<![CDATA[IOD Parc RSS Feed]]> http://www.iodparc.com 5 <![CDATA[ Vacancy: Principal Consultant - Climate Change]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/36/vacancy_principal_consultant_-_climate_change.html Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Vacancies to find out more and apply.   ]]> <![CDATA[ Vacancy: Principal Consultant - Gender and Social Inclusion]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/35/http://www.iodparc.com/principal_consultant_-_gender_%26_social_inclusion.html Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Vacancies to find out more and download an application pack.    ]]> <![CDATA[ Understanding likelihoods in evaluation]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/34/understanding_likelihoods_in_evaluation.html Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 The Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus is a £3m national research centre hosted by the University of Surrey. The centre brings together a unique coalition of experts to address some of the greatest issues in policy making and evaluation.  Dr. Stuart Astill, Principal Consultant with IOD PARC and Research Associate with the Public Policy Group (PPG) of LSE, is a member of the CECAN core team as a methodological expert, advising on how to work with policymakers and create impact within the policy process.  Additionally he is offering, with the wider IOD PARC team, a practitioner perspective to the work.

One of Stuart's blog posts on the importance of understanding likelihoods in evaluation is available on the CECAN site: www.cecan.ac.uk/blog/likelihoods-by-stuart-astill-iod-parc

Also stemming from his role in CECAN and his work with LSE PPG, Stuart has published in the series about New Economics on Opendemocracy.net about the importance of network analysis.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/neweconomics/why-we-need-network-analysis-to-understand-the-future-of-economics/

 

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<![CDATA[ Growth of solar power in sub-Saharan Africa]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/32/growth_of_solar_power_in_sub-saharan_africa.html Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0100 IOD PARC Senior Consultant Gill Davies was pleased to contribute to a recent article for the Guardian Sustainable Business news site. The article discusses the rapid growth of solar in sub-Saharan Africa.

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<![CDATA[ Research: The Role of Organisational Context in the Monitoring and Evaluation Practices of Sport and Development Organisations]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/31/sport_development_research.html Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Sam Orwig, a social researcher currently working with IOD PARC as a part of the University of Edinburgh's Work-Based Dissertation Scheme, is assembling and cataloguing the monitoring and evaluation methodologies of organisations engaged in the sport and development sector.  Through consultation with a wide variety of organisations, the research aims to draw correlations between organisational context and praxis, as well as to encourage a process of shared learning about 'good practice' based on the testimonials of participating organisations. The findings will be presented in July 2016. For more details, please contact sam@iodparc.com.




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<![CDATA[ Cordaid: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Training for Religious Leaders 2014-2015]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/30/cordaid_sexual_and_reproductive_health_services_training_for_religious_leaders_2014-2015.html Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Catherine Currie, Jo Kaybryn and Naomi Blight recently developed technical training material and a facilitation pack that was piloted and then finalised for the Consortium delivering 'Making Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Work for the Next Generation' in Burundi, Rwanda and DR of Congo.  The final training manual was translated into French.  For more details of Cordaid's programme please visit: https://www.cordaid.org/en/projects/making-srh-services-work-for-next-generation/109187/

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<![CDATA[ Co-authored chapter: Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/29/co-authored_chapter_handbook_on_complexity_and_public_policy.html Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Stuart Astill, Principal Consultant at IOD PARC, has a track record in both practice and academia of understanding and tackling the technical and practical issues of complexity.  His work in this field covers applications in organisations, strategy and public policy. 

Stuart has co-authored, with Professor Paul Cairney, a chapter in the 'Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy', which explores whether new complexity-based theories require new methods to generate evidence.  It also offers some pointers towards the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods for building evidence in all cases, not just those that are diagnosed as complex.

Astill, S., & Cairney, P. (2015). "Complexity theory and political science: Do new theories require new methods?"  In Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy.  Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

The handbook chapter can be accessed at:  http://www.elgaronline.com/view/9781782549512.00016.xml

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<![CDATA[ Evaluation of Country Programme of Cooperation: Government of Uzbekistan and UNICEF]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/28/evaluation_of_country_programme_of_cooperation_government_of_uzbekistan_and_unicef.html Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100

In late 2014, IOD PARC completed an evaluation of the Country Programme of Cooperation (CP) between the Government of Uzbekistan and UNICEF.  The evaluation sought to critically assess the strategies applied so far and identify lessons learnt. The knowledge generated by the evaluation will be used by the Government of Uzbekistan and UNICEF to inform the planning and strategy definition for the new Country Programme 2016-2020.  The report is available here.

