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Friday, April 11, 2014

Embracing Complexity—Effectively Evaluating Both Models and Adaptive Initiatives

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Session Description

We have witnessed a wealth of conversation about what works regarding effective scaling and replication. We have also seen increasing acknowledgement of the dynamic ecosystems within which our complex work exists. In truth, there are myriad approaches that can bring about intended outcomes. Some approaches are in contexts that allow for a fixed solution, and for others, continuous innovation is required. The most appropriate strategy—and thus the most effective approach to measurement—will depend on the nature of the problem, the solution, and on the questions you are trying to answer. Engage with a diverse group of funders, evaluators, and innovators as we discuss the implications for our field.

When | Where

11:45 - 13:00 Friday, April 11 SBS, Founders Room

Session leaders

  • Ehren Reed Moderator
    Director, Analysis & Insight, Skoll Foundation
    As Director of Analysis & Insight for the Skoll Foundation, Ehren Reed is responsible for assessing the impact and effectiveness of the foundation’s efforts in order to support ongoing learning and evidence-based decision making. He was previously a Director of Innovation Network, a Washington, DC-based evaluation consulting firm. He brings over ten years of experience managing research and evaluation projects for grantmakers and grantees in the fields of human services, human rights, and advocacy. He is a diehard promoter of evaluation use and a firm believer in the power of evaluation and learning as a support for effective strategy. He speaks frequently on emerging trends in evaluation and has presented at many sector conferences including Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, the Council on Foundations, Grantmakers in Health, the American Evaluation Association, and the Communications Network. Ehren earned both a B.A. and M.S. in Education from the University of Connecticut. He is an avid fan of craft beers and Nationals baseball, especially when combined.
  • Julia Coffman Speaker
    Director, Center for Evaluation Innovation
    Julia Coffman is founder and director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation, a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. dedicated to pushing evaluation practice in new direction and into new arenas. The Center specializes in areas that are challenging to assess and promotes cutting-edge approaches and methods. For more than 20 years Julia has worked with numerous foundations and nonprofits on their approaches to evaluation, and she has led multiple long-term complex initiative evaluations. Julia has particular expertise in evaluating advocacy and policy efforts, emphasizing real-time learning that helps organizations to adapt their strategies and continuously improve. For the 15 years prior to founding the Center, she led evaluation efforts at the Harvard Family Research Project, a research and evaluation organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Annie Duflo Speaker
    Executive Director, Innovations for Poverty Action
    Annie Duflo is responsible for leading the strategic directions of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the implementation of its strategic plan and day-to-day operations. Previously, she served as IPA's Research Director where she managed the research network, staff capacity building, and new project development. She also played a key role in the scaling up of successful programs with a particular focus on education. Annie has a wealth of experience implementing and managing randomized experiments in the field. Prior to joining IPA, she was the Executive Director of the Centre for Microfinance at the Institute for Financial Management and Research in Chennai, India, which she joined at its creation. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)/ ENS (Ecole Normale Supérieure) in Paris.
  • Karlee Silver Speaker
    Vice President of Targeted Challenges, Grand Challenges Canada
    Karlee Silver is the Vice President of Targeted Challenges at Grand Challenges Canada. Dr. Silver leads the Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and Global Mental Health programs. She is a member of the Knowledge Exchange Working Group for the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Dr. Silver received her doctorate from the University of Oxford, where she attended as a Rhodes Scholar and trained in genetics and immunology under the supervision of Professor Richard Cornall and Professor Sir John Bell. An accumulation of inspirations, including travelling through southern Africa after Oxford, led to a refocus towards global health. Witnessing both the strength of women to sustain their families and communities, and the vulnerability of these same women to the consequences of poverty inspired Karlee to apply herself to health issues of women in developing countries.
  • President & Chief Executive Officer, Mothers2mothers
    Frank Beadle de Palomo - President and Chief Executive Officer Frank has over 26 years experience in the global health community that includes significant achievements in HIV prevention, domestic and global care, research, and advocacy. Before joining m2m as CEO in 2012, Frank was Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health, Population, and Nutrition Group at FHI 360. Previously, Frank was Senior Vice President and Director of the Academy for Educational Development (AED), where he re-established the organization as a leader in global AIDS programmes. He also created and directed the National Council of La Raza ‘s Center for Health Promotion in the U.S.