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Second EvalYouth Virtual Conference
Finding your place in the evolving world of evaluation: Young and Emerging Evaluators and the EvalAgenda 2020
November 18th, 2017 - 8:00 AM - 12:30PM EST

Finding your place in the evolving world of evaluation is important for young and experienced evaluators. It is important to recognize that young and emerging evaluators (YEEs) can contribute to the EvalAgenda 2020, and therefore, it is vital to invest in YEEs for economic, ethical, and professional reasons. If advances are to be made, then professional supports (e.g., mentorship, educational opportunities) are also needed.

This innovative, dynamic, and thought provoking virtual conference will help young and emerging evaluators find their place in the evolving world of evaluation. Specifically, it will bring awareness to the EvalYouth Initiative and its’ associated activities, the EvalAgenda 2020, and provide an opportunity for participants to hear from experts across the globe on how to build evaluator and evaluation capacity.

There are two intended audiences: YEEs and experienced evaluators. They will benefit from attending this conference in the followings ways:

This conference is free.


The English registration form can be accessed here.

El formulario de registro español puede accederse aquí.

Le formulaire d’inscription français peut être consulté ici.

Регистрационною форму на русском можно найти здесь.

Registration closes on November 15, 2017 at 11:59PM EST.

Participants will receive instructions by email with all necessary login information for the conference.

EPMG and EvalYouth representatives Nepal, November 2015


Conference Program

The conference will be in English, but there will be real-time translation in Spanish, Russian and French.

The conference will be 4 hours and 30 minutes long and will be divided into five segments:

Segment 1 -- Welcome and Opening Keynote (8:00 - 8:35 AM EST)

• Sofía Estévez: Introduction to EvalYouth’s 2nd virtual conference

• Benoît Gauthier: “EvalAgenda2020 and What It Means for Individual Evaluators”

Segment 1 speakers include:

Sofía Estévez

Sofía Estévez

Sofía Estévez is co-chair of EvalYouth's Task Force 3, which is in charge of organizing conferences for young and emerging evaluators. In addition, Sofía is part of EvalYouth LAC and co-founded and is member of the advisory board of EvalYouth Argentina, which aims to build the capacities of young and emerging evaluators in Argentina. Sofía is a Political Scientist (Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina) with an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics (University of Manchester, United Kingdom) and a candidate towards a Masters in Public Policy (Universidad Torcuato diTella, Argentina). She currently works in the School of Education at the University of Manchester as a research assistant. Sofía previously worked as a research analyst at the Monitoring and Evaluation Program at CIPPEC, a leading Argentinean think tank.

Benoît Gauthier

Benoît Gauthier

Benoît Gauthier is a Credentialed Evaluator. He is dedicated to the Canadian Evaluation Society, to the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation, to EvalPartners and to associative life in the evaluation world in general. He is (1) schooled in political science and public administration; (2) a consultant in evaluation; (3) a teacher on evaluation; (4) a volunteer researcher on evaluation practice in Canada; (5) the co-editor of a textbook on social research methods.


Segment 2 -- Individual capabilities for evaluation (8:35- 9:35 AM EST)

• Ray Rist on “What Evaluators Need to Know and Be Able to Do Now”

• Antonina Rishko-Porcescu on “Regional Profile: What Eastern Europe is Doing to Improve Evaluator Capabilities”

• Tarek Azzam (Talk title forthcoming)

Segment 2 speakers include:

Ray Rist

Ray Rist

Ray C. Rist is one of the creators and Co-Directors of IPDET and former President of IDEAS. Retired from the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank, Dr. Rist continues to advise organizations and national governments throughout the world on how to design and build results-based M&E systems. His career includes 15 years in the U.S. Government with senior appointments in both the executive and legislative branches. He has held professorships at Johns Hopkins, Cornell, and George Washington Universities and been a Fulbright fellow at the Max Planck Institute. He has authored or edited 26 books, written more than 140 articles, and lectured in more than 75 countries. Dr. Rist serves on the editorial boards of nine professional journals and chairs an international working group that collaborates on research related to evaluation and governance

Antonina Rishko-Porsescu

Antonina Rishko-Porsescu, PhD, an independent M&E specialist with strong knowledge of quantitative research methods and passion for data visualization. Antonina has professional experience in both social research and M&E. She worked with R.Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine, International Renaissance Foundation, FINEP – Forum for International development+planning, Centre of Migration research (Warsaw University), Centre for the urban history of East Central Europe. The projects are, mainly, connected to evaluation of social sphere, providing social services, provision of health care services for the conflict-affected population, community development and the creation of migrants' networks. Antonina is an active member of EvalYouth network and founder of regional chapter EvalYouth Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South Caucasus, Board member of Ukrainian Evaluation Association.