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<![CDATA[ ILO Think Piece - Enhancing Value and Use of Evaluations]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/27/ilo_think_piece_-_enhancing_value_and_use_of_evaluations.html Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 After conducting an external Quality Appraisal of the ILO’s independent project evaluation reports conducted from 2012-2013, Judith Friedman and Naomi Blight of IOD PARC were commissioned by the ILO’s Office of Evaluation (EVAL) to produce a Think Piece.  Using findings from the Quality Appraisal, as well as additional data, interviews and a survey, the Think Piece analyses the underlying reasons for the current quality performance and proposes areas to improve evaluation quality through improved guidance, building internal technical capacity and communications to enhance the value and use of evaluations in the ILO.  The full document is available here.   

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<![CDATA[ Environment and Development Economics: Essays in Honour of Sir Partha Dasgupta]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/26/environment_and_development_economics_essays_in_honour_of_sir_partha_dasgupta.html Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Stuart Astill, Principal Consultant at IOD PARC and Research Associate of the Public Policy Group at the LSE reviews the book "Environment and Development Economics: Essays in Honour of Sir Partha Dasgupta", edited by Scott Barrett et al.

See the full review on the LSE Review of Books website.

 

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<![CDATA[ Evaluation of the Afghanistan Sub-National Governance Programme (ASGP) Phase II]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/25/evaluation_of_the_afghanistan_sub-national_governance_programme_(asgp)_phase_ii.html Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000

A team led by Erik Bryld (Tana) and Riccardo Polastro (deputy Team Leader) carried out a results oriented evaluation of UNDP's Afghanistan Sub-national Governance Program on behalf of Sida's Unit for Afghanistan.  ASGP aims to support the local governance policy and reform agenda through their main co-operation partner, the IDLG, as well as provincial and district governor offices, provincial councils and municipalities. UNDP/ASGP together with IDLG, work towards the development of the institutional framework required to maintain sub - national governance system that provides security, economic opportunity and basic government services to its people. The primary focus of ASGP is to empower governors, mayors at the provincial and district level as well as Provincial Councils to oversee and coordinate all provincial and district governance, public, administration reform and donor activities in the province or district.

 

The overall purpose of the evaluation was to assess if UNDP/ASGP had fulfilled goals and expected results. The evaluation consists of a desk study to compile and critically analyse findings and recommendations from already existing evaluations, field visit to the provinces for primary data collection, and  a final report focusing on the assessment of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and how the rights based perspective is implemented by the UNDP/ASGP.

 

This report presents the findings of the evaluation of the Afghanistan Sub-national Governance Programme (ASGP) phase II. The team found the programme to be well aligned with Government of Afghanistan and Sida priorities. However, the relevance of the programme to the current political and legal context and the assumptions underpinning the theory of change could not be confirmed.

 

The programme outputs will thus not be able to substantially contribute to the overall programme objective. The ASGP II has been able to deliver an extensive number of specific activities and outputs, but with limited contribution to the programme objective. The challenges to contextual relevance combined with the limited effectiveness means that the programme has not been in a position to produce tangible evidence of impact. Based on the findings the team recommends that the three key stakeholders: Sida, UNDP and the Government of Afghanistan reconsider their approach to sub-national governance in Afghanistan and substantially redesign the ASGP. 

 

You can find the report here

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<![CDATA[ Evaluating Humanitarian Action in Real Time: Recent Practices, Challenges, and Innovations]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/24/evaluating_humanitarian_action_in_real_time_recent_practices%2C_challenges%2C_and_innovations.html Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 IOD PARC’s Riccardo Polastro has published an article in the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.  He wrote the article entitled Evaluating Humanitarian Action in Real Time: Recent Practices, Challenges, and Innovations after presenting on his work in Real Time Evaluations (RTEs) at the European Evaluation Society in Helsinki, and at the first ALNAP skills development workshop in Washington DC.

