Evaluating for Innovation: Gateway Academy’s Developmental Evaluation Approach


18 March 2019 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
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How do you effectively conduct evaluation in a dynamic and complex environment?  How can evaluation support and inform innovation? In this webinar, Gateway Academy, along with its evaluation partner IMC Worldwide shared how they used a developmental evaluation approach to address these challenges. Discussion covered:

  • What is developmental evaluation?
  • What are its benefits?
  • What types of projects can benefit from a developmental evaluation approach?

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    Thom Sinclair

    Thom Sinclair | Senior Operations Officer | CGAP/Gateway Academy

    Thom Sinclair leads CGAP's Gateway Academy, a MasterCard Foundation initiative aimed at building capacity for inclusive financial service providers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining CGAP, Thom was a Senior Knowledge Management and Learning Advisor and the Program Cycle Capacity Building Team Lead with USAID’s Policy, Planning and Learning Bureau. Thom has an MPA from Rutgers in International Public Service and Development and an MA in Political Science from Georgia State University.

    Kristy Amacker

    Kristy Amacker | Consultant | CGAP/Gateway Academy

    Kristy Amacker is a knowledge management specialist and web strategist with CGAP’s Gateway Academy. Kristy has worked with USAID on a range of online knowledge management initiatives. Prior to her work with USAID, Kristy advised educational organizations on their online presences and applications. These included United Way Worldwide, the Wallace Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the Aspen Institute, and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.

    Jason Wares

    Jason Wares | Director of Programs | IMC Worldwide

    Jason Wares is a monitoring, evaluation, and learning specialist with 18 years’ experience working with programs that improve livelihoods and promote financial inclusion. Jason supports IMC’s clients in understanding how people create and sustain livelihoods for their households and communities. Before working for IMC, Jason served as a senior economic development advisor at RTI International, an independent research institute in the United States. He holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

    Penina Lam

    [Moderator] Penina Lam, Ph.D. | Consultant | CGAP/Gateway Academy

    Penina Lam's expertise lies in Organizational Development (OD), and knowledge management. Penina is the founder of eLearning Innovators, a leading provider of digital learning design, learning events, and soft-skills training solutions. She helps organizations to design, develop, and deliver customized professional development interventions. She has held senior leadership roles in corporate and academic settings guiding organizations seeking to start, scale, and sustain learning and performance improvement initiatives. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & OD from the University of Louisville, USA.