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Approaches to evidence for social accountability. Realist Evaluation: What is it and what does it offer?

April 16th, 2019, 07:00 am EDT

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About the Webinar

Part 2 of a 3-webinar series on findings and lessons from the recent evaluation of the “Citizen Voice and Action for Government Accountability and Improved Services: Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Health Services” project in Indonesia. The first webinar discussed how the project’s social accountability mechanisms strengthened public health systems, improved health outcomes, impacted local power dynamics and helped empower women.

A realist evaluation found that this social accountability project improved health outcomes by strengthening public health systems and impacting local power dynamics, and that it helped to empower women.

But what is Realist Evaluation (RE)? What does it offer to the evaluation of social accountability initiatives?

In this webinar, we will take a deeper dive into the RE methodology with a global expert, Gill Westhorp. Gill will explain what is distinct in RE from other evaluation methodologies, and how those principles were put into action in the project. Andreas Sihotang, former project manager, and Elvi Adelina Tambunan, Wahana Visi evaluation specialist and translator for the project, will talk about the practicalities of collaborative, capacity building realist evaluation.

The webinar will cover:

  1. 1. Principles of Realist Evaluation
  2. 2. Specific methods used in the evaluation, including adaptation of Most Significant Change stories for use in realist evaluation
  3. 3. Practical evaluation realities – what made it work?

 


Details on further webinars in the series and the e-discussion

The first webinar in the series, held on March 12, 2019, discussed how the project’s social accountability mechanisms strengthened public health systems, improved health outcomes, impacted local power dynamics and helped empower women. Watch a recording and find the speakers’ presentation on the webinar page.

The third webinar in the series, tentatively planned for July, will focus on women’s empowerment. It will provide information from three social accountability research and evaluation projects, including the Wahana Visi project.

If you’d like to be notified about the 3rd webinar, be sure to sign up for the GPSA KP’s newsletter.

 

About our speakers

Prof. Gill Westhorp is the Director of Community Matters, a consultancy company specialising in realist research and evaluation methods. She is also a Professorial Research Fellow at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University (CDU), where she leads the Realist Research Evaluation and Learning Initiative (RREALI). RREALI develops realist methodology and methods, undertakes realist research and evaluation, provides education, consultancy and professional development services, and supervises post-graduate students. Gill is a co-author of the international standards for realist evaluation and realist review. She holds a PhD in Social Research Methods from the Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Andreas Sihotang was the Project manager of the GPSA-funded project: Citizen Voice and Action for Government Accountability and Improved Services: Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Health Services. The project aims to engage and empower citizens to provide feedback to government and service providers regarding the performance of public services, especially related to health services. Andreas is a practitioner, researcher, facilitator, and trainer in the area of international development, peacebuilding and social accountability with more than 15 years of experience. Andreas holds a master’s degree in Conflict Transformation with a concentration in Peacebuilding and Development, from the Center for Justice and Peace (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, US. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Elvi Adelina Tambunan is a Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation specialist at Wahana Visi Indonesia who provided technical M&E support for the GPSA-funded project. Elvi has developed her capacity to employ realist evaluation approach particularly during her engagement with the GPSA project and is now enthusiatically sharing the knowledge within the organization and NGOs circle around Indonesia i.e. Save the Children, Plan, Childfund, SOS Village, etc. Elvi is a practioner and researcher in the area of international development with more than 10 years experience with a master’s degree in Development Studies, from the University of Queensland, Australia.

 

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