This article (a) defines RTEs and situates them in the wider evaluation landscape; (b) examines RTEs’ use and users; (c) focuses on current methodological approaches; (d) looks into challenges, opportunities, and limitations that condition uptake; and (e) draws lessons and recommendations.

You can find the article here

Our colleagues in IOD PARC Australasia wrote a blog on Riccardo Polastro's most recent experience of discussing the strengths and weaknesses, along with the practical and theoretical roots of Real Time Evaluation with members of the Australian Evaluation Society. To read more click here: here

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<![CDATA[ IOD PARC supporting bio-fuel cook stove project in Naivasha, Kenya]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/23/iod_parc_supporting_bio-fuel_cook_stove_project_in_naivasha%2C_kenya.html Fri, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100

As part of our commitment to monitoring and offsetting our carbon emissions, IOD PARC have decided to use its ‘in- house carbon fund’ to support a community based organisation in Naivasha, Kenya to pilot a bio-fuel cook stove with households. Kwa-Muhia Environmental Group is  carrying out a trial of biofuel cook stoves with a view of starting a social enterprise to support their wider work if this pilot is successful. Set up in response to a major waste management problem within the village, Kwa-Muhia have been successful in cleaning up the local environment and their approach is becoming a model for other sites around Lake Naivasha.

 

Over the coming months, the trial which started in April 2014 with a 'conference' of participating households will continue to explore the technical issues and monitor, with the participants, the acceptability of the bio-fuel stoves.  IOD PARC worked with the team in Naivasha to help produce an approach to monitoring that would be simple and robust and allow the pilot to produce results that would support, if appropriate, scale up of the stove.  At the end of the trial the material will be published.

 

Click here to see a video of the project.

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<![CDATA[ Joint Evaluation of Joint Gender Programmes in the United Nations System]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/21/joint_evaluation_of_joint_gender_programmes_in_the_united_nations_system.html Thu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 In 2013 IOD PARC completed the global Joint Evaluation of Joint Gender Programmes in the UN System, on behalf of seven international partners - UN Women, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and the MDG-Fund, and the Governments of Norway and Spain.

The evaluation found that, whilst Joint UN Gender Programmes remain an integral part of the development co-operation landscape, the first tranche of such programmes have proven a steep learning curve for all involved.  Ambitious in their intent, many underinvested in design, and struggled with co-ordinated implementation. They have delivered results which do not yet, in aggregate, form ‘more than the sum of the parts’.

Some individually strong results have been delivered; and the potential added value of the modality is clear. However, taking forward the lessons learned and sustaining the value addition will require stronger efforts from the UN system, if joint gender programmes are to deliver fully on their promise and potential, and maximise their integral role in the ‘road to gender equality results’.  

The Evaluation can be found here

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<![CDATA[ Independent Evaluation of Australian Electoral Assistance in Papua New Guinea 2000-2012]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/20/independent_evaluation_of_australian_electoral_assistance_in_papua_new_guinea_2000-2012.html Mon, 12 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 IOD PARC recently led an evaluation of long-term Australian support for electoral processes in Papua New Guinea. The team comprised Simon Henderson (IOD PARC Director) and Horacio Boneo (Independent Elections Expert).  The report highlights that national elections in Papua New Guinea have been getting increasingly expensive, with a cost per voter in 2012 comparable with the most expensive elections in the world (including Afghanistan).  At the same time, there has not been an equivalent increase in the quality of elections.  

The report is critical of the long-term capacity building support provided by Australia to the PNG Electoral Commission, which focused on corporate systems and structure, while neglecting more pressing concerns of organisational culture, leadership, strategy and the broader incentives affecting staff motivation.  

The report makes important recommendations regarding: aligning support with the electoral cycle; coordinating aid and diplomatic activities; and managing the moral hazard risks associated with large-scale, last minute assistance. 

The management response can be found here.

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<![CDATA[ WFP Gender Policy: A Policy Evaluation ]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/19/wfp_gender_policy_a_policy_evaluation_.html Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ‘This Time Around?  IOD PARC recently completed an evaluation of the World Food Programme’s 2009 Gender Policy. The Evaluation assesses: i) the quality of the policy; ii) its results; and iii) the factors explaining the results. It asks whether this time around’ will prove a step-change for WFP in intensifying its efforts on gender in food security and nutrition.

