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2010 Conference on Program Evaluation - Evaluating Partnerships

Evaluating Partnerships Track: Workshop Summaries and Presenter Information

1. Workshop Title: Implementation of Paris Declaration by USG Foreign Assistance Organizations
Organization: Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance, U.S. Department of State
Summary: Panel members will brief participants about an ongoing evaluation of the Paris Declaration implementation by U.S. government bilateral donor agencies. Speakers will discuss the evaluation’s focus, structure and design. Commitment to Paris Declaration principles at different levels, each agency’s capacity to implement the Paris Declaration and the steps that each has undertaken to enhance its capacity, and incentives and disincentives for implementing Paris Declaration principles are questions the evaluation will answer.
Proceedings: Session Transcript


Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImagePeter Davis
Peter B. Davis is presently acting Coordinator of the Office of Planning and Performance Management in the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance (F Bureau). The office is responsible for coordinating the monitoring and evaluation activities of USAID, State and other related agencies in order to assure the quality and quantity of foreign assistance performance management efforts. It is also the office responsible for the Performance Reports, Operational Plans, and Congressional Budget Justification Performance Report.
       Mr. Davis has over 40 years of experience in performance management including planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation. In 1966 he created USAID’s first monitoring and evaluation system which was the first system in the federal government. He received numerous awards for this effort.
       Mr. Davis has developed monitoring and evaluation systems for a variety of agencies and USAID Missions. He has conducted hundreds of evaluations at all levels and worked in 90 countries and every state.
       After his work with USAID Mr. Davis worked for the US poverty program (OEO) and both managed and evaluated programs including Community Action, VISTA, Job Corps and Head Start.
       In 1970 Mr. Davis founded a consulting firm. He served as President and CEO for over 30 years building up the firm to 300 employees. In his consulting work Mr. Davis worked extensively on evaluation for agencies such as USAID, Labor, HHS, Agriculture, Census and Treasury as well as many state and local governments. Over the years he served as a Project Director as well as in oversight and quality assurance roles. Some of the areas he worked in include strategic planning, evaluation, procurement, training, survey research, policy development, and organizational development. 
       Mr. Davis is presently a US representative to the DAC Evaluation Network and was elected to serve on the six country management group overseeing the Phase II evaluation of the Paris Declaration.
       Mr. Davis holds a BA and MA in Political Science from Miami University (Ohio). While doing his graduate work he taught International Politics. At present he sits on the Board of the College of Arts and Science.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageKrishna Kumar
Dr. Krishna Kumar, a senior social scientist in the Agency for International Development, is currently working at the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance at the State Department.
       From 1998 to 2006, Dr. Kumar directed a series of multi-country program evaluations. Prior to joining USAID in 1985, Dr. Kumar worked at the World Bank and the East West Center and taught at Michigan State University. In the course of his professional responsibilities, Dr. Kumar has looked at development programs in 35 countries all over the world. 
       Dr. Kumar has extensively published in a wide range of professional journals and written over thirty monographs and book length reports on a wide range of topics ranging from evaluation research, agricultural development, multinational firms, post conflict elections, political party assistance, reconstruction of Rwanda, social reconciliation in war-torn societies, women and women organizations in post conflict societies and international media assistance. 
       He has also written or edited thirteen books on evaluation research, development, democratization and war-torn societies. Two of his books (co-authored with Denis Casley) published by the World Bank through Johns Hopkins University Press have been translated in French and Spanish. His most recent edited books are “Rebuilding Societies after Civil Wars” (1996) "Post conflict Elections, Democratization and International Assistance" (1998), “Women and Civil War: Impact, Organizations and Action” (2001), and “International Assistance and Democratization in Post conflict Societies” (2006) co-edited with de Zeeuw. All are published by published by Lynne Reiner Publications. His latest book “Promoting Independent Media: Strategies for Democracy Assistance” was published in early 2006.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageRichard Blue
For thirty years as a Senior Foreign Service Officer, a foundation executive, and independent consultant, Dr. Richard Blue has developed and managed evaluation systems as well as conducted over 30 evaluations and other analytic services relevant to improving the results, impact, and sustainability of development programs. He is currently the Vice President for Evaluation Services at Social Impact where he also serves as the Senior Technical Advisor on USAID Evaluation Services IQCs. In the last four years with Social Impact, has worked on numerous USAID monitoring and evaluation projects, and is currently the team leader of the USG Paris Declaration Evaluation.
       During his fifteen year career with USAID, Dr. Blue created and supervised the USAID Impact Evaluation Program which broke new ground in the application of mixed method, participatory rapid appraisal approaches to determining ex-post of completed USAID programs, and he was instrumental in the formation of USAID Center for Information and Evaluation. Dr. Blue has conducted complex, mixed method evaluations in 23 countries covering nearly all regions of the world.
       In addition to his evaluation and analytic work, he is also an expert in rule of law, civil society and democracy development. Dr. Blue is an experienced manager and teacher of adult training programs. He developed and ran the highly regarded USAID Development Studies Program, and later co-taught evaluation principles and methods in the USAID sponsored Evaluation Certificate Course. He has a PhD in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University in California and taught Political Science and South Asian Studies at the University of Minnesota before joining USAID.

