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Session 5b: Evaluation Tools: Contribution Analysis

Session 5b: Evaluation Tools: Contribution Analysis

Beginning with a discussion of theories of change as a base for contribution analysis, this session will explore the role that contribution analysis can play in strengthening evaluation and its findings on program results.  What are some innovative approaches to evaluation capacity building and how can they be applied in developing counties?  Brad cousins and Ted Freeman will lead this exploration. Be sure to catch this exciting and interesting session!

Chair: Julia Thompson - Manager International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET)

Julia is currently the Manager of IPDET (International Program for Development Evaluation Training), an executive education program co-created by the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank and the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University. With an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, Ms. Thompson has first worked on land and agrarian reform in South Africa and Zimbabwe.  Subsequently Ms. Thompson was CEO of Common Purpose South Africa for five years, bringing together leaders from across the sectors for education and social change. She lectured at CIDA City Campus, South Africa’s first free business university and served on several not for profit boards. For a further five years Julia had a consultancy out of Johannesburg in organizational and leadership development  doing process work, capacity building and coaching.  Ms. Thompson returned to Canada to work  in CIDA’s Partnership with Canadian’s Branch in 2010 and made the move to IPDET in January 2012.

Bradley Cousins - Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa

Bradley is Professor of Evaluation at the Faculty of Education, and Director of the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (CRECS), University of Ottawa.  Cousins’ main interests in program evaluation include participatory and collaborative approaches, use, and capacity building. He received his Ph.D. in educational measurement and evaluation from the University of Toronto in 1988. Throughout his career he has received several awards for his work in evaluation including the ‘Contribution to Evaluation in Canada’ award (CES, 1999) and the Karl Boudreau award for leadership in evaluation (CES-NCC, 2007) and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld award for theory in evaluation (AEA, 2008). He has published many articles and books on evaluation and was Editor of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation from 2002 to 2010.

Presentation: Evaluation Capacity Building in Development Contexts: Promises and Pitfalls

Ted Freeman - Senior Associate, Goss Gilroy Inc.

Ted Freeman is a senior associate with the Ottawa based evaluation consulting firm, Goss Gilroy Inc.  He is a former managing partner and headed their international development evaluation practice for over 15 years.  He has over 30 years experience in the evaluation of international development programs, projects and institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America and has worked for a wide range of bilateral (CIDA, Danida, DFID, SIDA, the Netherlands) and multilateral clients (World Bank, UNEG, UNICEF, UNDP, WFP).  Most recently he has focused his work on the assessing the Development Effectiveness of multilateral organizations through meta-synthesis of evaluation material.  He has also been active in the use of theories of change and contribution analysis to test the results of evaluations and reported development results.

Presentation: Contribution Analysis and the Role of Evaluation