The study touched more than 60 countries worldwide, including field studies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and of the Syria Regional Emergency Programme. In response, WFP has committed to renewing its Gender Policy; to integrating gender into its country strategies, operational plans and programme cycle; and to taking immediate action to augment its technical capacity for gender issues.

The Evaluation, Summary Executive Report and Management Response can be found here

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<![CDATA[ Evaluation of the Impact of Food for Assets on Livelihood Resilience in Nepal (2002 – 2010)]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/18/evaluation_of_the_impact_of_food_for_assets_on_livelihood_resilience_in_nepal_(2002_%E2%80%93_2010).html Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000  IOD PARC, in partnership with Rupantaran Nepal, undertook an evaluation of the Impact of Food for Assets on Livelihood Resilience in Nepal. It was one of five evaluations in an impact evaluation series addressing WFP’s work on food for assets commissioned by the WFP Office of Evaluation. 

 The evaluation emphasized learning by identifying lessons for enhancing the impacts on resilience and aligning food-for-assets programming with WFP's recently adopted 2011 Food for Assets Guidance Manual and Disaster Risk Reduction Policy. The evaluation covered the food/cash for assets component of WFP Nepal Country Programme (2002 - 2007) and the Protracted Relief and Recovery Programme (2007 - 2010). It used a mixed method approach that included reanalysis of an existing household survey, plus new data from asset assessments, focus groups, and interviews.

 You can access the Impact Evaluation by clicking here

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<![CDATA[ IOD PARC's Vijay Shrestha presented with the University of Wolverhampton’s Alumnus of the Year: Contribution to Society Award]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/17/iod_parcs_vijay_shrestha_presented_with_the_university_of_wolverhampton%E2%80%99s_alumnus_of_the_year_contribution_to_society_award.html Thu, 25 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100

Vijay Shrestha, IOD PARC staff member based in Kathmandu, Nepal, was presented with the University of Wolverhampton’s Alumnus of the Year: Contribution to Society Award as part of the University’s Business Achievement Awards 2013 at the Molineux Stadium in June.  The award is presented to a graduate who has made a significant contribution to or transformed the lives of others. 

Vijay was selected for the award for the significant contributions he has made to the development of his home country, Nepal - often cited as one of the poorest countries in the world.  After graduating from the University of Wolverhampton, he worked with the University of Wolverhampton’s Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) as Programme Manager for the Department for International Development (DFID) funded Livelihoods and Forestry Programme (LFP) in Nepal.  For the past ten years, he has led a team of over 130 staff in Nepal during times of national insecurity and political unrest.  This ten year development programme has successfully generated employment for over 2.8 million working days annually (of whom 85% were poor or excluded people) and has helped lift over 1.3 million people out of poverty in Nepal

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<![CDATA[ IOD PARC's Vijay Shrestha presented with a plaque recognising his work in the DFID-funded Livelihoods and Forestry Programme]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/16/iod_parcs_vijay_shrestha_presented_with_plaque_by_the_uk_department_for_international_development.html Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100

The UK Department for International Development presented Vijay Shrestha, IOD PARC staff member based in Kathmandu, Nepal, with a plaque recognising his work as the Programme Manager for the successful Livelihoods and Forestry Programme on Friday 12th April. The programme ran from 2001 and built on the success of the UK's earlier engagement in the Nepal forest sector.  This presentation formed part of the celebrations of the 30 years of work done by the Centre for International Development and Training (University of Wolverhampton).

 The plaque recorded the following:

On 12 April 2013, we have gathered to show our appreciation to; 

VIJAYA NARAYAN SHRESTHA 

for his 25 years of work with the UK Department for International Development and his outstanding contributions to improve the lives of the poor and excluded through Forestry Sector Development in Nepal. 

We especially thank Vijaya for his leadership of the highly successful Nepal-UK Community Forestry Programme and Livelihoods and Forestry Programme. You have set the standard for excellence, dedication, and leadership. 

The success of Nepal’s Community Forestry Sector, recognised globally, owes much to you. You have inspired and mentored many, ensuring the next generation of community forestry leaders are ready to take up the challenges ahead.

Your contributions and successes will continue to inspire all of us.

On behalf of the management and staff at DFID Nepal, past and present, we wish you all the best in your future.

