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Évaluation & équité

UNICEF is mobilized around an agenda for equity.  The organization is sharpening its programmes to achieve stronger results for those who need them most.  To be able to do this in an effective and efficient manner, a strengthened focus on evaluation is needed.  While this is the right way to go, it poses important challenges and opportunities to the evaluation function.  How does one strengthen the capacity of Governments, organizations and communities to evaluate the effect of interventions on equitable outcomes for marginalized children?  What are the evaluation questions to assess interventions that are relevant and are having an impact in decreasing inequity, are achieving equitable results for children, and are efficient and sustainable?  What are the methodological implications in designing, conducting, managing and using equity-focused evaluations?

The new publication "How to design and manage Equity-focused evaluations" [PDF], which can also be found in MyM&E represents a first attempt to address these questions. The publication starts by defining equity, why it matters and why it is so urgent now.  It then explains what an equity-focused evaluation is, explaining what its purpose should be and potential challenges in its promotion and implementation.  The second part of the handbook explains how to manage equity-focused evaluations, presenting the key issues to take into account when preparing for equity-focused and developing the Terms of Reference.  The booklet also includes potential equity-focused evaluation questions, how to design the evaluation, including identifying the appropriate evaluation framework, evaluation design and appropriate methods to collect data; and how to ensure the evaluation is used. Finally the document addresses how to conduct equity-focused evaluations under real-world constraints. 

For further resources on equity-focused evaluations including a series of webinars and case studies, please to go knowledge platform, MyM&E.