Capturing changes in women's lives: the experiences of Oxfam Canada in applying feminist evaluation principles to monitoring and evaluation practice

Current trends in the aid environment pose significant challenges for effectively evaluating gender equality and women's rights programmes. This requires approaches that can capture and tell the complex story of how gender power relationships are challenged and changed.

This article describes Oxfam Canada's efforts to develop a mixed-methods approach to monitoring, evaluation, and learning rooted in feminist evaluation principles, for Engendering Change, a multi-year, donor co-funded ‘stand-alone’ women's rights programme.

The approach Oxfam Canada developed was shaped by the external aid environment with its results orientation, as well as by our aspirations to bring feminist principles to our monitoring and evaluation practice.

Three examples of evaluative exercises used in the Engendering Change programme are provided to demonstrate how we attempted to bring the principles of feminist evaluation into practice.

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Publication Date: 
July 2014
Publication Author: 
Carol Miller & Laura Haylock, Oxfam Canada