ECOP moving forward with new activities
The CGIAR Evaluation Community of Practice (ECoP) is now ready to launch two of its prioritary activities: the roster and Trainings/ Webminars and Information Sharing. The ECOP stewards and IEA facilitators are presenting a first draft of the content and possible form of the roster and training for feedback from the community. Also recently we have updated on the website the ECOP terms of reference, where you can find the description of the resources that will be facilitated, the community’s objectives and more. You are part of this group of interest if you have any role in CRP external evaluations… or anything at all to do with evaluation capacity, design or implementation in CGIAR programs!
The roster of evaluators responds to the shortage of qualified external evaluators who know the CGIAR and the topics of the CRPs well enough to engage as evaluators. Such a roster would be built by CRPs sharing names and contact information of evaluators they have used in the past, with the important clarity that inclusion in the roster would by no means imply endorsement, by the IEA or the ECOP. Additionally, a concerted effort is needed to recruit new evaluators. This would be approached by launching a targeted call for expressions of interest by evaluators who wish to work with the CGIAR, along with some appropriate orientation material with guidance on what it means to work with us in this capacity.
The Training and Information sharing events, dealing with topics which are important for ECOP members and key to implementing the Evaluation Policy, will include a variety of delivery methods such as webinars, online discussions, one-day training (in conjunction with the annual ECOP workshop), links to other learning events, facilitated peer reviews, etc. The aim is also to foster increased collaboration among and between ECOP members and IEA, as well as strengthening the capacity and information sharing across CGIAR in evaluation topics. Some of the topics proposed until now include: Updated discussions on CCEEs (CRP commissioned External Evaluations) and IEA Commissioned Evaluations, Evaluations Standards and Guidance Notes, Experiences from Evaluations exchange, Theory based evaluation, Learning from evaluations, Evaluation of capacity to innovate and adapt, and measuring innovation.
A simple way to engage now is to visit the CGIAR ECOP website and join the Discussion Forum, where people from around the CG are already commenting on the usefulness/ benefits of the two ideas, suggesting improvements and proposing ways for their own programs to be involved and contribute. An especially welcome contribution would be feedback on the relevance of the training topics, and a show of preliminary interest, so that we may prioritize and address first the more important topics to the community. Let us know what you want/ need training on- also if you can be a coach or facilitator in any of these!