Policy Dialogue on Global Experiences in Institutionalizing Government M&E Systems

February 2014

In recent years, there has been a growing demand to measure the impact of social and economic programs. Governments are now pushing for more robust and rigorous monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of government programs, and are encouraging the institutionalization of these systems. With the upcoming launch of the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) in India, marks a major step forward in institutionalizing M&E systems into government. There is scope to learn from experiences in other countries, identify challenges, and discuss recommendations for setting up and strengthening government M&E systems in India.

The CLEAR South Asia policy dialogue will present and draw on global experiences in institutionalizing M&E systems for evidence-based decision-making. Leading experts from Latin America, USA and India will share their experiences, challenges and lessons in establishing and bolstering evaluation systems to enhance government decision-making and transparency. They will highlight best practices, recommendations and, emerging opportunities relevant for the Indian context.

The panelists include Dr. Ajay Chhibber, Director General of India's Independent Evaluation Organisation (IEO), Planning Commission, Dr. Gonzalo Hernández Licona, Executive Director of the Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), Dr. Gabriela Pérez Yarahuán, Professor-Researcher at the Social and Political Science Department at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico and Visiting Scholar, CLEAR Latin America and Marc Shotland, Director of Training at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The panel will be chaired by Dr. A.K. Shivakumar, Member, India’s National Advisory Council.

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