Greetings, Dear Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG Members and Guests,

Warm welcome to our website and community.  

I am excited to be a co-chair of the Feminist Eval TIG, in my 4th year now, and have this revived opportunity to communicate with all of you through this website.  I have come to the field of feminist evaluation through my M&E work, primarily the “M” of HIV/AIDS, environmental and women’s empowerment programs, and have since transitioned to “E” of various types of donor-funded projects in such sectors as agriculture, HIV/AIDS, food security and global climate change; all internationally. I have been privileged to work with Donna Podems, who encouraged me to become a co-chair… and the rest is history….. Through the two and half years of being a co-chair of this TIG, I have come to appreciate the amazing energy of the feminist evaluation TIG membership and contributors, who are the individuals with passion for the same issues that I value deeply.

I grew up in a country which had amazing statistics on women’s education, employment levels and their rights, which I have come to increasingly appreciate in my career in international development. Many things people take for granted should not just be appreciated and looked at in a neutral way, but shaken up, with a power of evaluation. Many forms of sexism still prevail, in any society: lack of reproductive rights, access to credit and health care, sexual harassment, discrimination in the workplace, and intimate partner violence, to name a few. Hence the never-disappearing challenges of conducting evaluation and going beyond recognizing gender differences, by applying feminist principles and approaches that recognize the complexity and responsibilities that governments have undertook by signing on to CEDAW, the Sustainable Development Goals, etc. 

Recently in the AEA365 blog I shared my thoughts on integrating gender and feminist values in the M&E at the every opportunity you have, as a first step. The others will follow, with  support from your colleagues in this TIG and other communication channels of like-minded individuals.

If you have not joined out TIG we welcome you to do so, feel free to contact myself or our program chair: we welcome fresh blood and energy. Your contributions and questions are welcome through various avenues, for example our newsletter or AEA365 blog series or engaging in the discussion or sharing a document through ‘participate’ tab above.

We welcome you to find me and members of the leadership team, and join our business meeting in the next AEA meeting in DC, if you want to hear more about our activities.

-Svetlana Negroustoueva, Chair, Feminist Evaluation TIG


Evaluation 2017 Video Contest

We want to know what the Evaluation 2017 theme: From Learning to Action means to you! We challenge you to share your thoughts on this year’s theme through a short video. Up to five winning videos will be selected by a peer committee of AEA members. Prizes will be awarded to the individual selected with the winning video. Submission deadline is Tuesday, May 30.

What to include: 

Submit a brief 45 to 60 second video addressing one or more of these questions:

  • What does the Evaluation 2017 theme From Learning to Action mean to you personally and professionally?
  • What should the theme mean to other evaluators?
  • What can the theme mean for the evaluation profession?

How to be considered:

  • A complete contest entry form must be submitted with the link to the video on or before May 30th, 2017
  • Videos must be submitted by a link posted to YouTube or another publicly accessible location. See tips on using YouTube below
  • Any spoken or written content in the videos must be in English or subtitled in English
  • Videos must address one or more of the contest questions noted above
  • Entrants are responsible for obtaining permission of any individuals appearing in the video prior to submitting their entry

 Evaluation From Learning to Action

November 06-11, 2017

Washington, D.C.

Evaluation 2017
Conference: November 6-11, 2017
Professional Development Workshops: November 6-8 & 11, 2017
Washington, DC USA 

During Evaluation 2017, we will explore 4 ways that our community can learn from evaluation to create better practices and outcomes. Evaluation is dependent on learning from each other and putting theory into action.

Learning to Enhance Evaluation Practices
Share evaluation practices, including theories, methods and ethics, or lessons in diverse professional settings.

Learning What Works and Why
Share evidence of what works and why in public policies, programs, and projects.

Learning from Others
Share innovations from other communities that have been or could be incorporated into evaluation practice.

Learning About Evaluation Users and Uses
Share your insights on users of our evaluations, our place in policy decision-making, and effective strategies to increase evaluation utilization.

Given the focus on learning, AEA President Kathy Newcomer encourages all who submit proposals to think creatively and design innovative learning experiences for attendees. Learn more about the 2017 theme.

We encourage you to collaborate with other colleagues and TIGs and explore how a feminist lens can contribute to other issue areas