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Documenting Gender Impact in Uganda

Training in visual documentation techniques. A few months ago I trained staff of three district farmers associations (Hodfa, Madfa Mbabadifa) , three partners of Trias Uganda, in visual documentation techniques. Over the years the three district farmers associations implemented a … Continue reading

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Complexity season

Although discussions on ‘complexity’ never really waned,  lately the topic seems to gain momentum and attention as never before. Just to name a few: Within the Outcome Mapping Learning Community an interesting discussion is going on about the use of Outcome Mapping … Continue reading

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Viewing evaluation-videos underneath the mangotree

In the year 2012 I hardly had time to write blogs. One of the reasons was that I was engaged in a video-evaluation of the Community Agro-Enterprise Development Programme (CAEDP) in Uganda, with Trias Uganda and their partners Hodfa and … Continue reading

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Welcome to Capturing Development’s (blog) site

Through my company Capturing Development, I (Marlen Arkesteijn) support NGOs and research institutes active in the field of nature conservation, agriculture and poverty alleviation in planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) mechanisms that promote learning. The core of good monitoring and evaluation … Continue reading

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Systems thinking for evaluation once more!

Yesterday I attended the live webinar on ‘Systems Thinking for Equity-focused Evaluation’ organized by UNICEF, UNWOMEN, the Rockefeller Foundation and a bunch of other organisations and institutes that together formed MY M&E (a really awesome and informative website with all … Continue reading

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Maria Joao Pires & Evaluation Practice

What has Maria Joao Pires -the reknowed pianist- to with evaluation practice? Well, in first instance for most people likely nothing, but in my reality, or better,  in my brains Maria makes a great connection with evaluation. It is already … Continue reading

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Reading Michael Quinn Patton

Since I am writing an article on development cooperation and its M&E approaches, -and naturally to keep myself updated- I read Michael Quinn Patton’s latest book (2011) ‘Developmental Evaluation. Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use’, published by the … Continue reading

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Sector learning at IRC: Harvesting lessons and facilitating sector learning

From 5-7 April 2011 Barbara (Wageningen University/ Communication and Innovation Studies) and I conducted a workshop on sector learning for the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. During the workshop we tried -with the help of 5 coordinators of resource … Continue reading

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Systemic Approaches in Evaluation revisited

Somewhere I got lost in Germany, it seems. The GIZ Conference ‘Systemic Approaches in  Evaluation’ (25-26 January 2011) took me by surprise, and I still do not fully know what I should think about it. For instance, I did not … Continue reading

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