Unicef chooses Carleton

Another United Nations agency has recognized Carleton University’s global leadership in the field of program evaluation. Perhaps the UN’s best-known organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, or Unicef, has chosen Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) to coordinate its evaluation capacity building efforts in South Asia.

“Good evaluation is crucial to governments and NGOs across the region,” says Professor Susan Phillips, the director of SPPA. “We are excited about helping to build a strong evaluation profession in the public, non-profi t and private sectors in South Asia.” Phillips leads this capacity building initiative and sits on the expert panel.

As a first step, last fall the school coordinated curriculum development for an executive training program in evaluation that will be delivered by seven educational institutions in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka — countries with a combined population of more than 1.5 billion citizens.

Training of professors from the seven South Asian universities and institutes took place in Jaipur, India in December. These faculty will teach the executive program, which will be rolled out in the South Asian countries in 2008. Work on a graduate evaluation course will follow.

Heather Buchanan, MA/97, a graduate of SPPA and a leader in the Canadian Evaluation Society, is serving as an advisor to the initiative. At the invitation of Unicef Evaluation Director Jean Quesnel, Buchanan recently taught a module of evaluation at the UN Staff Training College in Turin, Italy.

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