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(17) Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) 101: Theories and Strategies on How to Work with Clients, Communities and Organizations to Enhance Their Evaluation Knowledge (October 15, 2013: 9am-4pm)

Session Number: 17
Track: Workshops
Session Type: Pre-Conference
Primary Presenter: Michele Tarsilla
Time: Oct 15, 2013 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Room: Dupont

Schedule: Full Day, Tuesday 9-4
Level: Beginner
Speakers: None


To address the existing limitations of the way Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) is understood and implemented in a variety of settings, this workshop will help participants refine their understanding of the main theoretical foundations and assumptions underlying any ECD efforts.

Through the use of case studies and scenario planning, participants in this workshop will develop an intuitive step-by-step process to plan, implement and evaluate ECD more effectively. The workshop also will offer practical strategies on how to enhance the attitudes and practices toward evaluation among your clients, communities and organizations.

You will learn:

  • The commonalities and differences (and operational implications) between Evaluation Capacity Building (ECB) and Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD);
  • The strengths and pitfalls of the most widely used ECB and ECD frameworks in international development;
  • Effective strategies to address the challenges encountered in ECD efforts;
  • How to enhance ECD planning and implementation skills through a new conceptual and operational framework more closely tailored to your project-specific needs and programmatic interests.

Michele Tarsilla has been working on evaluation capacity development (ECD) in 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America for more than 10 years in a variety of sectors (including health, social protection and food security), and working with several governments on the development of evaluation capacity development policies. Program Chair of the International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation Group at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, Tarsilla recently led a global research project on ECD in collaboration with Jim Rugh and Michael Bamberger.

Session 17: ECD 101

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