Promotion of the rights and status of women and girls and social equality is a core theme of Finnish development policies and a priority. To this end, MFA Finland is planning to carry out an impact evaluation on Finland’s support on these issues.
For this upcoming impact evaluation, Danish Management has been commissioned to conduct an evaluability assessment.
We will gather background information on gender issues and synthesize gender related results from different evaluations.

The title of the assignment is “Impact Evaluability Assessment and Meta-Analysis on Finland’s Support to Rights and Status of Women and Girls and Gender Equality”.

En smuk bygning med referencer til Kählers historie

Kähler-koncernen overtog pr. 1. oktober 2015 Centralhotellet midt på Odder Torv. Baggrunden for købet er, at man hos Kähler er faldet for en smuk, fredet bygning – som i øvrigt har reference til keramikvirksomhedens historie. Den æstetiske dekoration af bygningen er nemlig udført af Karl Hansen Reistrup, som i mange år var kunstnerisk leder hos netop Kähler.

Selv samme Hansen Reistrup er også kendt for sine keramiske udsmykninger på fx Aarhus Teater, Marselisborg Slot, Københavns Rådhus – og på den fredede Carlsberg-bygning, kaldet ”Det Grå Hus”, som Kähler-koncernen overtog for nylig.

De kommende måneder vil koncernen gennemgå bygningens muligheder og overveje, hvordan der kan tilføres nye, relevante aktiviteter, så den smukke ejendom forhåbentlig kan udvikle sig til et større aktiv – ikke mindst for borgerne i Odder, men faktisk for hele regionen.

I mange år har der ikke været drevet hotel i ejendommen, hvilket umiddelbart heller ikke er muligt fremadrettet. Til gengæld er der plads til at indtænke andre charmerende anvendelsesmuligheder. ”Ejendommen er så smuk og spændende, bl.a. med den helt unikke teatersal, at den også bør kunne tiltrække interessenter fra hele Aarhus-området”, udtaler Frantz Longhi, der er ejer af Kähler.

Kähler vil gå igang med at udvikle kommercielt bæredygtige aktiviteter i ejendommen, og vil også skabe kontakt til de lokale interesser i Odder, der jo i mange år har arbejdet for en bedre udnyttelse af bygningen. Både disse og Odder kommune vil blive kontaktet i de kommende måneder.

Der forventes dog først i løbet af 2016, at foreligge endelige planer for realiseringen af fremtidige aktiviteter i ejendommen. Der jo er fredet og derfor ikke helt ukompliceret at anvende.

Frantz Longhi udtaler i øvrigt: “Vil man vide mere om Centralhotellet i Odder, er Eric Pettersson (Arkitekt, lektor emeritus og Landsformand for Plant et Træ), den rette at kontakte. Eric Pettersson kender jeg fra Arkitektskolen og han har en enorm viden om stedet”.

Det var netop Eric Pettersson, som gjorde Frantz Longhi, der også er arkitekt, opmærksom på den smukke bygning. Eric Pettersson mødtes med Frantz Longhi over en frokost og fortalte ham om bygningen. ”Det viste sig at være en meget spændende og ret så dyr frokost”, siger Frantz Longhi med et smil. “Det er først og fremmest Eric Petterssons fortjeneste, at der nu er muligheder for at realisere noget af det potentiale, som bygningen har gemt på i så mange år. Og jeg er sikker på, at vi får noget særligt ud af det på sigt, så det vil vise sig at være mere end frokosten værd”.

Henvendelser om overtagelsen kan rettes til Business Developer, Lene Nygaard fra Kähler koncernens ejendomsselskab på mail: LNY@dejm.dk

 

 

oecd

Danish Management was in 2015 awarded the contract for the OECD-DAC Review of Evaluation Systems for overseas development assistance. The result of this review, an official OECD publication is now available online and in the OECD bookshop in Paris.

The purpose of this review was to provide information to assist development organisations in building effective evaluation systems and processes to deliver high quality, credible and useful evaluations. It provides information about evaluation systems in development agencies and multilateral organisations, and analyses experiences from managing evaluation systems across organisations.

The data that informs the review was collected through a combination of a desk review of member evaluation systems as described in their guideline documentation, interviews with agencies and organisations that have recently implemented significant changes, and an online survey of all members of the Evalnet Network. 40 evaluation units participated in the review and provided very valuable input that is incorporated in the Evalnet Member profiles for each agency/ organisation.


The review identified recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the evaluation of development assistance, including:

  • Ensure the relevance of evaluation by aligning it to needs of other units: the relevance of evaluation findings is linked closely to the timing of evaluations. When the work programme is defined to fit in with the needs of operations units at the right time it is likely to ensure that evaluations remain relevant.
  • Enable programme designers to ‘think’ evaluation: although there is some discussion about the role of evaluators in project formulation and the implications this has on independence, it is clear that by developing the capacity of operations units in evaluation methods and principles, the evaluability of programmes, the quality of the evaluations themselves will improve.
  • Increase partners’ participation to get long-term benefits: the participation of development partners is acknowledged as being a fundamental principle for evaluation, despite the challenges of doing so. Engaging development partners from the inception of a project/ programme is considered to be valuable to encourage sustainability and ownership, and their engagement in the evaluation process furthermore improves the quality of the evaluations performed for example through better analysis of the findings and uptake of the recommendations.
  • Increase public disclosure: publication of evaluation findings serves the principle of transparency but also promotes recognition for achievements and increases the influence that evaluation has in an organisation. A number of members reported that obligatory public disclosure resulted in the improvement of the quality of the reports, their usability and the feasibility of recommendations, as well as the improved selection of evaluation topics. This also provided more credibility and legitimacy to the evaluation systems and thus enhancing their effectiveness.
  • Target the communication of evaluation results to the audience: dissemination and knowledge sharing requires an understanding of the target audiences, their needs and the most effective media for that audience. Establishing an organisation-wide communications and knowledge management strategy that specifies the type of materials that will be produced and shared and in what forms may improve the use of evaluations.
  • Develop an evaluative culture: several members are working to develop an evaluative culture. This poses a significant challenge, but there are elements of the evaluative culture that may be beneficial to introduce while developing a broader strategy. The use of self-evaluation is suggested to encourage internal reflection and learning, and the incorporation of an organisational approach to knowledge management would begin to encourage an evaluative culture.

To download or order a copy of the review, please visit the OECD library here.

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