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Big Data: An Introduction and Application in the Social Sector

Big data, as the name indicates, signifies a large set in the range of at least one terabyte of unstructured and structured data. The large set of data makes it difficult to handle with traditional methods. Instead, a unique set of techniques and algorithms are needed to exp...


Webinar alert! Rethinking Evaluation Design and Indicators for Women's Collectives

GENSA (Gender and Equity Network South Asia) is organizing a Webinar "Economic Empowerment with Women's Collectives: Rethinki...


Participatory Gender and Caste Reading of a Project: Reflections from a Rapid Monitoring Appraisal

In a small hamlet of four hundred and fifty families, neatly tucked away in the rural hinterlands of Tamil Nadu, despite a sig...


Facilitating Economies for Impact: Impact Capital, Social Enterprises, and Measurement

On 28th October 2021, the Evaluation Observatory hosted a webinar on Facilitating Economies for Impact: Impact Capital, Social Enterpri...

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  • Webinar 1

    15 July, 2021

  • Webinar 2

    12 August, 2021

  • Webinar 3

    28 September, 2021

  • Webinar 4

    28 October, 2021

  • Webinar 5

    29 November, 2021

Putting Communities at the Centre of Evaluation: Priorities and Challenges

Sonal Zaveri

Sonal Zaveri is currently Regional Co-Ordinator for Gender and Equity Network-South Asia (GENSA). She is also a Founder Member of the Community of Evaluators - South Asia.

Madhu Khetan

Madhu Khetan, Programme Director at Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), who brings along almost three decades long learnings and experiences as a development practitioner

Sita Sekhar

Sita Sekhar brings three decades of experience working in governance initiatives with a focus on Social accountability, M&E, and related areas, as a technical expert and trainer. She has previously worked with Public Affairs Centre, and as Executive Director of Public Affairs Foundation. She is currently an independent consultant working with organizations nationally and internationally.

Pradeep Narayanan

Pradeep Narayanan is Director, Research, Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices, New Delhi. He works on diverse themes, including community mobilisation, ethics and vaccine hesitancy. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Community Development Journal.

Building an Evaluation Ecosystem: Perspectives from Evaluation Associations

Rajib Nandi

Rajib Nandi is a founder of Evaluation Community of India (ECOI) and a member of Board of Directors, Community of Evaluators - South Asia. He has worked on a range of research projects funded by the Indian government, UN agencies and other national and international donor agencies.

Asela Kalugampitiya

Asela Kalugampitiya is a Sri Lankan lawyer, currently the President of both Sri Lanka Evaluation Association and the Asia Pacific Evaluation Association. Asela has been working in the Monitoring & Evaluation field over two decades including for international organizations such as International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation, International Development Law Organization, UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA, ILO and CARE International as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. He is the (honorary) Director- Center for Evaluation, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Ziad Moussa

Ziad Moussa is a multi-disciplinary development professional, managing complex evaluations across the Arab world and the Global South, in well over 40 countries. He was elected President of the International Organization of Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) between 2015 and 2017 and Co-Chair of EvalPartners between 2016 and 2018.

Rashmi Agrawal

Dr Rashmi Agrawal is an IPDET alumni, retired as Director from Government of India, now working as an independent M&E consultant with various national and international organizations. She is a Core Group member of Evaluation Community of India (ECOI), Ex Board member of IDEAS and a member of EvalGender+.

Walk the Talk: Do Gendered Evaluations Promote Human Rights?

Dr. Kala Peiris

Dr. Kala Peiris is the Director of Center for Women’s Research (CENWOR)  and the Sri Lanka Center for Development Facilitation (SLCDF). She is a university lecturer, and has more  than 25 years of experience in the development sector. She is the first Sri Lankan female Eisenhower Fellow. She holds a PhD in Business Administration and an LLM in Intellectual Property Rights.

Renu Khanna

Renu Khanna is the founder trustee of Society for Health Alternatives (SAHAJ), and has mentored community health and women's organizations. An Erasmus Mundus scholar, she has taught at KIT Amsterdam and QMU Edinburgh. She is on the governance structures of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, CommonHealth, Health Equity Network India (HENI), and is a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission for Gender and Global Health 2020-22. 

Avani Kapur

Avani Kapur is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research where she leads a research group known as Accountability Initiative working towards more Responsive Governance, a public system that is accountable to citizens in spirit and practice. She has over 13 years of experience in the area of governance, state capacity and public finance. As part of her work, she has been studying the implementation of key social sector programs such as health, nutrition, sanitation and education. She is a Tech4Good Fellow and part of the WICCI Council of Ethics. Avani is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in the United Kingdom and Smith College Massachusetts, USA

Facilitating Economies for Impact: Impact Capital, Social Enterprises, and Measurement

Maaike Bijker

Maaike Bijker is the Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist (Research) at UNICEF India. She leads the evaluations commissioned by UNICEF in India, and provides technical support to research, studies and monitoring activities. She leads UNICEF’s external capacity building efforts in M&E, supporting partnerships for evidence across all UNICEF programmatic domains. Before joining UNICEF, Maaike worked as a Senior Research Manager at J-PAL South Asia in Delhi, and has previously worked with Dalberg in London, SNEHA in Mumbai and the University of Cambridge, UK. Maaike holds a Masters from LSE, UK, and the University of Cambridge, UK

