2015 has been declared the Year of International Evaluation–a year to promote evaluation and evidence-based decision-making at international, regional, national, and local levels. The year of evaluation declared at the Third International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities in 2013, is meant to encourage organizations and governments to measure and assess the successes and downfalls of their current practices in order to continue making progress and improving upon their work in the future.
EvalPartners and the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) identified 2015 as a strategic year for focusing on evaluation in order to mainstream evaluation in the post-2015 development agenda at the international and national levels.
As part of the International Year of Evaluation, The Hunger Project will continue to monitor and evaluate our programs and epicenters in 11 countries and over 17,000 communities around the world. The Hunger Project believes that monitoring and evaluation is an essential part of understanding the extent of our interventions’ impact at the community level. Because our work is done through a bottom-up approach, we regularly measure and assess The Hunger Project’s epicenter programs in order to understand the successes we have achieved to date.
As an organization grounded in grassroots advocacy and international development from the bottom up, The Hunger Project empowers participants in our programs as both collectors and consumers of data, through participatory monitoring and evaluation methods. The goal of our participatory M&E system is to recognize what works, what does not work, and why, and create a feedback loop that directly connects our project performance with community expectations and goals.
The Hunger Project’s program countries have diligently been tracking activities and output indicators on a quarterly basis since 2008. The Hunger Project has been simultaneously developing rigorous impact and outcome indicators to better measure long-term progress towards our goals.
In 2015, The Hunger Project asks that other organizations and governments join in the effort to evaluate their individual efforts and our collective impact. Together, through monitoring and evaluation, we can make the International Year of Evaluation a turning point in international development.
Learn more about The Hunger Project’s Monitoring and Evaluation initiatives.
Read Data by the People, for the People: Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation at The Hunger Project