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January 08, 2019
When implementing programs focused on women’s empowerment, IRI recognizes that there is no one way to empower women. Cultural, political and economic norms vary from country to country and region to region, which affects what is both feasible and desirable for... Read More
December 03, 2018
With the growing emphasis on monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), IRI is committed to constantly improving and adapting our MEL efforts. Evaluation 2018 offered hundreds of workshops and... Read More
October 03, 2018
This August, IRI’s Office of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (OMEL) brought together 27 staff from 20 field offices and DC to the first MEL Summer Institute to learn about the foundations and new trends of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL).  The... Read More
April 24, 2018
Research and Development is a semi-regular feature on Democracy Speaks that highlights cutting edge, peer-reviewed research that is particularly relevant for Democracy, Human... Read More
November 14, 2017
Last week, IRI joined more than 4,000 evaluators, academics, international development practitioners and evaluation users from around the world at the 31st annual American Evaluation Association conference in Washington. The theme of this year’s conference was “From Learning to Action,” which... Read More
July 26, 2016
Last week, I was asked to be on a panel on “Utilization of Evidence and Research” at the USAID Democracy, Rights and Governance Partners’ Forum.  I spent some time during my presentation talking about complexity-aware approaches, and how to make sure that evidence stays relevant in the... Read More
June 06, 2016
If you work in international development, chances are you’ve been there – in a meeting, on a call, or over email where some person starts going on about why your project’s anticipated outcomes are really more like higher level outputs and the logic model needs to be built out to better reflect the... Read More
April 11, 2016
What do marshmallows tell us about development? More than you think. One central tension in our line of work is between providing ready-made solutions and taking local context into account. At IRI, our approach includes an appreciation for how quickly developing political systems can change... Read More
March 30, 2016
On February 28, 2016, after traveling for over 20 hours, I finally landed in Washington, DC from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as part of a three-day International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Scholars Conference with my counterparts in IRI’s field offices around the... Read More
March 23, 2016
(IRI’s M&E Scholars Program is an intensive course designed to help field-based M&E specialists to better understand, design and apply cutting edge concepts, methods and practices to their work. The program includes a condensed three day workshop in Washington DC, which is what James writes... Read More