Dominic O'Neill

Head of DFID Nepal

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<![CDATA[ IOD PARC support the launch of Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID)]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/15/iod_parc_support_the_launch_of_sheffield_institute_for_international_development_(siid).html Tue, 07 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100

Photograph by Craig Fleming 

IOD PARC company director Sheelagh O’Reilly joined a panel of leading practitioners, academics and campaigners at a public debate on the intersection of human rights, activism and international development at the launch of the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) on 24th April at Sheffield City Hall.

The panel included Yasmin Hussein (Amnesty International Programme Director for International Advocacy), Professor Gordon Crawford (University of Leeds), Ben Rawlence (formerly of Human Rights Watch, Africa Division) and was chaired by Professor Uma Kothari of the University of Manchester. The discussion was lively and engaging, with topics ranging from the practicality of universal human rights, whether aid and development funding should be stopped to countries who breached human rights conventions, and the impact of social technologies on the practice of human rights activism and advocacy.

Sheelagh said:

“The launch of SIID provides an excellent opportunity to combine the development of theoretical understanding of the complex area that is global development with a truly grounded framework for implementation.  This is important as the combination of theory and practice can provide formidable evidence to support work to enable all humans to be able to lead dignified lives where basic rights of life, liberty and subsistence form the common ground of activism.   Within an increasingly connected world the issues of land rights, food rights and water availability for human and non-humans need to be addressed actively to ensure that the basic building blocks of a dignified life remain at the forefront of processes to facilitate an equitable and sustainable future for the planet.”  

The launch event had earlier seen Clare Short, former Secretary of State for International Development, take the stage to deliver a powerful speech, setting out her take on the context the new Institute is will be working within. The former Labour MP, who quit Tony Blair’s Government over the Iraq war, was guest of honour and urged the new institute to tackle the challenges of climate change, last stage capitalism and international social justice in a time of great geo-political upheaval across the globe. You can watch a participant filmed video of that speech here.

The Institute, which counts IOD PARC Director Mark Keen as an advisory board member, will be a flagship research centre that will work in collaboration with institutions, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and partners from across the globe.

Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield Sir Keith Burnett said:

“The Institute plays a vital role by providing a broad understanding of international development among researchers and opinion makers, as well as to business leaders and the members of the public. Building on the academic skills that already exist within the University of Sheffield, the Institute for International Development will strengthen those skills further by recruiting internationally prominent guest researchers and establishing international research and education collaborations – an approach which will help us target our efforts in ways that really make a difference.

“The Sheffield Institute for International Development will also help to address a number of pressing international policy issues. The vision of the Institute is to become a leading International Centre of Excellence that attracts researchers from around the world and from a range of disciplines. These new ideas and networks will also benefit our research and teaching and provoke real change in the world.”

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<![CDATA[ Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation: The Paris Declaration Evaluation]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/14/canadian_journal_of_program_evaluation_%E2%80%93_the_paris_declaration_evaluation_volume.html Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100 IOD PARC staff member Julia Betts, in collaboration with Team Leader Bernard Wood, has jointly authored two articles in a Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation dedicated to the Paris Declaration Evaluation.

 The first article, entitled The Paris Declaration Evaluation Process and Methods, describes the design, methodology and implementation of the Evaluation, when confronted with the challenge of assessing the effects of a policy compact between nations, and linking development results to the implementation of a broad reform agenda. It provides some lessons learned for complex transnational studies.

The second article, entitled Results of the Paris Declaration Evaluation, summarises the results of the Evaluation in terms of the relevance and implementation of the Declaration, its contributions to aid effectiveness and development results, the changing burdens of aid management, the added value of Paris Declaration-style development cooperation, and key implications for future aid effectiveness reforms.  The conclusions and recommendations of the synthesis report are presented.

