This ITIG will serve as a catalyst to promote evaluations in contexts of fragility, conflict and violence (FCV). Specifically, it will consider new and innovative methods, approaches and tools that lend themselves to challenges faced by evaluations in situations that are fluid, complex and volatile. This may include topics such as:
- Gender responsive and conflict sensitive evaluations
- Evaluability assessments
- Big data and use of ICTs
- Remote monitoring and feedback mechanisms to promote good governance, peace, resilience, effective institutions and inclusive societies in development and humanitarian assistance
- Resettlement evaluations
- Evaluations of SDG 16.
Despite the amount of resources the international community is investing into what the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) terms ‘fragile states’, the dynamics and characteristics of contexts of fragility, conflict and violence put at permanent risk the possibility of interventions to achieve results as well as the quality and sustainability of results achieved. These states are most at risk of not reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and data from the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in such contexts call for improvement in measurement and evaluation of those accomplishments. SDG16, in particular, which has an overarching effect over the aimed contexts of this ITIG, deserves particular attention.
Although evaluation data collection methods continue to evolve, there is no perfect way to facilitate learning and accountability, especially in fragility, conflict and violence contexts, because of their level of complexity and fluidity. Challenges hindering evaluation efforts include: difficulties (at times) accessing affected populations; limited availability of good quality data; lack of appropriate tools and resources, and/or signs of corruption that are difficult to validate and report on.
This ITIG will gather experts working in or on fragility, conflict and violence and create a platform for co-creation and dissemination of learning in this area.
Finalise a clear Work Plan to outline specific activities of the EvalFCV ITIG.
Edit and publish selected papers on the EvalFCV presented at the Joint Conference 2017 as well as other papers from group members.
Perform Mapping and Social Network Analysis of development/evaluation partners in FCVs to identify catalysts and advocates to raise awareness.
Create an on-line forum or task-force to exchange information, examples of good evaluations, new technologies, and conceptual methods and tools on EvalFCV.
Create a task-force on advocacy, innovation, coordination and accountability within the EvalFCV.
Develop a Literature Review of all the concepts on FCVs to avoid any confusion moving forward.
Develop a communication plan, social media strategy, and increase the dissemination of publications.
Develop a 5-year plan with clear objectives (a logical framework with indicators?).
Generate demand for evaluations in FCVs by raising awareness amongst academia, think tanks, private sector and civil society organisations.
Conducting online and in person workshops and training on EvalFCV.
Moreover, the ITIG will be regularly committed to supporting IDEAS President and the Board in relation to its main interest areas, especially for the programming and coordination of the global assembly and related conferences. This role includes:
Serve as a primary vehicle for organizing and sponsoring sessions, soliciting presentations and refereeing submitted proposals.
Provide cohesion to and a vehicle for natural clustering of similar topics for conference program.
Identify and source paper/proposal reviewers in the area of evaluation of fragility, conflict and violence contexts.
Resettlement evaluations: the RESEVALT team
RESEVALT ITIG was created at the IDEAS Conference in Bangkok in 2015. When the EvalFCV ITIG was established in 2017, overlapping areas of interest between the two ITIGs were identified, in particular challenges in the field of evaluation in societies under stress. Subsequently, following a joint decision in 2018, it was agreed that the RESEVALT team would become part of the EvalFCV ITIG. While RESEVALT maintains its own profile, task area and convener (Inga-Lill Aronsson), it functions as a group within EvalFCV ITIG, with close opportunities for joint projects and extensive cooperation.
Hur Hassnain (IDEAS Board Member)