2. Workshop Title: Strategies to Improve the Effectiveness of Evaluation of Nonprofit Social Service Providers
Organization: George Washington University
Summary: The panel presentation will discuss issues related to evaluating non-governmental organization performance and using such results. Three collaborators will discuss strategies from field research to promote the usefulness of evaluations and share potential solutions to improve the use and usefulness of evaluation processes and findings. Panel members will provide an overview of the issues facing evaluation in the development context and share findings from Egypt and Colombia experiences.
Proceedings: Session Transcript


Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageDr. Kathryn Newcomer
Kathryn Newcomer is a the Director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she is also the Co-Director of the Midge Smith Center for Evaluation Effectiveness, home of The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI), She teaches public and nonprofit, program evaluation, research design, and applied statistics. Dr. Newcomer has published five books, Improving Government Performance (1989), The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation (1994, 2nd edition 2004), Meeting the Challenges of Performance-Oriented Government (2002), Getting Results: A Guide for Federal Leaders and Managers (2005), Transformational Leadership: Leading Change in Public and Nonprofit Agencies, (June 2008), a volume of New Directions for Public Program Evaluation, Using Performance Measurement to Improve Public and Nonprofit Programs (1997), and numerous articles in journals including the Public Administration Review.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageDr. Laila El Baradei
Dr. Laila El Baradei is Associate Dean for the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Visiting Professor of Public Administration at the Public Policy and Administration Department, the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
       Dr. El Baradei received her Ph.D. in public administration from Cairo University in 1998. Her areas of teaching and research include strategic management, development management, international cooperation and governance.

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageDr. Sandra Garcia
Sandra Garcia is Assistant Professor at the School of Government at the University of Los Andes in Colombia, where she teaches Policy Evaluation, Quantitative Methods, and Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy. She conducts research on program and impact evaluation, as well as social policy, particularly child and family policy. She Garcia earned her PhD in Social Work at Columbia University in 2007 and her MPA in 1999 from the same university.

3. Workshop Title: Smart Power - Integrating & Evaluating the Instruments of National Power
Organization: Booz/Allen/Hamilton
Summary: Booz Allen will conduct an interactive simulation that employs a Smart Power approach to a hypothetical U.S. national security scenario. The scenario will highlight evaluation’s critical role in agency actions developing, implementing and monitoring the U.S. government’s collective response. Senior Booz Allen leadership will lead this highly interactive session. A leading strategy and change consultant will assist each breakout group with the behavior changes and strategic thinking reorientation necessary to evaluate a Smart Power approach to a national security situation from a diplomacy and development perspective.
Proceedings: Session Transcript


Date: 04/26/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageJohnathan (Jon) Allen
Jon is a Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategy and technology consulting firm, managing the firm’s strategic risk, information, and mission assurance capabilities for defense and intelligence community clients—focusing primarily on the Unified Combatant Commands. He also is one of the managers coordinating the firm’s investment in supporting the integration of defense, diplomacy, and development “Smart Power” capabilities.
       From 2002-2008, Jon supported the intelligence community with crisis, contingency, and risk management – specifically with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where he served as the Program Manager for a $70M, program providing information assurance, risk, computer network operations, continuity, and crisis manager for the NGA leadership. Other clients he has supported include the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Iran Mission Manager developing their crisis management plan following the 2006 Iran/British Hostage Crisis, the Department of Homeland Security in developing risk-informed decision making approaches for the senior leadership, US Northern Command in identifying risks to its critical infrastructure used in times of national crisis, and as an instructor teaching risk management for defense and intelligence clients. In 2009, Jon assumed the role as the information and mission assurance market leader for the firm’s Unified Combatant Command (UCC) accounts supporting the UCCs world-wide and focusing on interagency processes between defense, development, and diplomacy. His staff supports the State Department, the DoD Chief Information Officer, NGA, ODNI, US Africa Command, US European Command, US Central Command, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and classified clients. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Jon served as a Ranger-Qualified, U.S. Army Infantry Officer with assignments in Georgia, Korea, Washington DC, and Texas. While serving in Korea, Jon was selected to serve with the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment – the Old Guard – Escort to the President. While in the Old Guard, the Army selected Jon to serve as an US Army Social Aide to President Clinton -- serving as the senior aide the last eleven months. After serving in the Old Guard, and prior to joining Booz Allen, Jon commanded of a Bradley Infantry Company with the 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas. Jon is a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations and a Visiting Fellow for Norwich University’s School of Social Sciences. He is also member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Eagle Scout Association, and the Council on Emerging National Security Affairs; and a certified Business Continuity Planner with the Disaster Recovery Institute International. He earned his BA from Norwich University in 1994 as a Distinguished Military Graduate, and earned an MA with honors from Georgetown University in 2006.

