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Eval Cafe: Exploring Equitable, Transformative Evaluation

October 27, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Register here: https://www.meetup.com/Evaluation-Cafe-Ontario/events/280748966/

As evaluators seek to integrate more equitable (and dare we dream, more transformative) approaches to evaluation, we often find that the systems that employ us to evaluate are not yet positioned to enable approaches that give more voice and decision-making power to clients or beneficiaries. Despite this, we are seeing increasing examples and opportunities for community-based participatory evaluation. In this Meetup, we’ll see an example from the international development sector that “put the community in the driving seat” of conducting a baseline of their goals and see the impact this led to. We’ll discuss what it would take for the principles of this work to be replicated in other contexts based on consolidated learning from Salanga’s work in Community-Led Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (CoLMEAL).

For more information, check out www.salanga.org and what they are doing in Community-Led MEAL at https://salanga.org/measure-impact/colmel/

This session will be facilitated by Elaine Stavnitzky. She has experience leading and implementing a wide range of complex strategic, programmatic and quality assurance processes to support leadership, staff, communities and children in international development and humanitarian aid programs since 2002. To date her expertise has covered on-going learning and improvement in 30 countries across 15 sectors, including gender equality and youth. The nexus of her passion, skills, and value is in empowering communities to understand and monitor the change they seek to actualize. She is ever ready to apply her energy and enthusiasm to support organizations in strengthening systems that ensure people have right-sized information to trigger change making decisions. She loves experiencing with others the “a-ha” moment that tips the balance for transformation at the individual, community and/or systems level.

Find out more about Elaine on her LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elaine-stavnitzky/