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Mastering System Approach, a Requisite for Evaluation

  • Thu, April 18, 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Mastering System Approach, a Requisite for Evaluation

Led by the Washington Evaluators and the International Development Evaluation Association, April 18th, 12:00-1:30pm ET

Discussion Topic:

Evaluation has evolved over time and is now in its fifth phase. It went through the phases focusing on measurement, describing strengths & weaknesses of the evaluand, providing a judgement on the merit of the intervention, and evaluating in a participatory fashion. Nowadays, the challenge is to conduct evaluation from a systemic perspective when addressing complex and transformative change.

Hence there is a need for evaluators to master the key concepts behind system thinking to plot the right approach required when evaluating complex and interrelated endeavors. During the webinar, we will review the fundamental concepts of systemic thinking. Also, we will look at characteristics of complex system and have an insight on their dynamics. We will use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as examples of complex systems and reflect on the challenges of evaluating them.

Jean Serge Quesnel, CE, FCES was director of the evaluation offices of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Interamerican Development Bank (IADB), and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). The was one of the first chair of the evaluation Expert Group of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (DAC/OECD).  He was the founding chair of the Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG) of the International Financial Institutions. He chaired the United Nations Taskforce that drafted the Evaluation Norms and Standard for the UN System. He is the founding coordinator of the Francophone Evaluation Network.

Jean Serge Quesnel is an associate professor at the National Public Administration School of Qu├ębec and a visiting professor at the Center for International Development and Globalisation of the University of Ottawa. He taught evaluation many years at the United Nations System Staff College.

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