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USAID Evaluation Summit 2018

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The USAID Evaluation Summit 2018 is a three-day event (Sept 4-6) in Washington, DC. The theme is the “Role of Evaluation on the Journey to Self-Reliance.” Its three objectives are to:

  • Advance knowledge about evaluation approaches that support countries on their Journey to Self-Reliance and inform and evaluation action plan for self-reliance.

  • Contribute to strengthening USAID evaluation approaches that support countries on their Journey to Self-Reliance, which includes improved understanding of sustainability, local ownership, and local systems.

  • Provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer sharing and collaboration to achieve the other two objectives of the Summit.

During the first two days, USAID staff will share practical and good evaluation practices and tools related to self-reliance. The third day will include other USG and international development community stakeholders with experience or interest in evaluation. 

The Evaluation Summit 2018 will launch the development of an Evaluation Action Plan. The Call to Action will be a year-long campaign for USAID staff, evaluators, and implementing partners to adapt USAID evaluation practice by incorporating self-reliance principles into planning, designing, commissioning, and implementing evaluations. Summit learning outcomes will also contribute to the Agency Learning Agenda for Self-Reliance.

While in-person participation is at capacity, you are invited to participate remotely! Click here to watch the livestream between 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT.  

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Frank Higdon, Evaluation Team Lead, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL), Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research (LER)

Melissa Patsalides, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, PPL

James Richardson, Assistant to the Administrator, PPL

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Retrospective Evaluation of Conservation Enterprises: Sustained Outcomes 20 Years Later

Megan Hill, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3)/Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (FAB)

Judy Boshoven, Measuring Impact/ Foundation for Success

10:15 am – 10:25 am


10:25 am – 11:15 am

Meta-Evaluation and Meta-Analysis: What Can We Learn from Synthesizing Evaluations?

Elizabeth Freudenberger and Molly Hageboeck, Management Systems International (MSI)

Virginia Lamprecht, PPL/LER

11:20 am – 12:30 pm

Using Impact Evaluation to Inform Sustainable Outcomes

Jack Molyneaux, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Veronica Olazabal, Rockefeller Foundation