Tarek Azzam

Tarek Azzam

Tarek Azzam, PhD, is Director of The Evaluators’ Institute and Associate Professor at the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University. Azzam’s research focuses on developing new methods suited for real world evaluations. These methods attempt to address some of the logistical, political, and technical challenges that evaluators commonly face in practice. His work aims to improve the rigor and credibility of evaluations and increase its potential impact on programs and policies. Azzam has also been involved in multiple projects that have included the evaluation of student retention programs at the university level, Science Technology Engineering Math education programs, children’s health programs, and international development efforts for the Rockefeller and Packard Foundations.


Segment 3 -- Institutional capacities for evaluation (9:40 - 10:40 AM EST)

• Jim Rugh on “Finding Your Place in the Evaluation World: The Role of VOPEs”

• Miche Ouedraogo on “VOPE Case Study: The Role of Young and Emerging Evaluators in the Réseau Francophone d'Evaluation (RFE) Leadership”

• Joakim Molander on “The Role of Donors in Supporting Evaluation Capacity Development in Developing Countries”

Segment 3 speakers include:

Jim Rugh

Jim Rugh

Jim Rugh has been professionally involved for 53 years in international development, working in Africa, Asia and Appalachia, with frequent visits to other parts of the world. For the past 37 years he has specialized in international program evaluation. From 1995 to 2007 he served as head of Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Accountability and Learning for CARE International, responsible for promoting strategies for enhanced evaluation capacity throughout that world-wide organization.

Jim is recognized as a leader in the international evaluation profession. From 2008 to 2011 he served as the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Representative to the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), the global umbrella of national and regional professional evaluation associations, where, as Vice President, he was an active member of the Executive Committee. From 2012 through 2015 he served as Coordinator of the EvalPartners Initiative that aims to strengthen evaluation capacities of and through Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) around the world. See and

Miché Ouédraogo

Miché Ouédraogo

Miché Ouédraogo is the co-coordinator of the Francophone Network of Emerging Evaluators (RF-Ee). He is a Ph.D. candidate in public administration, option analysis and management of public policies at the National School of Public Administration (ENAP – Quebec, Canada). Prior to this position, he worked as a research assistant at the Center for Research and Expertise in Evaluation (CREXE), where he contributed to several evaluation mandates in Quebec.

As a consultant and associate consultant, he participated in the evaluation of several development programs in the field of health and education in Burkina Faso.

He holds a Master's degree in Project Management from the African Institute of Management (IAM), a Master's Degree in Economics and Management from University of Koudougou (UK) and a Bachelor's Degree in Statistics from the Higher Institute of Population Sciences (ISSP) of the University of Ouagadougou (UO), Burkina Faso.

He is co-author of several articles and author of a book published in 2013 by the European University Publishers, entitled “Evaluation of health and education services by communities: the case of the World Bank project to support participatory monitoring and evaluation in Burkina Faso”.


Joakim Molander

Dr Joakim Molander is currently Chief Evaluator at the Swedish International Development Agency and the chair of the task team for evaluation capacity building at the Evaluation Network of OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC). He is an evaluation specialist with extensive experience of working with evaluation in Sweden (as a consultant 1999-2002), as an evaluator at Sida (2003-2005), head of the Secretariat for Evaluation (2008-2011) and head of the Unit for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (2015-2017). In these various roles he has lead over 25 evaluations, managed high profile international joint evaluations, developed guidelines and approaches to monitoring and evaluation, published academic articles on results based management and actively participated in national and international evaluation networks.

Dr Molander has been posted as first secretary and program manager for democracy and human rights at the Embassy of Sweden to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2005-2008,) and as counsellor and head of development cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden to Rwanda (2011-2015).


Segment 4 -- Enabling environment for evaluation (10:45 - 11:45 AM EST)

• Marie Gervais on “How Young and Emerging Evaluators Can Contribute to the Creation of Enabling Environment”

• Quadratullah Jahid on “A Case Study of an Enabling Evaluation Environment in Afghanistan: Successes and Challenges”

• Natalia Aquilino on “Solutions and Challenges: The Enabling Evaluation Environment in Argentina”

Segment 4 speakers include:

Marie Gervais

Marie Gervais

Marie Gervais, PhD, CE, is Vice-President of IOCE, member of the executive committee of EvalPartners, co-chair of EvalYouth, Vice-President of the Réseau francophone d’évaluation (RFE) and co-chair of the Francophone network of emerging evaluators. She has served since 1988 as a professor at Laval University, Canada, and director of graduate programs in public health. She has been active in evaluation for nearly 30 years and involved in several evaluation projects and capacity building projects internationally, mainly in Africa, with national evaluation associations (VOPEs), universities and state institutions.