Date: 04/26/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageRichard Jaskot
Rich Jaskot hails from Berwyn, Illinois. He graduated in 1975 from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a BS in Mathematics and was commissioned as an Ensign, USN, through the Naval ROTC program. He completed a 31 year career, retiring from the active roles of the Navy in 2006. He is a Booz Allen Hamilton Principal managing the firm’s support to US Africa Command and is a senior leader over the firm’s business with US European Command, NATO, and to Global Peace Operations Initiatives with a focus on Africa.
      In October 1977, after completion of Naval Flight Officer School and initial training in the A-6, he was assigned to VA-85, embarking in USS FORRESTAL (CV 59). He then joined Air Test and Evaluation Squadron FIVE (VX-5) in China Lake, CA, as Test Director, conducting test and evaluation of aircraft defensive electronic warfare systems. He returned to sea as Staff Strike Operations and Weapons Officer for Commander, Carrier Group FOUR, and then returned to squadron flying in VA-75. His first command was Medium Attack Weapons School, Atlantic; and his first command at-sea was VA-34, the A-6 squadron in Carrier Air Wing SEVEN (CVW-7) from August ‘91 - August ‘92. Rear Admiral Jaskot returned to Carrier Air Wing SEVEN (CVW-7) as Deputy Commander in September 1997, making the maiden overseas deployment of USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). He assumed CVW-7 Command in February 1999, deploying in USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf where CVW-7 aircraft flew in support of Operations KFOR (Kosovo) and Southern Watch (So. Iraq).
      Rear Admiral Jaskot's non-flying shore duty included Head, Aviation Placement Office, Bureau of Naval Personnel, where he led the planning and execution of placing the first women in combat aviation squadrons and in aviation ships and staffs. Other significant shore tours were, the Joint Staff J-7, Operational Plans and Training Directorate as Chief, Evaluation Branch; and the Joint Staff J-34 Combating Terrorism Deputy-Directorate as Chief, Training, Doctrine and Assessments Division. He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) where he received his Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy, graduating in June 1995. In August 2000 he became a Fellow, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG) in Newport, RI. There he supported the CNO, Admiral Vern Clark by leading a team investigating potential Human Resources Management systems that would be complimentary to the future FORCEnet Navy. While serving as an SSG Fellow, Rear Admiral Jaskot was selected and promoted to Flag Officer rank. His first Flag posting was Deputy Director, Plans and Policy, U.S. European Command, ECJ-5. Highlights of his time in EUCOM included: being the senior military member of a U.S. Government inter-agency team formulating the U.S. position leading to the invitation of seven NATO-Aspirant nations to join NATO at the Prague Summit in November 2002; and being the senior U.S. representative coordinating with the Polish Joint Staff, as they assumed lead of a then 19-nation Multi-National Division providing stability operations with the U.S. in post-conflict Iraq. He become the Commandant of the National War College, in the fall of 2003, and during his tenure as Commandant, he was instrumental in improving the international and inter-agency attendance of students, and increased participation of Agency Principals and foreign dignitaries in lecture and seminar programs. He concluded his command tour at the National War College in January, 2006 before joining Booz Allen.

