The EvalPartners Innovation Challenge projects focus on innovative approaches to strengthening an enabling environment for evaluation – one of the pillars of the EvalAgenda.
EvalPartners defines innovation challenge as a process that:
- Develops a product, process or service that yields new pathways to enhance an enabling environment for evaluation
- Imaginatively reframes or recombines different points of view and different existing elements for sufficient action or impact
- Shows potential for implementation and replication
- Is rooted in a methodology or process
- Accounts and accommodates for risks and potential unintended consequences
The objective of the most recent round of innovation challenges was to innovate local and national solutions to promote evaluation as an agile tool for an appropriate response in uncertain time, including the current global pandemic caused by COVID19.
EvalPartners sought proposals that aimed to develop products, processes, and solutions for enhancing an enabling environment for evaluation, promoting evidence in public policymaking and decisions, and strengthening evaluation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
See this link to the 2020 call for proposals. Two projects were selected for this round:
Innovation Partnership to Strengthen Evaluation in Afghanistan
The Challenge will create a long-term strategic partnership among three institutions (Afghan Evaluation Society, Integrity Watch Afghanistan, and the Results-Based Monitoring Directorate of the Ministry of Economy). A virtual event was held on 3 June 2021 as part of the gLOCAL Evaluation Week 2021 titled Resilient National Evaluation Capacity: A case for Evaluation Policy in Afghanistan. The initial partnership between the VOPE, the Ministry of Economy and Integrity Watch has been created and there is one representative assigned from each partner organization to work together on the project.
Developing a Competency Framework for Evaluators (CFfE)
The Challenge will result in a Competency Calibration Manual (CCM) in Sri Lanka. Two consultations were held to draft the competency calibration manual (see photos from workshop) and the manual will be available soon.