school

11 Multiple Dimensions: Who is not learning? Disparity in learning

12 How is equity different from or similar to the Human Rights Based Approach and CRC? UNICEF’s foundation strategy of a human rights based approach underpins the equity agenda. Equity cannot be effectively pursued outside of a human rights framework, while human rights cannot be realised while inequity persists. Reaching the marginalized and excluded has always been integral to UNICEF’s work (Progress for Children 2010). We are doing it. But are we doing it sufficiently and everywhere? 12

13 Why does equity matter?

14 Why equity Equity has a significant positive impact in reducing poverty Poverty is very sensitive to income distribution changes, and small improvements in income distribution can have an important positive effect in reducing poverty. Equity has a positive impact on economic growth Equity and economic growth rates are directly related, with higher equity having a positive impact not only on poverty reduction but also on economic growth itself. Higher equity can therefore benefit the poor in two ways: by increasing the overall growth rate and average income, and by letting them share in that growth, since growth with less inequity benefits the poor more.

15 Why equity Equity has a positive impact in the construction of a socially fair and democratic society Unequal opportunities of social groups in society is often a significant factor behind social unrest, which may lead to crime or even violent conflict, with negative effects for the social cohesion of a society. Prolonged inequity may lead to the “naturalization” of inequity The long “stability” of inequity in several countries makes it something “natural”. When inequity is perceived as a natural phenomenon, society develops theoretical, political and ideological resistances to identify and fight inequity as a priority in public policies. Inequity constitutes a violation of human rights and hampers the equitable achievements on Human Development and MDGs

16 What is an equity-focused evaluation?

17 A judgment made of the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of interventions on equitable development results.

18 Purposes of equity-focused evaluation  Accountability  Organizational learning and improvement  Evidence-based policy advocacy  Contribute to Knowledge Management  National Capacity development for equity- focused M&E systems  Empowerment of worst-off groups

19 Empowering worst-off groups, including children, through Equity-focused evaluation processes Involve worst-off groups: –To ensure relevance, effectiveness, ownership of evaluation –Focus on Evaluation process use to empower worst-off groups through the evaluation process –Including children Understanding the cultural, political economic and social context that influence inequity, including perception of, and attitudes to, equity

20 Why are equity-focused evaluation required? Because “conventional” evaluations have some potential limitations in evaluating equity- focused interventions: –going beyond conventional quantitative data to analyze behavioral change, complex social processes and attitudes, and collecting information on difficult-to-reach socially marginalized groups. –In addition, conventional evaluation are often weak on process and contextual analysis.

21 Is equity-focused evaluation a completely new approach? No. While some new analytical tools are introduced, most of the EFE data collection and analysis techniques are built on existing approaches The emphasis is on refining and refocusing existing technics – and enhancing national capacities to use those technics

22 HOW to manage Equity-focused evaluations?

23 Key Steps 1. Preparing for the EFE 1 2. Preparing the ToR of an EFE 3. Designing the evaluation 4. Collecting/ analysing evidence 43 2 5. Findings, conclusion and reccs 65 6. Utilizing the evaluation MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS

24 Key Steps 1 43 265 MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS 1. Preparing for the EFE

25 . Preparing for the Equity-focused evaluation Determining the evaluability of the intervention’s equity dimensions Identifying evaluation stakeholders, including worst-off Identifying intended use by intended users Identifying potential challenges in promoting and implementing Equity-focused evaluations

26 Key Steps 1 43 265 1. Preparing for the EFE 2. Preparing the ToR of an EFE

27 Preparing the ToR of an EFE Defining the scope and purpose of the evaluation Framing evaluation questions focusing on equity Selecting technically-strong and culturally-sensitive evaluation team Ensuring appropriate budget

28 Framing evaluation questions focusing on equity DAC criteria adapted for EFE Relevance Impact Effectiveness Efficiency Sustainability

29 Key Steps 1 43 265 1. Preparing for the EFE 2. Preparing the ToR of an EFE 3. Designing the evaluation

30 Designing the evaluation Selecting the appropriate evaluation framework –Theory of Change –Bottleneck analysis

31 Bottleneck supply and demand framework: factors affecting use of services by vulnerable populations 31 Use of services by vulnerable population Supply side factors Coverage Budgets and available resources Culturally acceptable services Culturally sensitive staff Demand side factors Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice of vulnerable groups Community ownership factors affecting access distance cost of travel and fees available transport cultural constraints time poverty Contextual factors Economic Political Institutional Legal and administrative Environmental

32 Designing the evaluation Selecting the appropriate evaluation framework Selecting the appropriate evaluation design

33 Selecting the appropriate evaluation design and tools Use of services by vulnerable population Supply side factors Coverage Budgets and available resources Culturally acceptable services Culturally sensitive staff Demand side factors Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice of vulnerable groups Community ownership factors affecting access distance cost of travel and fees available transport cultural constraints time poverty Contextual factors Economic Political Institutional Legal and administrative Environmental Mix-Methods

34 Designing the evaluation Selecting the appropriate evaluation framework Selecting the appropriate evaluation design Selecting the appropriate evaluation methods

35 Key Steps 1. Preparing for the EFE 1 2. Preparing the ToR of an EFE 3. Designing the evaluation 4. Collecting/ analysing evidence 43 265 MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS

36 Selecting the appropriate evaluation methods

37 Approaches to be used to evaluate complex equity-focused policies and programmes Systems approach to evaluation Unpacking complex policies into components that can more easily be evaluated Pipeline designs Policy gap analysis Using other countries or sectors as the comparison group Concept mapping Portfolio analysis

38 Key Steps 1. Preparing for the EFE 1 2. Preparing the ToR of an EFE 3. Designing the evaluation 4. Collecting/ analysing evidence 43 2 5. Findings, conclusion and reccs 65 MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS

39 Key Steps 1. Preparing for the EFE 1 2. Preparing the ToR of an EFE 3. Designing the evaluation 4. Collecting/ analysing evidence 43 2 5. Findings, conclusion and reccs 65 6. Utilizing the evaluation MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS * MANAGE RISKS

40 Utilizing the evaluation Preparing the evaluation report and alternative forms of reporting Disseminating the evaluation and preparing a Management Response

41 Do you want more?

42 Visit MyM&E

43 Remember This is NOT what I was expecting!!!!! Invest time/energy in designing a good quality ToR with all main intended users, and make sure consultants understand it and are comfortable with it Whose fault is it?

44 Thank you

45 . Group work Identifying potential challenges in promoting and implementing Equity-focused evaluations Identify possible way to address the challenges What support would you need?


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