Aparajita Agrawal

Aparajita leads VFW on strategic design of gender and business innovation, focused on financial institutions, investors and other SME ecosystem actors. She brings over 18 years of experience in impact investing, social entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships and business development.. She was previously the India Director for the British Asian Trust and as a Co-founder and Director-Sankalp Forum at Intellecap where she established Sankalp as the leading global platform for impact investing in South and South-East Asia and East Africa. Aparajita has a management degree from IIFM, India. She lives in Goa, India


Ved Arya

Ved Arya founded the SRIJAN and the Buddha Fellowship Programme. He is the founding convener of the RCRC Coalition and a member of several policymaking bodies, including the Advisory Committee, Promotion of Producers’ Enterprises, and the Ministry of Rural Development. Ved is an aeronautical engineer from IIT Kanpur and a management graduate from IIM Ahmedabad. A Hubert Humphrey Fellow for the year 1990–91, he pursued further education at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and worked at the World Bank

Dr. Sabeena Mathayas

Dr. Sabeena Mathayas is a Senior Education Specialist with a Doctorate in Education Policy and Administration from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis MN. She brings over 15 years of experience working in higher education, TVET and skill development, and international education systems. She is currently Vice-President at Sambodhi Research and Communications. She is part of several advisory and knowledge councils in industry associations, ASSOCHAM, NASSCOM, and FICCI, as well as an impact mentor to early stage social enterprises. She has worked in the United States as a policy researcher and governance specialist for interventions ranging from ObamaCare’s MNSure Exchange, the Safe Harbor Law (Anti-Sex Trafficking), Immigration reform, and Charter School Governance. 

Peer Learning Panel: Education Programming for Child Protection: Rethinking Prevention, Rehabilitation and Policy Praxis

Suresh Kumar

Suresh Kumar is an Executive Director at the Centre DIRECT, working in women empowerment and child protection. It is rebuilding the lives of 700 child trafficking survivors, rescued from bangle-making factories situated across Jaipur. The organisation spearheads the Child Trafficking Survivors Movement in Bihar. He assists law enforcement agencies in rescuing victims, prosecuting traffickers and oppressive employers and builds capacity for police officials, judges, prosecution officers, lawyers, SSB officials, child protection functionaries, NGO workers, youth and media persons, among others. He has authored a book on the issue of child trafficking which is to be released next month. He is a recipient of Acumen Fellowship. Suresh has studied Law from Delhi University.  

S. Navin Sellaraju

Navin is the CEO of Railway Children India (RCI). Over the last 15 years, Navin has been instrumental in shaping the growth story of RCI and working towards making all Railway Stations child-friendly across India. His contributions range from incubating the fundraising and advocacy vertical at RCI, nurturing strategic relationships with the Government and creating strong child rights programme models. He has led the process of Railway Children's transition from a Liaison Office to a Section 8 Indian company and is building a resilient organisation. Navin has previously worked with youth at risk, raised funds to support geriatric work and supported factories in creating positive work environment.

Priti Mahara

 Priti Mahara is Director of Policy and Advocacy at CRY – Child Rights and You. She has 16 years of experience working on the social development issues with a focus on child rights, across India, South Asia and South East Asia in evidence based research, policy advocacy, program management and capacity building. She has worked with Plan International and SOSCV International and has also provided advisory and consulting services to many Bilateral, International, National and Grass root NGOs, corporate and companies.

P.M Nair

Dr. P.M. Nair is currently the TATA Chair Professor at TISS, Advisor to Chairperson, National Skill Building Mission, and former Director General of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). He has done his PhD in Victimology, and MA in Sociology. After 35 years of service in the IPS across the CBI, NHRC, UNODC, CRPF, etc., he retired on 31st May 2013 as the Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Director General of Civil Defence, Government of India. He is a powerful voice in the Anti-Human Trafficking mission and child rights in the region. Dr Nair is continuing his mission of empowering vulnerable persons by undertaking skill building programmes thereby preventing human trafficking.

Priti Patkar

Priti Patkar, is the co-founder and Executive Secretary of the NGO, Prerana, working to end intergenerational trafficking and protect rights of children. She pioneered the ‘Night Care Centre’ for the safety of children living in the brothel area which is the first of its kind in the world. Over the past 33 years, over 15000 children have benefited from comprehensive support. In 2009, Prerana was also awarded for its work on child protection by the Star Foundation, United Kingdom. Priti was also appointed on the central advisory Committee to combat trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation. In 1989, she received the Ashoka Fellowship from the Ashoka Foundation USA. She is also the recipient of the Nari Shakti Puraskar, awarded by the President of India. In July 2021, she was appointed Member of the Central Authority (NALSA).

Ramya Subrahmanian

Ramya is Chief of Child Rights and Protection at UNICEF-Innocenti. She is an international social policy analyst with extensive experience in research, policy advocacy, training and teaching. Previously she was Executive Director of Know Violence in Childhood, and, prior to that, she was social policy specialist at UNICEF India where she led research, policy analysis and advocacy in the areas of child-sensitive social protection, equity and social inclusion, and gender equality. She has been a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, where she conducted research on issues related to gender mainstreaming, women's rights, child labour and education, and on social policies for children in India. She also co-directed and taught the MA Programme in Gender and Development, and conducted evaluations and trainings for numerous international agencies. Dr Subrahmanian has a PhD in Development Studies and a MA in Gender and Development.

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