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Evaluate This! with Jonathan Simonetta and Keith Ives

A podcast exploring the community and culture of evaluation in international development.

The Evaluate This Podcast

Join co-hosts Jonathan Simonetta from IMPAQ International and Keith Ives from Causal Design for spirited conversations as they explore the community and culture of evaluation in international development.

Keith, Jonathan, and featured guests delve into the challenges of conducting impact evaluations, highlight successes, and expose some of the fault lines among donors, academics, independent researchers, NGOs, and others who share their vision of using rigorous evidence for program learning and adaptation.

Episodes

What do different stakeholders in international development mean when they refer to “monitoring and evaluation”? Where do research, collaboration, learning, and adaptation enter the picture? Jonathan Simonetta from IMPAQ International and Keith Ives from Causal Design demystify the language and lexicon of evaluation in international development.

Jonathan Simonetta and Keith Ives continue their conversation about differing interpretations of monitoring, evaluation, and other terms in the international development lexicon. They discuss the importance of rigorous impact evaluation using controls to gauge a program’s effectiveness in an unbiased way, and how to encourage innovation and new voices in the international development arena.

Tune in as Jonathan Simonetta from IMPAQ International and Keith Ives from Causal Design discuss the need to develop local resources in international development and the value of bringing in outside resources. You'll also hear from Nathan Ives from Causal Design, as he discusses his role and perspective as a country manager in Cambodia.

Tune in to another episode of Evaluate This! as Jonathan Simonetta from IMPAQ International and Keith Ives from Causal Design discuss the effects of COVID-19 on International Development.

Matt Klick, Director of Research and Learning at Causal Design, joins Jonathan Simonetta and Keith Ives for a discussion about complexity and what to do when traditional evaluation approaches don't fit complex situations.