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GMEF Accra Forum 2016 Presentations

Following from the 2015 EvalYear activities, GMEF was involved in a number of important events in 2016; both in Ghana and abroad on the international scene. These were:

1. The National Evaluation Policy Dialogue held at the Accra International Conference Centre on 6th April, 2016.


2. The AfrEA/USAID/QED Peer-To-Peer (P2P) Learning Exchanges between selected, African VOPEs that are meant to strengthen their capacities and networks within Civil Society Organisations in the VOPE countries. GMEF was in a mentorship programme with the Zimbabwe Evaluation Association (ZEA). The exchange was in 2 phases, comprising a visit to Ghana by ZEA and then a return visit from GMEF to Zimbabwe from 28th September to 30th September and from 26th October to 31st October, respectively.


3. GMEF Forum on “Using M&E to fight Corruption” in Tamale on 29th September, 2016.


4. GMEF’s participation in South Africa’s Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation’s (DPME) 5th International Knowledge Sharing Workshop and CLEAR’s Training on “Evidence-Based Policy-Making and Implementation” from October 19 to October 26, 2016. Both events were held in South Africa.


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GMEF Meets Zimbabwe Evaluation Association (ZEA) In A Peer to Peer Learning Exchange in Accra & Tamale

From the 28th to 30th September 2016, a three member delegation from the Zimbabwe Evaluation Association (ZEA) participated in a 3 day peer to peer learning exchange In Ghana with the Ghana Monitoring and Evaluation Forum (GMEF).

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[AfrEA] Evaluations that make a difference: evaluations stories around the world

A post published in https://evaluationstories.wordpress.com/

Para leerlo en Español: https://albordedelcaos.com/


Truth, naked and cold, had been turned away from every door in the village.

Her nakedness frightened the people. When Parable found her, she

was huddled in a corner, shivering and hungry. Taking pity on her, Parable

gathered her up and took her home. There, she dressed Truth in Story,

warmed her, and sent her out again. Clothed in Story, Truth knocked again

at the villagers’ doors and was readily welcomed into the people’s houses.

They invited her to eat at their table and to warm herself by the fire.

story telling What is the value of evaluation?  What factors contribute to making an evaluation more or less valuable? What are the benefits and how are they expressed or measured? How can they be described so that they make sense to citizens and to policy makers? Can stories provide a good way of communicating evaluation findings?

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The Ghana Monitoring and Evaluation Forum (GMEF) in conjunction with the National Planning Commission (NDPC) and with support from UNICEF, organized a dialogue which brought together national stakeholders to deliberate on the issue of formulating a national evaluation policy. The discussions which began at 9:30 am at the Accra International Conference Centre sought to establish the modalities for the development of an effective and efficient national evaluation policy, through dialogue.

GMEF’s large body of Monitoring and Evaluation specialists were joined by other stakeholders from various governmental agencies, academia, the private sector and the media. The dialogue was attended by about one hundred and sixty-five (165) participants.

Mrs. Dede Bedu-Addo the National Coordinator for GMEF opened the dialogue with a brief welcome address. She stated that the purpose of the dialogue was to gather inputs from practitioners and also stakeholders including academia, private sector, government MMDAs and MDAs for the development of a national policy on evaluation. Download Full Report Here

The opening prayer was offered by Rev. Stephen Yaw Osei. Nana Opare Djan, the Deputy Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at NDPC, then introduced the chairperson for the occasion, Dr. Esther Ofei-Aboagye, Vice Chairperson of NDPC.

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EVALYEAR, 2015 NATIONAL LAUNCH REPORT THEME: Strengthening Evaluation for Better Development Results in Ghana Thursday, 2nd July, 2015 Alisa Hotel, Accra.

The Special Guests

The UN declared 2015 the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) at the Third International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities, that was organised in São Paulo, Brazil, from 29th September to 2nd October 2013. EvalYear 2015 is meant to coincide with the final year of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which will be replaced with a new set of internationally agreed goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It is therefore important for countries, including Ghana, to comprehensibly evaluate what has been achieved so far with regards to the MDGs, and also use this time to advocate and promote evaluation and evidence-based policy. Evaluators, evaluation managers and policy makers from all over the world are therefore to celebrate Evaluation and the way they have linked with one another to promote the demand, supply and use of equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluation in policy and programme decisions.

EvalYear Torch lit in Ghana

In Ghana, the Ghana Monitoring & Evaluation Forum (GMEF), in collaboration with UNDP, NDPC, AfrEA and UNICEF, has planned a number of events to commemorate the year. One of such events is the national launch of the EvalYear. This report therefore presents what transpired during the national launch event.


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