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DMEO Conversation Series


Designing Governments’ Evaluation Strategies: Key Considerations

Speakers: Ms. Megha Pradhan, Associate Director, Training at J-PAL South Asia and Director at CLEAR South Asia

Date: 27th August 2021, 4.30 PM IST

Description: This session responds to the emergent need of evidence-based policy making to improve the effectiveness of government programs. Building up on the role of evaluations in generating relevant and timely evidence, we try to unpack the complexity of undertaking evaluation studies in the context of our policies, systems, and institutions. We try to answer questions such as why do we need evaluations, which evaluation methodologies to use, when is the right time to undertake evaluations, how to find the right set of evaluators, and how can institutional structures support high quality evaluations.

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How Evaluation Impacts Programme Design and Implementation: The Karnataka Experience

Speakers: Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Planning Programme Monitoring and Statistics Department, Govt. of Karnataka and Dr. Chaya Degaonkar, Additional Chief Evaluation Officer, Karnataka Evaluation Authority

Date: 16th December 2020, 4.30 PM IST

Description: In this webinar, the speakers share the Karnataka model of evaluation. The Karnataka Evaluation Authority steers the participatory process of planning with government departments on one hand and partners spanning academia, corporates, etc. on the other. The planning department feeds evidence and inputs into almost all budgetary exercises thus making sure that evidence is used actively in policy making. Such examples can be useful for sub-national learning across states. To learn more about the Karnataka experience, click on the weblink below.

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Implementation Research Gap Map on Nutrition Interventions in India

Speakers: Ms. Stuti Tripathi, Evaluation Specialist, 3ie and Ms. Pooja Sengupta, Senior Research Associate, 3ie

Date: 29th October 2020

Description: The webinar provided an overview of the findings from the implementation research on nutrition-specific interventions in India conducted by 3ie in partnership with IFPRI. As a part of the study, the systematic search for relevant literature was carried out across a range of databases, and was supplemented by hand searching websites of organisations that have an impressive body of work on nutrition in India and globally. Speakers also presented a gap map, which is one of the outcomes of the research and is a visual, interactive tool for governments and key development partners in the field of nutrition to understand where evidence exists and gaps persist. The map displays existing evidence on nutrition-specific interventions targeted at women and children in the 1000-day window (from a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday) across a range of implementation outcomes.

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Joint Rapid Needs Assessment in Odisha, India - A Detailed Analysis of Food and Nutrition Sector during COVID-19

Speakers: Mr. Eric Kenefick, Deputy Country Director, WFP India and Ms. Divya Tiwari, Deputy Head – Evidence & Results Unit, WFP India

Date:28th August 2020

Description: The World Food Programme (WFP) along with the Inter-Agency Group (IAG) Odisha and other partners conducted a Joint Rapid Needs Assessment survey in Odisha. The assessment aimed at generating evidence that can be utilized to inform policy and programmatic action on the issues of food security and nutrition. In the webinar, speakers discussed the findings from the assessment, articulate impact of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition, and support in designing short and medium-term responses for the most vulnerable groups.

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