 The journal can be found at:  http://evaluationcanada.ca/site.cgi?s=4&ss=21&_lang=en&volume=2012//3

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<![CDATA[ 'Climate Justice: What is it?' Seminar]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/13/climate_justice_what_is_it%3F_seminar.html Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000
The seminar was hosted by the University of Aberdeen Centre for Sustainable International Development.  Presentations and a recording of the seminar can be found at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sustainable-international-development/events/1980/ ]]>
<![CDATA[ Meta Evaluation of Mine Action and Development]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/12/meta_evaluation_of_mine_action_and_development.html Fri, 19 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 report published online.  ]]> <![CDATA[ American Evaluation Association's award for the Outstanding Evaluation of 2012]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/11/american_evaluation_associations_award_for_the_outstanding_evaluation_of_2012.html Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness was endorsed in 2005 by over 150 countries and organisations. The Declaration was considered a landmark international agreement and the culmination of several decades of attempts to improve the quality of aid and its impact on development. It laid out a roadmap of 56 practical commitments. In 2008, the principles were reaffirmed and the Accra Agenda for Action added.

The Phase II evaluation of The Paris Declaration was the largest evaluation of international aid ever conducted. It involved more than 50 studies in 21 partner countries and across 18 donor agencies, a journey of more than a year, which led up to the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, in November 2011. The evaluation – which was trilingual – was managed by IOD PARC, who provided the Core International Team and project management function; designed the methodology; supported the production of the independent country and donor studies; and produced the final Synthesis report.

The Evaluation has won the American Evaluation Association’s award for the Outstanding Evaluation of 2012.  For more details please see: http://www.eval.org/aea12.awards.press.release.doc

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<![CDATA[ Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (Malawi-REAP)]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/10/malawi-reap2.html Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0100 The Scottish Government commissioned a Scoping Study on Supporting Community Energy Development in Malawi in 2011 by IOD PARC and the University of Strathclyde. The outcomes of that study pointed to a set of projects that the Scottish Government might support as a programme.

Those recommendations have been taken forward in the form of the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP).  MREAP is managed by the University of Strathclyde, has seven main partners (including IOD PARC), is governed by a Programme Steering Group (co-chaired by the Government of Malawi Department of Energy Affairs and the University of Strathclyde) and is funded to the sum of £1.7m.  MREAP runs from January 2012 – March 2014.

IOD PARC is leading the Institutional Support Programme for Malawi-REAP, and as part of this we are doing the following;
  • Comparative evaluation of off-grid energy management interventions and identifying which are the most effective approaches overall, taking into account context, technical performance, cost effectiveness and social outcomes. Completed in May 2012.
  • Establishment of an inventory of off-grid installations and develop an M&E strategy in conjunction with RenewN’Able and WASHTed (Consulting arm of the Polytechnic in Blantyre, Malawi). Completed in May 2012.
  • Support to renewable energy and climate change policy development and enhanced participation in international climate change mechanisms. Ongoing.
  • Development of a monitoring and learning plan for MREAP including specific outputs on gender and vulnerable groups. Ongoing.

A draft version of the Evaluation of Off-grid Community Managed Renewable Energy Projects in Malawi by IOD PARC was released in time for Rio +20. Included in this draft are also a set of twelve case studies undertaken as part of the evaluation. All of these documents and more are information is available from the MREAP site on the University of Strathclyde’s Website.

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<![CDATA[ Symposium on Climate Change and Political Violence]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/8/symposium_on_climate_change_and_political_violence.html Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Symposium on Climate Change and Political Violence was held at Edinburgh University with the support of IOD PARC and the University of Zurich.

This symposium explored how contested political contexts and environmental change collide. The Arab Spring has marked 2011 as a year of political transition. The events in the Middle East seem to reflect a new era of popular demand for democracy and rejection of entrenched authoritarian leaders. The sub-text to much of the political unrest, however, is the stark inequalities in income, access to opportunities, and the distribution of wealth from natural resources such as oil, gold, diamonds and other minerals, forests and agriculture. Such inequalities have significant implications not only for the ability of these societies to build lasting political stability, but also for creating positive responses to environmental and climatic change. From the torching of oil wells, to the shifts in access to common pool resources such as water and grazing land, violent political change has significant implications for ecosystems and the livelihoods of ordinary people. The inability to access resources and create resilient livelihoods, (along with a desire for less state repression), underpins many demands for greater political freedoms. Conversely, some insurgencies have unintentionally promoted the regeneration of forests, fisheries and other resources due to the threat of violence for people attempting to access such resources. 

