Rob lead two sessions on Friday 10th November:
At 11am in Madison B room, he shared insights from our impact evaluation of DFID’s Building Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE) programme. Recognising that capacity building and evidence-informed policy do not lend themselves to mainstream impact evaluation approaches, we applied a realist evaluation design to BCURE – Rob reflected on what we learnt using this approach, what worked, what didn’t and how others might apply this methodology in complex settings.
At 3.30pm in the Jefferson room, Rob was part of a panel discussing Itad’s evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Fund Advocacy Portfolio (GFAP). This evaluation used a theory-based approach that combined the use of a portfolio level theory of change and contribution analysis. The session reflected on the value of portfolio-level evaluations and the lessons learnt from evaluating advocacy in complex policy making processes.