Round table: «Practical and methodological problems of Russian IDA programs assessment»

On June 6, 2018 Center for Strategic Research (CSR) in partnership with RANEPA hosted a round table devoted to issues of programmes and projects in the field of international development assistance (IDA) assessment. The Round table was attended by representatives of government agencies involved in Russian IDA programs and projects (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, The Presidential Executive Office, Rossotrunichestvo, Center for Strategic Research), representatives from expert community (Process Consulting Company, Association of Specialists in Program and Policy Evaluation, Russian Association of Statisticians, EDSG) and academic community (RANEPA, MSU), as well as experts from international organizations (World Bank).

During the round table experts discussed practical and methodological issues of Russian IDA programs and projects assessment, as well as issues of stating national evaluation system and community of practitioners for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of Russia IDA programs and projects.

EDSG executive director and member of EVALSDGs network, performed a presentation «Methodological aspects of the assessment: interaction and cooperation». During his presentation, expert highlighted the importance of building community of practitioners in sphere of M&E and he told about specific tools of communication and knowledge-sharing. He presented new online sharing-knowledge site M&E site is a source of information and tool for communication.

Representatives of the expert community, Alexey Kuzmin, Process Consulting Company CEO, and Natalia Kosheleva, Board member of the Association of Specialists in Program and Policy Evaluation (ASPPE), performed presentations on practical aspects and methodological approaches to evaluation of IDA programmes, main challenges and opportunities in this sphere.

The round table became a second event on M&E issues. The first round table «Assessement of Russian’s foreign economic activities» took place on December 7, 2017.