Political change thus re-shapes the resources of states in profound, but often unpredictable ways, yet such changes remain on the periphery of analyses of contested politics. This symposium brought together scholars, development professionals and policy makers concerned about environment and development to debate the potential of contested political contexts to address and support efforts to mitigate and adapt to environmental changes, whether it be those caused by climate change, pollution from industrial extraction, or socio-ecological changes produced through agriculture, forestry and other livelihood strategies. The engagement of the international development community into ‘fragile’ states can be an important element in the shaping of post-conflict institutional and organisational development, but equally poses challenges for effective monitoring of the changes that the ‘aid’ community are promoting and the global politics associated with that. 

The questions addressed in this one-day intensive symposium included: 
  1. How do contentious politics transform the basic conditions of social existence through disruptions in property rights, access to and control over resources and changes in local social relations? 
  2. How do such shifts in resources and social existence offer opportunities and challenges for building stable post-conflict politics? 
  3. What are the consequences for post-conflict politics and development when ‘aid’ agencies promote particular solutions to environmental challenges (i.e. participatory governance, or payments for Ecosystem Services)? 

Organisers: Dr. Andrea Nightingale, Professor Tim Hayward, Dr. Liz Grant, Mr. Jake Broadhurst, Dr. Sheelagh O’Reilly (IOD PARC)

Keynote speaker: Professor Nancy Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management , University of California Berkeley

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<![CDATA[ Trade Advocacy Fund Management, DFID]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/7/trade_advocacy_fund_management_dfid.html Tue, 06 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Trade Advocacy Trust Fund (TAF) for the Department for International Development (DFID). 

This fund focuses on providing support to developing countries to defend their interests and advocate for change within the global trading system. TAF support will be available over the next four years to governments from the Least Developed Countries, Low Income Countries and the Regional Economic Communities and aims to develop their capacity to participate more effectively in trade negotiations and resolve trade disputes. 

TAF will support this outcome by providing access to high quality analysis and advice; training and development for negotiators; and resources to sustain their participation in trade negotiations. This will be achieved by contracting the services of third party service providers. Services will be of a specialised nature and high quality will be paramount. Service providers will be registered, according to their qualifications, on the TAF Service Provider Database. Only registered service providers (firms, organisations and individuals) will be eligible to participate under TAF's procurement opportunities. 

TAF is currently recruiting in the following areas: 
  • Individual Consultants and Consultancy Firms interested in providing Trade Related Services under TAF. Consultancy Firms are expected to include law firms, training institutes, universities, think tanks, and other for-profit or not-for-profit organisations with relevant capability to undertake fee-for-service contracts on behalf of TAF. 
  • Individual Consultants to provide Coaching Support to grant applicants. These types of interventions will focus on working with TAF applicants to review/develop trade negotiations management and capacity building strategies and, if appropriate, identifying and articulating short and longer-term needs for technical, legal and logistical support through TAF and other capacity building modalities. TAF Coaching Support will be of short term duration, typically a maximum duration of 3-6 weeks, including potential field work. 

More details of the Fund and how it can be accessed are provided on the DFID website.

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<![CDATA[ Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (Malawi-REAP)]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/6/malawi-reap.html Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Following the Scottish Government's recent Press Release, IOD PARC are very pleased to announce that we are now working with the University of Strathclyde on the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme. 

We would like to offer you a short summary of what this programme will entail.


Objective: 
Support Government of Malawi energy strategy by accelerating the growth of community and renewable energy development in Malawi through multiple, targeted and coordinated activities with good potential to provide a platform for that growth. 

Summary: 
The programme will include aspects of renewable energy development, community energy development, biomass strategy, rural electrification and underpinning institutional support and capacity building. These multiple sector development activities are organised as a coordinated single programme addressing the stated objective. 

A key focus of the programme will be the link between community energy and MDG progress. Specifically, the support mechanisms to empower disadvantaged Malawian communities to participate in addressing their own energy needs via sustainable energy solutions that deliver community wide development benefits, and also the systems and processes to monitor and evaluate the impact of these energy solutions with respect to the Malawian Growth and Development Strategy. 

