Capturing changes in women's lives: the experiences of Oxfam Canada in applying feminist evaluation principles to monitoring and evaluation practice
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. This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the Gender and Development website.