Meta-evaluation as Capacity Building for Evaluation Stakeholders

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dr. Robin Lin Miller—Professor Ecological-Community Psychology, MSU

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Caribbean Regional Program is a technical assistance program aimed at developing a sustained response to HIV in the Caribbean region. PEPFAR Caribbean represents a partnership effort of twelve Caribbean governments, two regional partners, and five U. S. government agencies (USAID, HRSA, CDC, Defense, Peace Corps). The aim of the partnership is to reduce HIV/AIDS incidence and prevalence in the Caribbean region, build the capacity of national governments to develop and maintain sustainable, comprehensive and effective national HIV/AIDS programs and strengthen the effectiveness of regional coordinating agencies and non-governmental organizations to provide quality, cost-effective goods and services to bolster national HIV/AIDS programs. A key goal area for the region is improving capacity to collect and use strategic information. I will describe how the PEPFAR Caribbean Regional Program improved the strategic information capacity of its U. S. government PEPFAR program managers through a meta-evaluation process that incorporated developmental elements. Specifically, I will present on how the U. S. government PEPFAR management team used a meta-evaluator to increase its capacity to commission and use evaluation and insure the quality of its mid-term evaluation. Specific steps in our meta-evaluation process will be described, including how the meta-evaluator used review of prior evaluations and current activities to help the team to assess readiness to commission a mid-term evaluation and prepare to select and work with a mid-term evaluation team. LOCATION: ELLSWORTH 4410 TIME: NOON-1PM

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