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Dear IDEAS Members

We are pleased to share with you the May edition of the IDEAS Newsletter. Below you'll find news from the ITIGs; the report from the Wilton Park meeting on Achieving the SDGs; details on the new IDEAS policy in view of the EU General Data and Protection Regulation; a welcome to our new and returning members; upcoming events; vacancy announcements; and links to other evaluation resources. 

We received a positive response to the newsletter and, to make it more relevant to you, we would like to make a call for contributions. So, if you're organising an event you think may interest members, or have written a blog or article that you wish to share, please email the IDEAS Coordinator.

Warmest wishes to you all
The IDEAS Board
ITIG Update
Congratulations to the IDEAS ITIG on Evaluations in Fragility, Conflict and Violence (EvalFCV) which, in addition to successfully establishing a partnership with the Canadian Evaluation Society, Afghanistan Evaluation Society and Pakistan Evaluation Association, has successfully won funding of USD10,000 from EvalPartners to promote the work of EvalFCV in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

IDEAS Board Member and EvalFCV convener, Hur Hassnain, recently published the well-received article "7 Tips to Better Evaluations in FCV".

Full details on the work of this, and all the ITIGs, are available on the IDEAS website. If you are interested in getting involved and joining an ITIG, please email the IDEAS Coordinator

Achieving the SDGs:
Building on interlinkages among goals

Report of the Wilton Park meeting, 5-7 March 2018

In early March 2018, a Wilton Park conference took place on linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals. This interesting event built on recent research reports that synthesized scientific findings on how the SDGs are connected and on evidence that if one disregards these connections, trade-offs occur that can be detrimental to achieving the SDGs. The frameworks for analysis that can be used for understanding interlinkages are useful for evaluations for the SDGs as well.

The IDEAS President participated in this meeting and advocated a link to the global M&E community, referring to the role of evaluation in understanding progress towards the SDGs. This was accepted by the meeting and will be incorporated in a note to the UN high level forum meeting on the SDGs in June.

The Wilton Park report on the meeting is now available.
IDEAS and the EU General Data Protection Regulation 

In May 2018, the IDEAS Board published a policy concerning IDEAS and compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The policy informs members how IDEAS manages and stores member data, and what happens to the data should membership expire. The policy promises members that IDEAS will only ask members for data that is required for registering and determining membership; that this data visible will only be visible to the member concerned through their online account in the IDEAS website; and that this data will only be used by the Board for the purpose of serving its members better. 

More on this, including a link to the Policy, is available on the IDEAS website.
Member Welcome
We warmly welcome the following new members, as well as those who recently renewed their IDEAS membershipPeter Acuch (life member); Susan Corning; Matteo Guidotti; Ogo-Oluwa Jagha; Raymond Lweterezo (life member); Justine Namubiru (life member); Esther Namukasa (life member);  Deric Nji Manju; James Statman; and Rigzom Wangchuk.

Upcoming Events

Details on the following events are available on our Meeting and Events calendar. 

  • 26-29 May - Canadian Evaluation Society 2018 Conference. 
  • 11-15 June - Training Course: Adaptive Management: Working Effectively in the Complexity of International Development.
  • 17-20 June - Summer Evaluation Institute: Finding Your Path in Evaluation.
  • 18-20 June - Training Course: Outcome Harvesting for Complex Development Programmes.
  • 18-22 June - Training Course: Innovation Policy in a Changing Global Context.
  • 25-28 June - Training Course: Social Protection: Policies, Programmes and Evidence.
  • 25-27 July Innovations in Evaluation: Big Data, Blockchain, and Human-Centred Design for Development Programming
If you are interested in any of these events or have any questions, please contact the event organisers. 

Registration for IPDET 2018 is now open!

The 2018 program, scheduled for July 16-27, 2018 in Bern, Switzerland, will include a one-week core course, followed by a week of in-depth workshops taught by a dynamic group of renowned international faculty and experts. Registration deadline: 31 May 2018.

Vacancy announcements

Details on the following vacancy announcements were recently posted on the IDEAS' jobs board.
  • Request for Proposals: Support to GCF IEU’s Learning Oriented Real-time Impact Assessment (LORTA). Deadline 18th June.
  • Center for Evaluation Innovation: Associate. Deadline 15th June.
  • Open International Competition (OIC): Advertisement:  Mid-Term Review of the UNESCO SIDS Action Plan (2016-2021). Deadline 13th June. 
  • OIC: Evaluation of UNESCO’s work in ICT in Education. Deadline 6th June. 
  • OIC: Re-Advertisement: Evaluation of the UNESCO/SIDA Project Cooperation Agreement in the Natural Sciences, 2014-18. Deadline 6th June. 
  • Consultancy: Evaluation Expert for UNDP’s Stage I HCFC Phase-out Management Plans (HPMPs). Deadline 30th May. 
If you are interested in any of these vacancies or have any questions, please contact the hiring company/ organisation. 


Closing the Learning Loop – How to extend the ownership of evaluation findings to project beneficiaries?

Blog by Hur Hassnain, IDEAS Board Member
Strengthening the UN system's monitoring and evaluation capacity through the deployment of young evaluators
New library of selected evaluations carried out by European Commission Member States
Communications monitoring, evaluation and learning toolkit

Published by ODI
In the SDG era, what are the key questions for the evaluation community?

Blog by Caroline Heider, Director General, IEG World Bank
Does Evaluation Contribute to the Public Good?

Blog by Sandra Mathison
Asian Development Bank 2018 Annual Evaluation Review
Feminism in Evaluation: Who Owns the Space to Discuss this Critical Topic?

Blog by former IDEAS Board Member, Michele Tarsilla
Online course: Data for Effective Policy Making

Course offered by EdX
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