Ms. Gervais is a CES Credentialed Evaluator. She received a letter of appreciation form the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan in 2017, the 2014 Award for contribution to the evaluation of public policies from the Government of Benin, the CES 2012 Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada and the SQEP 2007 Recognition Award. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the African Evaluation Journal and was guest editor of the special issue for the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.

Qudratullah Jahid

Qudratullah Jahid

Qudratullah Jahid is a Monitoring and Evaluation professional and sustainable development enthusiast. He has a bachelor's degree and four international certificates in management and M&E. He has more than nine years of work experience with Afghan government and international organizations under USAID-funded programs and projects aimed at improving Afghans' lives. He is currently studying International Development and Social Change focused on M&E at Clark University in Massachusetts, United States.

Natalia Aquilino

Natalia Aquilino

Natalia Aquilino is Director of the Monitoring & Evaluation Programme at CIPPEC, one of Latin America's leading think tanks. Since 2012 she leads the Programme agenda that aims at fostering evaluation institutionalization in Argentina and enhancing the research to policy bond. Natalia teaches Evaluation at Masters level degree in Argentina (UNSAM, UNER, UTN) and is an active member of evaluation networks (Relac, EvaluAR, 3ie).

Natalia worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation official at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Buenos Aires Country Office where she developed and run the first Monitoring and Evaluating (M&E) Office.


Segment 5 -- Closing keynotes on inter-linkages and closing remarks (11:50 AM - 12:30 PM EST)

• Samantha Neufeld on “Interlinkages between the EvalAgenda2020 and EvalIndigenous”

• Marco Segone : "The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, evaluation and you!"

• Josette Arévalo: Closing remarks

Segment 5 speakers include:

Samantha Neufeld

Samantha Neufeld

Be the change that you wish to see in the world (Mahatma Gandhi). My great passion is living out those words through my personal and professional life. I know there are a plethora of evaluations models, theories, and practices; however, I believe that those apart of evaluations should be those who will live with it for the rest of their lives. I am passionate about true participatory evaluations where the evaluator themselves takes the back seat and encourages those around them to be the leaders and the change of their own world.

I am an Indigenous woman from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and my education background include a BA with Honours in International Development Studies from the University of Winnipeg. I am currently pursuing my graduate certificate in Evaluation through the University of Victoria and will then apply for my accreditation (CE) from the Canadian Evaluation Society. I am part of one of the tasks force of EvalIndigenous and an active evaluation team member for Community Hub Information and Research Partnerships (CHIRP).

Marco Segone

Marco Segone

Marco Segone is Director, Evaluation Office, at UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Previously, he was director of the Evaluation Office at UN Women; Chair, United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG), the network of Evaluation Offices of 46 UN agencies; co-founder and co-chair of EvalPartners - the global partnership for national evaluation capacities – and EvalGender+. Before that, Marco was responsible for the decentralized evaluation function as well as the national evaluation capacity development portfolios at the UNICEF Evaluation Office; Regional Chief, Monitoring and Evaluation in the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia; Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean; Brazil Country Office, and Niger Country Office. Marco also worked in international NGOs in Albania, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Uganda. He has authored dozens publications including: Evaluating the SDGs with a ‘no one left behind lens’; Evaluation for Equitable Development Results; and, How to Design and Manage Equity-Focused Evaluations.

Josette Arévalo

Josette Arévalo

C. Josette Arévalo Gross is co-chair of EvalYouth’s task force in charge of organizing conferences for young and emerging evaluators. In addition, Josette co-founded and co-chairs EvalYouth LAC, which aims to build the capacities of young and emerging evaluators in Latin America.

Josette has a PhD in Public Policy and Administration at the George Washington University. Josette earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, a master’s degree in Development Economics at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, FLACSO-Ecuador, and a master’s degree in Public Policy at GWU as an Ecuador Fulbright Scholar. Prior to pursuing graduate studies in the United States, Josette worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst in the Ecuadorian public sector. In addition to her work experience in Ecuador, Josette has also worked as a consultant at the World Bank. Currently, Josette works as an advisor at the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education.


Technology Requirements

Because this is a virtual conference, technology requirements include:

For the best experience we suggest using a computer with Chrome, Firefox or Opera as browser and connected to the internet via an ethernet cable.


About Us

Virtual Conference’s Organizers include:

• C. Josette Arevalo - Co-chair of the EvalYouth Conference Task Force

• Sofia Estevez - Co-chair of the EvalYouth Conference Task Force

• Antonina Rishko-Porcescu - Secretariat of the EvalYouth Conference Task Force

• Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead - EvalYouth Co-Chair

• Marie Gervais - EvalYouth Co-Chair

• Khalil Bitar - EvalYouth Vice-Chair

Task Force members: Daniel Ducai, Kelsey Chawla, Ana Erika Lareza, Gerardo Sánchez, Imad Haroon


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