Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
American Evaluation Association 27th Annual Conference
1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC, USA 20009
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The theme of the 27th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association is ‘The State of Evaluation Practice in the Early 21st Century.’ Evaluation 2013 will take place October 14-19 at the Washington Hilton, and will feature more than 2,800 participants in over 650 professional development sessions and workshops. These workshops will offer the opportunity to look at a topic or skill of interest together with experts and facilitators from that field. Conference attendees will include representatives from the government and NGOs, academia, foundations, and the non-profit sectors. The conference is designed to provide learning to professionals at all stages of their careers.
Monitoring and Measuring Change in Market Systems–Rethinking the Current Paradigm, a synthesis of the discussions that were facilitated as a part of the Systemic Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) initiative of the SEEP Network between August and December 2012, will be presented at Evaluation 2013. The Systemic M&E initiative, coordinated by MaFI, a learning community within the SEEP Network, brought together practitioners and academics to explore the obstacles and challenges that field practitioners face when trying to monitor and evaluate changes in market systems using the current linear, top-down, rigid, mechanistic paradigm. The discussion also aimed to identify principles and guidelines that can bring donors and practitioners together to build systemic M&E frameworks and tools that produce not only relevant evidence about their impacts on markets systems, but also appropriate and timely information for field practitioners to navigate the fast changing and unpredictable landscape of market systems.
As is widely experienced, markets are not static, but in constant flux. The changes are not predictable and often surprising, even after thorough market analysis and strategic planning. Our interventions turn out results that were either unforeseen or unanticipated. This type of behavior creates specific challenges for monitoring and evaluation of development interventions. Changes in markets must be monitored and measured using approaches that embrace their dynamic and unpredictable nature. Advances in complexity sciences can provide useful principles and concepts to build the foundations of more effective and relevant monitoring and evaluation frameworks for both market and financial systems.