During the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA’s) annual conference, monitoring, evaluation, learning, and research experts convene to explore the latest practices, methods, and findings defining their field. At Evaluation 2016, attendees are discussing evaluation through the lens of design — from data visualization to systematic approaches to designing programs. To contribute to the intersection between evaluation and design, Chemonics is leading three presentations at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia, from October 24 to 29.
The #Eval16 agenda highlights program, evaluation, and information design, raising questions like: How can evaluation be built into a program from the start? Can we learn to design evaluations that are faster, cheaper, and better? Have evaluation reports become obsolete? Chemonics looks forward to sharing experiences from our projects in the Ukraine, Armenia, and Mexico.
Our poster presentation, led by Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Olena Trush, features USAID’s Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Ukraine project. On Wednesday, October 26, from 7 to 9 p.m., our presentation (Poster 124) showcases how incorporating multiple evaluation points in the program design helped us gather relevant data on tuberculosis outpatient care.
On Friday, October 28, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Capacity Development Team Leader Hasmik Ghukasyan facilitates a roundtable presentation in Room L502 on how evaluation capacity works hand-in-hand with policy reform. With USAID’s Pension Reform Implementation Program in Armenia serving as a springboard for discussion, Ms. Ghukasyan explores how to design a framework for evaluation within policy reform efforts.
Our expert lecture, which takes place from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Friday, October 28 in Room L403, highlights USAID’s Juntos Para la Prevención de la Violencia (Together for Violence Prevention) project in Mexico, which developed a scale to evaluate crime and violence prevention evidence. Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Ursula Quijano shares how this scale not only strengthens evidence-informed policymaking, but also adapts to developing countries’ contexts.
Chemonics is excited to join AEA members in these engaging discussions that integrate design, monitoring, and evaluation.
“We are particularly pleased to have three of our outstanding monitoring and evaluation specialists from our projects around the globe share their processes and findings at the premier U.S. evaluation conference,” said Peggy Ochandarena, director of Chemonics’ Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Department. “We’re looking forward to both learning from and contributing to the body of knowledge on international development interventions.”