Date: 04/26/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageRodney Bent
A Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Advisor, Rodney Bent works in the firm’s diplomacy and international development business. Before joining Booz Allen in 2009, Mr. Bent was Acting Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a Federal agency that extends grants to poor countries. Mr. Bent was responsible for designing and implementing the strategic and operational plans that took the MCC from a small start up agency to a mature organization. He led the agency’s efforts to streamline its internal processes and help set new standards for accountability and transparency in its work. In addition to his internal responsibilities, Mr. Bent testified before Congress, signed several MCC agreements with foreign governments and worked in numerous inter-agency settings within the U.S. Government. Prior to his work at the MCC, Mr. Bent was a professional staff member at the House Appropriations Committee, where he worked on budget and policy issues involving international development. From 2003 to 2004, he served as the Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Finance and the Iraqi Ministry of Planning for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq. Mr. Bent spent 20 years at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, where his final position was Deputy Associate Director for the International Affairs Division. In that capacity, Mr. Bent was responsible for budget, management and policy recommendations for the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development and other Federal agencies working on international issues. While at OMB, he was awarded the ranks of Distinguished Executive (2001) and Meritorious Executive (1997) in the Senior Executive Service. Mr. Bent also held positions at Bankers Trust Company and at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Mr. Bent has an M.B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and an A.B. from Cornell University.

Date: 04/26/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageCheryl Steele
Ms. Steele is an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton. She is originally from Maynard, Massachusetts. She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a BA in Political Science and Economics and holds a MA in Political Science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Steele served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer from 1996 through 2004 where she was a Political Officer with the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. She had several overseas assignments at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan and Cairo, Egypt and supported the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Domestically, Ms. Steele served as the Syria Desk Officer and the Special Assistant to then Assistant Secretary of State William J. Burns. Ms. Steele has more than 13 years of professional experience in the areas of strategic planning, communications, foreign policy, the Middle East, and the inter-agency process. She is a leader of Booz Allen Hamilton’s business with the U.S. Department of State and supports its work across the Middle East. Recent projects for Booz Allen include managing the 2008 Palestine Private Investment Conference in Bethlehem, West Bank; Subject Matter Expertise for the Department of State’s Office of Global Partnership Initiatives; Project Manager to Secretary of State Rice’s Advisory Committee for Transformational Diplomacy; and Program Manager for a review of the Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance. Currently, Ms. Steele co-manages Booz Allen’s Smart Power Executive Committee.

4. Workshop Title: Measuring by Learning in Peacebuilding
Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Summary: Catholic Relief Services will share their Globally-Accepted Indicators (GAIN) initiative, a methodology the group developed to assist field staff in selecting and using indicators. Speakers will discuss two GAIN templates, created to fit different sector needs: social cohesion (peace building) and equity (governance, civil society). Speakers will show how a focused quantitative indicator can effectively monitor larger concepts of change when accompanied by good contextual information and qualitative data. It will demonstrate how its emphasis validating the associated theory of change benefits both project learning and implementation. In this interactive discussion, speakers will use feedback to influence further indicator development.
Proceedings: Session Transcript


Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageAaron M. Chassy
Mr. Aaron Chassy is a specialist in good governance and civil society with more than 20 years of experience (8 of which have been overseas) designing and managing programs in 30 countries worldwide as well as in the United States. His areas of technical expertise include decentralization and democratic local governance, implementing participatory policy reform and civil society development. Mr. Chassy has served as a USAID Democracy & Governance Officer, working both in USAID/Washington and abroad, in USAID/Guinea. His innovative approaches to democratic local governance helped integrate civil society strengthening programs across the Mission’s multiple technical sectors to increase the viability of community-based organizations as well as the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of locally-elected district councils.
       In addition to his work overseas, Mr. Chassy has extensive hands-on experience working as a national advocacy campaign manager, serving as the international campaign coordinator for the U.S.-based National Wildlife Federation. During his tenure there he organized and managed two major advocacy campaigns focused on U.S. foreign and trade policy reform, which provided critical grassroots support for increased foreign assistance funding levels and the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, respectively,
       For the past nine years, Mr. Chassy has worked with several USAID implementing partners, including both for- and non-profit organizations, focusing primarily on policy analysis and design, municipal management, integrated rural development, public sector reform, and anticorruption initiatives. His assignments combined high-level technical advisory services to ongoing projects overseas with program management and with business development at headquarters.
       At present, Mr. Chassy serves as a Senior Technical Advisor for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), applying best practices and lessons learned to increase programs quality in governance and civil society in a half dozen country programs worldwide. These programs build citizen consensus and social cohesion at the community level; increase the capacity of both faith-based and secular civil society organizations to promote civic engagement; and link government response to citizen-led demands for more equitable access to quality public services.
       Mr. Chassy earned his Master's in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government where he was a Phorzheimer Fellow for Non-Profit Leadership and earned the Peter A. Lewis award for outstanding thesis, which developed and tested a survey instrument to measure the benefits to local communities of sustainable commercial wildlife production. His publications include articles in the Foreign Service Journal, America Magazine, Research Global, and letters to the editor in the Washington Post.


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