ATLANTA, Ga. — Monitoring and evaluation professionals from around the world will gather at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (265 Peachtree Center Avenue) between October 24-29 for the Evaluation 2016 annual conference. The American Evaluation Association aims to inspire dialogue on the integration of design and evaluation in three areas: program design, evaluation design and information design.

Nuru International will participate in a 3 PM panel on Thursday, October 27 called  “Innovative Evaluation Designs in International Contexts.” Here’s an overview:

Measuring social impact can prove to be a burdensome endeavor for many organizations working in an international context. Oftentimes, the costs and time commitments involved with implementing a robust study causes some stakeholders to forgo comprehensive measurement systems altogether; however, various organizations have developed strategies to overcome these obstacles. The panel aims to provide evaluators with several examples of cost-effective and innovative evaluation designs.

Three organizations will present case studies during this panel:

  • Shawna Hoffman, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Ja-Eun Lee, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate at One Acre Fund, will present “Qualitative evaluation design within cultural and organizational constraints: a Rwandan case study”
  • Julie Carandang, Monitoring and Evaluation Program Strategic Advisor at Nuru International, will present “Measuring the impact of a single-sector model versus an integrated approach in Kenya”
  • Kristin Lindell, Evaluation and Learning Specialist for USAID LEARN at Dexis Consulting Group, will serve as the session chair

Follow the conversation on Twitter: @aeaweb and #Eval16


American Evaluation Association ( exists to improve evaluation practices and methods, increase evaluation use, promote evaluation as a profession and support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action.

Nuru International ( is a U.S.-based social venture on a mission to end extreme poverty in remote, rural areas. It establishes sustainable community development projects, such as Nuru Kenya and Nuru Ethiopia, to deliver high touch, holistic programming – in Agriculture, Financial Inclusion, Healthcare and Education – to engage all household members in building resilience and ending intergenerational poverty.