EvalFest 2020

EvalFest 2020 is a three-day event that seeks to contribute to building a culture of evaluation. This year’s theme is Evidence building for achieving sustainable development goals – digital development and inclusion. Workshops and panel discussions will focus on best practices, approaches and evaluation methods that are participatory, replicable and adaptable. This event is led by Evaluation Community of India (ECOI) with partners such as 3ie, NITI Aayog, Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), Centre for Media Studies (CMS), CARE, Oxfram, CLEAR/J-PAL South Asia, UN Women, UNFPA, among others.

Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

Start Date: 12 February 2020 End Date: 14 February 2020

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3ie panel: Technological advances in measuring impact

Date: 12 February 2020
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
Venue: India Habitat Centre, Silver Oak 1
Chair: Francis Rathinam, senior evaluation specialist, 3ie
Panelists: Harini Kannan, research scientist, J-PAL SA ; Ruchit Nagar, CEO, Khushi Baby; Sreeja Jaiswal, PhD Candidate

Despite technological advances in gathering, storing, processing and analysing data, the development community currently relies mostly on traditional methods and sources to measure development outcomes such as household surveys and administrative records. Technological advances and opportunities to use data from unconventional sources such as satellite imagery, remote sensing and mobile technology are largely unexploited in international development literature. Over the last 10 years, 3ie has funded a number of studies that use digital technology to gather data innovatively and cheaply to measure impact of an intervention in LMICs across the world. In this session we will present and discuss 3ie-funded studies based in India that use technology and big data in different ways. The panel will discuss the innovative methods used in these studies, challenges and learnings from using such methods.

EvalFest 2020 will bring together specialists in evaluation theory and practice to share knowledge and experience in the following sub-themes:

  • Progress on various sustainable development goals (SDGs);
  • Issues relating to inclusion - evaluation of social equity, gender equality, and universal reach of development;
  • Use of digital sources of information in evaluation; and
  • New frontiers of evaluation – systems thinking and transformative evaluations.

Visit the organiser’s website for more information on this conference.