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Capturing changes in women's lives: the experiences of Oxfam Canada in applying feminist evaluation principles to monitoring and evaluation practice

Capturing changes in women's lives: the experiences of Oxfam Canada in applying feminist evaluation principles to monitoring and evaluation practice
19 pages

Authors
Miller, Carol
Haylock, Laura

Editors
Sweetman, Caroline
Journal
Gender & Development Volume 22 Issue 2 Gender, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Publication date
09 Jul 2014

DOI
10.1080/13552074.2014.920980

Publisher
Oxfam GB
Routledge

Type
Journal article

Current trends in the aid environment pose significant challenges for effectively evaluating gender equality and women's rights programmes. This requires approaches that can capture and tell the complex story of how gender power relationships are challenged and changed. This article describes Oxfam Canada's efforts to develop a mixed-methods approach to monitoring, evaluation, and learning rooted in feminist evaluation principles, for Engendering Change, a multi-year, donor co-funded ‘stand-alone’ women's rights programme. The approach we developed was shaped by the external aid environment with its results orientation, as well as by our aspirations to bring feminist principles to our monitoring and evaluation practice. The article describes our understanding of feminist evaluation and what we believed it offered to strengthen our approach to monitoring and evaluation. Three examples of evaluative exercises used in the Engendering Change programme are provided to demonstrate how we attempted to bring the principles of feminist evaluation into practice.

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