Call for Contributions


Call for Contributions

1. Introduction

The Community of Evaluators – South Asia (CoE-SA), in collaboration with the Gross National Happiness Commission of the Government of Bhutan will be holding the 4th Evaluation Conclave in Thimpu, Bhutan from 6 – 9 June 2017 (both days inclusive).

Contributions are invited from interested individuals/groups/Organisations for the following events:

• 6 - 7 June 2017: Pre-conclave workshops focussing on building skills in evaluation

• 8 9 June 2017: Conclave focussing on sharing experiences on evaluations

 2. Themes/Strands

Conclave 2017 will focus largely on the relationship between well-being and sustainable development with a view to demonstrate the importance of evaluations in these areas. Conclave 2017 will be a forum for government, civil society, donors and evaluation fora to deliberate on a number of fronts, such as:

Use of innovative methods and tools in evaluations [Use of innovative methods and techniques for conducting evaluations, collecting data and analytical representation; Innovative approaches to understand social changes.]

Fostering governance, accountability, credibility and transparency [credible and transparent evaluations; observance of ethical norms relevant to different pluralistic cultural environments]

Gender and equity [Ensuring good quality, equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluations and their use in decision-making]

Environmental sustainability [wise use of natural resources and promoting environmental sustainability]

Poverty reduction [Exploring the analytical underpinnings of programmes supporting poverty reduction, both income and non-income dimensions, and on the processes for engaging with stakeholders to support poverty reduction]

Inclusiveness and hard-to-reach [Evaluation findings to generate learnings and to contribute to the evidence base on good humanitarian practices and building resilience in the most fragile and conflict-affected situations]

Partnership [forging lasting partnerships in evaluations, including community/ stakeholder participation]

 3. Contributions

The Contributions addressing the themes/strands can be in the form of following:

(a) Organise a skills building or professional development workshop of 3 hrs (half day) or 6 hours (full day) [6-7June 2017]

(b) Organise a Demonstration of Skills of 1-2 hrs [6-7June 2017]: Show how to use or apply an evaluation concept or tool, with hands-on-experiences.

(c) Organise a pre-formed Panel of 1-1.5 hrs [8-9June 2017]: Focussing on an issue related to the theme of the Conclave. We recommend that panel presentations should be confined to a maximum of four persons to enable discussion after the presentations.

Those wishing to organize any of these events are expected to bear the cost of participation of resource persons. CoE SA will provide meeting halls and attendant services free of charge. Please complete the form (Annex 1) and send it to Ranjith Mahindapala<This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> by 15 February 2017.

(d) Presentation of Papers at Panels formed by the Secretariat [8 - 9 June 2017]:

Those who are interested in presenting a Paper at the Conclave on the themes indicated earlier should submit an Abstract as per the Guidelines attached (Annex 2). The Abstracts should be sent by email to <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> by 15 February 2017.

The Secretariat will review the Abstracts and will attempt to organize them to Panels, depending on the subject area.

 4. Inquiries

Any general inquiries may please be sent to Ranjith Mahindapala, Executive Director, CoE-SA:<This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.