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Evaluating Development Effectiveness

  • Wed, July 11, 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Development aid, a vital tool for promoting economic development and welfare, forms an important part of many governments’ foreign relations strategy. In 2016, the aid reached a new peak of $142.6 billion, according to official data collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Evaluation, as a tool that supports both accountability and learning, can be a key component in increasing the effectiveness of the development aid-funded programs. OECD/DAC defines development effectiveness as “the extent to which a given development intervention’s objectives were achieved, or are expected to be achieved, taking into account their relative importance.” This panel will bring together leaders in the evaluation function at Mercy Corps, the World Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to share their views on these questions:

 How is the evaluation of development and/or humanitarian response different from other types of evaluations?

 What are the key issues or trends in these types of evaluations today?

 What are lessons learned that funders, implementers, governments, beneficiaries, and evaluators need to know?


 Tessie Catsambas, Associate Director at TEI and CEO of EnCompass LLC


 Christie Getman, Director, Program Performance and Quality, Mercy Corps

 Rasmus Heltberg, Lead Evaluation Specialist, World Bank

 Melissa Patsalides, Director, Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research, USAID

Reception 5:30-6:30pm; panel discussion 6:30-8:00pm. 

For registration, visit https://tei.cgu.edu. For more information, please download the event flyer

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