EvalPartners, UNICEF and IOCE, in partnership with UNEG, OECD/DAC Network on Development Evaluation, the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank, Government of Finland, CLEAR centres and UNWomen, are pleased to announce that the new book “Evaluation and Civil Society. Stakeholders’ perspectives on National Evaluation Capacity Development” is now available, for free download, at http://www.mymande.org/selected-books . In addition, we have a limited number of printed copies available for distribution to VOPEs. If you would like to receive copies to be distributed at your membership, or at VOPE meetings/conferences, please let Jim Rugh (JimRugh@mindspring.com) know how many copies you would like to receive. We will try to meet your demand within the availability of printed copies. If interested, please reply to this message informing the number of copies, how they will be used/distributed, and the name of a contact person, e-address, telephone number and postal address to which the copies should be shipped.
This is the first volume of a new series of publications on Evaluation and Civil Society. It should be read together with the forthcoming second volume “Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation: Learning from Africa, Americas, Asia, Australasia, Europe and Middle East” that will include case studies illustrating how the concepts described in this first volume are being implemented by many regional and national VOPEs.
“Evaluation and Civil Society. Stakeholders’ perspectives on National Evaluation Capacity Development” aims to contribute to the international discussions on how different stakeholders can create synergies and partnerships to contribute to equity-focused and gender-responsive country-led evaluation systems. This book highlights in particular the strategic roles that Civil Society Organizations, notably the Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs), are playing to promote the use of evaluation to enhance evidence-based policy-making, transparency and learning; and the role of EvalPartners, the International Evaluation Initiative to strengthen Civil Society’s evaluation capacities through collaborative partnerships. This book offers a number of strong contributions from senior leaders of institutions dealing with international development and evaluation. It is divided into two parts. Part I presents a shared framework for National Evaluation Capacity Development (NECD), highlighting the role of Civil Society Organizations. Part II focuses on the roles of different stakeholders in the international community are playing or could play.
We hope this and following books will enhance the capacity of the evaluation community to strengthen the relevance and quality of evaluations so as to better inform equitable interventions. We wish you an interesting and inspiring read.
Marco Segone, EvalPartners co-chair, and book co-editor
Natalia Kosheleva, EvalPartners co-chair
Jim Rugh, EvalPartners Coordinator, and book co-editor