“Evaluating Development Effectiveness”

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Reception: 5:30-6:30 EDT
Panel Discussion: 6:30-8:00 EDT

Development aid, a vital tool for promoting economic development and welfare, forms an important part of many governments’ foreign relations strategy. In 2016, the aid reached a new peak of $142.6 billion, according to official data collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Evaluation, as a tool that supports both accountability and learning, can be a key component in increasing the effectiveness of the development aid-funded programs. OECD/DAC defines development effectiveness as “the extent to which a given development intervention’s objectives were achieved, or are expected to be achieved, taking into account their relative importance.” This panel will bring together leaders in the evaluation function at Mercy Corps, the World Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to share their views on these questions:

  • How is the evaluation of development and/or humanitarian response different from other types of evaluations?
  • What are the key issues and trends in these types of evaluations today?
  • What lessons have been learned that funders/implementers/governments/beneficiaries and evaluators need to know?

This event will be co-sponsored with Washington Evaluators.


Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center
1750 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852


Tessie Catsambas, Associate Director at TEI and CEO of EnCompass LLC


Christie Getman, Director, Program Performance and Quality, Mercy Corps

Rasmus Heltberg, Lead Evaluation Specialist, World Bank

Melissa Patsalides, Director, Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research at USAID

Attendance is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to save your seat.

This special program has been planned to coincide with TEI’s July 2018 Program. Registration for TEI courses is NOT a prerequisite for attending the panel.


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