The proposed programme has four main elements: 

1. Institutional Support Programme (lead partner IOD PARC
  • Undertake a comparative evaluation of off-grid energy management interventions and identify which are the most effective approaches overall, taking into account context, technical performance, cost effectiveness and social outcomes. 
  • Establish an inventory of off-grid installations and develop an M&E strategy in conjunction with the Community Energy Development Programme. 
  • Support renewable energy and climate change policy development and enhanced participation in international climate change mechanisms 

2. Community Energy Development Programme (lead partner Community Energy Scotland
  • Deliver a sustainable legacy of support mechanisms for community renewable energy in Malawi through the creation of a community energy support toolkit, support network and delivery organisation. 
  • Delivery of strategic community energy projects in different renewable energy technologies 
  • Establish an administered grant and loan facility for further community energy project development 
  • Implement M&E systems and processes and links to the national inventory 

3. Wind Energy Preparation Programme (lead partner Sgurr Energy
  • Initial feasibility study and capacity building with GoM Department of Energy Affairs regarding grid connected wind but with a consideration of the wider community benefits available from wind energy. 
  • Data collection at specific sites utilising 50-70m energy yield masts 
  • Detailed feasibility study for selected sites with specific focus on outlining further development process, best practice and recommendations for further work and studies 
  • Full ‘bankable’ level energy yield assessment and site classification for each selected site with a report suitable for presentation to potential investors/donors 

4. Renewable Energy Capacity Building Programme (lead partner UoM WASHted
  • Develop existing and new Malawi based Technician and Degree qualifications in renewable energy at both Mzuzu University and University of Malawi Polytechnic to improve the technical support capacity available to the community energy development programme 
  • Develop increased Malawian research capability and capacity for local postgraduate teaching with a focus on PhD study for Malawian academics linked to appropriate community energy projects 
  • Set up and support an energy entrepreneurship fund to attract graduates and others in the energy domain to undertake more risky business start up activity with a focus on technological innovation and community development in renewable energy 
  • Improve capability for monitoring and managing remote renewable energy installations initially focussing on supporting the community energy development programme
Further details are available on the MREAP website.
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<![CDATA[ Learning to make space for qualitative indicators]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/4/qualitative_indicators.html Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0100 here. ]]> <![CDATA[ Welcome to IOD PARC]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/1/welcome_IOD_PARC.html Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Welcome to ‘IOD PARC’!  After a lot of discussion, planning and effort we are pleased to present our new ‘brand’ and look.  The primary purpose of the rebranding has been to reflect that IOD and PARC have always been one organisation focusing on improving performance in International Development yet doing so by drawing from our roots in both Organisation Development and Monitoring and Evaluation.   We have also ‘grown’ both in size and in organisational maturity and we want to illustrate this in how we present ourselves and reaffirm our commitment to services based on good professional relationships and sound technical knowledge and expertise.

Please let us know what you think or if you’d like to know more…

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<![CDATA[ Ethics and Evaluation]]> http://www.iodparc.com/news/2/ethics_note.html Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Few of us involved in the practice of development evaluation have had the opportunity to study ethics. Indeed, the word "ethics" can sometimes invoke a Pandora's box of issues that threaten to further complicate the already complex business of determing impact.

But evaluators are, by nature, involved in a moral pursuit.  
Development ultimately derives it's legitimacy from action, not talk.  
So it stands to reason that bringing about more and better impact - the main occupation of evaluation - is ethical. Right?

This reasoning has seemed good enough for most evaluation up until now. After all, there seem to be limited opportunities for causing much ethical damage with key informant interviews and aggregating management numbers. In recent times, however, the quest for evidence has taken a different turn. Several significant actors in development evaluation are looking more and more at the type of evidence generated by clinical-style randomised evaluations.

Control trials change the ethical game. Suddenly there are claims of serious unethical consequences from the process of evaluation. Pitted against this is the claim that these randomised approaches will result in more money reaching more people in more beneficial ways. Few of us are well equipped to grapple with this conundrum.

We wanted to understand the issue of ethics in randomisation better, not so that we could decide which side of the debate is right, but to get a feeling for whether real life development organsiations have the capability to handle these new demands.

To achieve this we had to start by building an analytical framework that would let us to understand how ethics and evaluation interact in development organisations. This framework turned out to be a useful tool for demystifying different organisational cultures around ethics in evaluation.

We present this framework in our first learning product on the issue of ethics in evaluation. A forthcoming complementary piece will then look deeper at what we found when we used this framework to look at two major users of development evaluation.

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