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Tuesday, September 17 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
How to integrate intercultural considerations in evaluation debate and practice

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Rini Mowson (Clear Horizon), Sarah Leslie (Clear Horizon)

The context within which an evaluand exists matters in evaluation. The AES evaluators' professional learning competency framework dedicates an entire domain to "attention to culture, stakeholders and contexts". Oakley, Pratt and Clayton (1998) argued that evaluation context should be treated as being at the very heart of social development and impact assessment must take full account of the bigger picture in arriving at the conclusion about the success or failure of social development programs. Thus, adapting and managing the evaluation "context" is important to balance ensuring sustainable and impactful evaluation to the end users/beneficiaries, with satisfying the needs of the program team and/or evaluation commissioner.

This paper will seek to answer two questions:: "What are the domains of context that evaluators need to be aware of?" and "How can evaluators adapt their practice to fit the context where they work?'.
The presenters will draw on their experiences in evaluation in multicultural contexts through their work in international development.

The presenters propose three domains of context that evaluators should consider before embarking on an evaluation journey. Firstly, studies demonstrate the importance of applying basic principles of evaluation such as participation, community empowerment and communicating the evaluation results back to beneficiaries, however most evaluations are donor driven exercises. With this limitation, how can evaluators empower funding recipients to enforce the application of basic principles of evaluation. Secondly, how can evaluators address power dynamics in the evaluation process to ensure the evaluation results will represent the real outcomes of the program achieved across different types of beneficiaries. Thirdly, presenters propose that all evaluation should find ways to ensure evaluation will support capacity building of relevant stakeholders including beneficiaries and communities.

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Kathryn Dinh

MEL Consultant/PhD Candidate, UNSW
Kathryn is a monitoring, evaluation and learning consultant with more than 20 years of experience across Asia, the Pacific (including Australia) and the Commonwealth of Independent States. She specialises in evaluation for health and international development programs, advocacy evaluation... Read More →

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Rini Mowson

Consultant, Clear Horizon
Rini has been working in the international development and Australian community development sectors for more than thirteen years. She has worked with a broad range of social change initiatives and businesses globally. Rini has extensive experience in designing and implementing monitoring... Read More →

Sarah Leslie

Senior Consultant, Clear Horizon
Interested in MEL frameworks, evaluation and portfolio level MEL

Tuesday September 17, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST