The College of Public Policy (CPP) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is hosting its inaugural research conference on evaluation research in the global south, in partnership with international, regional and national evaluation organizations. The conference is organized by the Program for Social Policy Evaluation and Research (PROSPER) at CPP, whose research agenda is aimed at benefiting social policy and evaluation research at the local, regional, and international level through education programs, research activities, and support for government departments, international organizations, civil society, and private sector bodies.
Held under the theme ‘Evaluation in the Global South: Looking to the Future’ the conference is the first of its kind that goes beyond Western-centric appraisals and presents a truly global south portrait.
The conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary audience with cross-country learning to enable them to better understand evaluation in different nations and different sectors across the global south.
The two-day virtual event will bring together over 50 high level researchers, academics, professionals, and students, ensuring that the latest research is reviewed and disseminated to the whole evaluation community in the global south. In addition, it will examine both prior developments and current states of evaluation across the global south, leading to a concluding comparison and synthesis.
The discussion will explore the progress of evaluation in the global south from various perspectives and provide the most up-to-date theorizing about how to practice evaluation amid the pandemic. It will also feature examples of evaluations of social programs and problems - including the strengths and weaknesses of the most popular and promising evaluation approaches - to help the audience determine when particular methods are likely to be most effective.
The conference will also launch a manifesto to meaningfully engage young people in evaluation research. It invites individuals and institutions, including governments, parliamentarians, VOPEs, United Nations agencies, evaluators, academia, private sector, and the development sector at large, to adopt a manifesto to advance meaningful youth engagement in evaluation.
To sign the manifesto: https://www.eval4action.org/youth-in-evaluation.