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We have solutions for Breaking the Walls that YEEs keep hitting when they try to enter the evaluation career path


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Team: Breaking the Walls

We have solutions for Breaking the Walls that YEEs keep hitting when they try to enter the evaluation career path

Jean Bosco Ndongo Bihina, Saruul Lundaa, Neha Sinha

 

Challenge Definition: 

How ca we help young and emerging evaluators

to actively contribute for the development outcomes through evaluation,

by building their capacity and network

 

Why are our solutions relevant?

We used Delphi method which rely on gaining the area experts thoughts, to identify the real challenges, the followed career path by them previously to break this challenge, and obtaining their proposed solutions for the YEEs to address this challenge. The power of this solution is coming from getting the best practical practice from the field experts!

 

Solutions: 

By listening carefully young and emerging evaluators as well as experienced evaluators, here are what we found that YYEs need the most:

1. Community of Practice (CoP):

Community of Practice is a platform to solve problems in participatory way with community members, by working with their peers on practical challenges, learning from senior evaluators and expanding their network for professional growth.

Members of CoP:

  • Young and emerging evaluators: 15-20 evaluators (there is no limit - flexible) 
  • Experienced senior evaluators: at least 2 evaluators 

Pillars of CoP:

  1. Working sessions to share challenges in their work and create solutions together
  2. Mentoring and internship program (young and emerging evaluators + experienced evaluators)
  3. Career development center
    • "Sharing is caring"  sessions - Senior evaluators to give advises on finding and securing jobs in the evaluation field
    • Publish articles under the supervision of senior evaluators
    • Information sessions on on-site and online training, advises and support for participation
    • Soft skills training

Solutions for creating supportive legal framework:

2. Involve young and emerging evaluators in the decision making process

  • Setting quotas for young and emerging evaluators

3. Supportive environment for more paid internship opportunities

4. Supportive environment for more volunteer opportunities

  • Especially in international NGOs

5. Involve more young and emerging evaluators in online trainings

  • Setting quotas for young and emerging, at least 20% of the participants
  • Reach and target young and emerging evaluators in online trainings
  • Certification from online trainings can improve their qualification for jobs in the evaluation field, and it is more accessible for young and emerging evaluators

6. Include young and emerging evaluators in evaluation

  • Setting quotas for young and emerging evaluators in evaluation teams

Rationale for the solutions:

We conducted interviews and questionnaires with young and emerging evaluators to get real insights, as well as experienced evaluators to gain experts thoughts and career path they followed to break the challenges:

Here are the main findings:

1. YEEs need peers of small group to help them to solve technical challenges that they are facing in their work

Challenges young and emerging evaluators face in their work (respondents allowed to choose multiple answers):

  • planning - 45% of the respondents
  • methodology - 45% of the respondents
  • data collection - 37% of the respondents
  • data analysis - 45% of the respondents
  • reporting - 36% of the respondents
  • other - 18% of the respondents

2. Challenges YEEs face get job include (respondents allowed to choose multiple answers):

  • having not enough experience – 69% of the respondents
  • lack of professional training – 53% of the respondents
  • lack of network in evaluation field – 38% of the respondents
  • soft skills – 23% of the respondents
  • not having professional degree in evaluation - 15% of the respondents

3.How do young and emerging evaluators build their skills

  • 73% of the respondents are building their skills “learning by doing”
  • on-site training - 55%
  • online training - 18%
  • network in the evaluation field - 9%
  • and they face challenges very frequently (24%), frequently (30%) and rarely (46%) in their work

4. On-site trainings are so beneficial for:

  • building network for YEEs, confirmed by 55% of the respondents
  • online trainings, evaluation committee and social media are also really beneficial for YEEs to expand their network

5. Networking is vital for YEEs find job. Networking help them to find jobs in the following:

  • providing recommendation letter – 57%
  • increasing the access for information on trainings and other opportunities – 43%
  • expanding their network – 43%

6. Young and emerging evaluators need community to solve their challenges: 

  • 73% of the total respondents prefer small community to solve practical challenges facing their work

 

 


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Young and emerging evaluators (YEE)

Young and emerging evaluators (YEE) often hit a hard brick wall when trying to find a job in evaluation: they are not hired because they don't have enough experience, but cannot gain experience if they are not hired. Furthermore, they are not been actively engaged in developmental discourse and discussion. How can we help YEE better enter the evaluation career path? How can they participate in post-Covid recovery and evaluation development agenda?

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