CGIAR Evaluators – sharing information and knowledge

Building a strong community of evaluators in CGIAR is an important step to improve the quality and practice of evaluation across the system in an aim to increase learning, advance change, and improve results of programs.  The IEA has been working to engage with evaluators in CGIAR to build a community of practice with the aim of building further capacity, sharing information and knowledge.

The annual meeting for CGIAR evaluation community members was held from 11-13 November 2015.  Bringing together evaluation focal points from across the CRPs and Centers, the meeting will explore the current evaluation framework and plans in relation to the new Strategy and Results Framework (SRF), and in light of the upcoming CRPII.

Sessions explored the implications of the new SRF on accountability and how evaluation can assist in providing evidence of progress and address issues while implementing the new CRP portfolio.  In addition, as many of the CRP would have completed their own CRP commissioned evaluations, community members shared experiences and knowledge, with lessons learned captured for future exercises.

Collaboration with UN food and agriculture agencies on technical seminar: Enhancing the evaluability of Sustainable Development Goal 2
ECOP members were also invited to participate in an event being co-organized by IEA and the evaluation offices of the food and agriculture agencies of UN (World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and IFAD) on enhancing the evaluability of Sustainable Development Goal 2: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.  The event provided an opportunity to critically reflect on the experiences from previous attempts made to monitor and evaluate pgress towards the MDGs. It identified the pitfalls that should be avoided as well as the foundations that have been laid and need to be laid with regards to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) at national and global levels, which may enable the SDGs to be effectively evaluated in the future.