By Laurie Less
Renowned African literary laureate, Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi’s words ring so true to me, “The danger of a single story… Our lives, our cultures are composed of many overlapping stories, says Chimamanda who warns that if we hear only a single story, we risk a critical misunderstanding”, colloquially we may refer to this as having a limited viewpoint and this may effectively skew our thinking. For evaluators, the single story pose a number of risks in that although the evidence of a single evaluation may not be wrong…. it is however incomplete – ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ – and that is the fundamental difference Evidence Synthesis seek to remedy, in that it produces new knowledge and patterns; addresses complexity; and leads to policy making in support of positive social outcomes.
By Precious Tirivanhu
“In this journey, I realised that Systems Thinking is increasingly gaining ground as a potential approach for improving the evaluation tool kit. Additionally, in our CLEAR AA Theory of Change logic model, we have identified the need to explore how Systems Thinking can be utilised in strengthening evaluation, to find novel ways of seeing through complexity. This challenge motivated me to explore what the ‘buzz’ around Systems Thinking is all about…” states Dr Precious Tirivanhu.
At the end of March 2017, Kampala, Uganda, witnessed a global convergence of hundreds of people coming from all over the world in the name of African Evaluation. The annual African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) Conference brought together researchers, academics, emerging evaluators and practitioners to answer questions on how to monitor and evaluate progresses toward the achievement of the SDGs within the continent under the theme, “Made in Africa”.
On 3rd November 2015 Zambia joined the rest of the world in celebrating 2015 as a year of evaluation. The Zambia Monitoring and Evaluation (ZaMEA) was at the same occasion officially launched. Similar events have been held in other African countries. (more…)
Meet Mr Berhanu, President of the Ethiopian Evaluation Association (EEvA)….
As the president of this young but growing Association, Mr Berhanu is working hard to improve the credibility and quality of evaluation in Ethiopia.