A publication from the World Bank shifts the conversation on the future of development needs away from a focus on poverty and toward a focus on inequality, emphasizing the structural issues of inequality. The book presents the work of development evaluators as to what we know about inequality, how it has been assessed, evaluated, and how to move the conversation forward in a productive manner. Unlike the evaluation literature on economics, where the focus on inequality is extensively analyzed and assessed, few development evaluators have specifically addressed inequality in their investigations. The evaluation community has focused more on alleviating poverty than on alleviating inequality. TEI Director, Ann Doucette contributed a chapter on addressing inequality and poverty in her evaluation of community empowerment in Jordan.
Measuring Human Capabilities: An Agenda for Basic Research on the Assessment of Individual and Group Performance Potential for Military Accession examines promising emerging theoretical, technological, and statistical advances that could provide scientifically valid new approaches and measurement capabilities to assess human capability. This report considers the basic research necessary to maximize the efficiency, accuracy, and effective use of human capability measures in the military’s selection and initial occupational assignment process. TEI Director, Ann Doucette is a member of the authoring committee for this report.
TEI is partnering with IMPAQ International (Implementing Partner) on a USAID funded project in Bosnia and Herzegovina (MEASURE BiH) to strengthen local M&E capacity and to develop a Center of Excellence (CoE) in evaluation and applied social science research in the Bosnian region. TEI will be working with IMPAQ International to provide evaluation training and consultation in support of a learning by doing instructional and mentoring approach. To initiate this effort, TEI provided a one-day M&E training overview to more than 250 individuals interested in participating in the CoE in three BiH cities (Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Mostar). Individuals participating in these sessions represented BiH universities, NGOs, bilateral/multilateral funders, independent evaluation consultants, medical and legal practitioners, etc. As noted, the function of the CoE is to build and strengthen sustainable evaluation and applied social science research expertise. While USAID has supported the development of Centers of Excellence in Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, this is the first Center of Excellence effort directed toward evaluation capacity building. TEI is proud to be a part of this important initiative. Stay tuned for more MEASURE BiH updates.