Presentations & Publications


Universities of Oxford & Cambridge, Prague Speaker Series, February 2019

European Evaluation Society bi-annual Conference, Thessaloniki, 10/18:

  • Panel: How Sustained and Resilient are our Impacts? (w/World Bank, DFAT, Oxford)
  • Round-table: Accountability in Evaluation for Sustained and Resilient Impacts
  • Panel: Navigating Spectacular Ambitions: The Importance of Thinking Evaluatively in Challenging the Sustainable Development Goals of “No One Left Behind”
  • Panel: Participatory Approaches to Resilience Measurement: Who are we Listening to?
Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent, “Sustained and Emerging Impacts“, Geneva Switzerland, 03/18

US Agency for International Development, Local Systems Community “Sustainable Development? Prove It! Improve It!” (via Adobe Connect w/Flash) 11/17

The case for post project evaluation, Valuing Voices  Final Report for Michael Scriven’s Faster Forward Fund published 6/17, presented at the American Evaluation Association Conference 11/17, featured on Better Evaluation 12/17

University of Toronto, Evaluation Centre, “Sustained and Emerging Impacts Evaluation” Presentation 4/17

American Evaluation Association 365: Measuring SEIE Impacts 4/17

SEIE Webinar for DME for Peace: “Built to last? Embedding sustainability in the project cycle”  Webinar Presentation 3/17

CARE International Eastern Central Southern African (ECSA) Strategic Conference, Nairobi, Invited to Present 12/16

American Evaluation Association (Oct 25-29 2016, Atlanta): Panel: Barking up a Better Tree: Lessons about Sustained and Emergent Impact Evaluations (SEIE) presentation (Cekan, Rogers B, Rogers P, Zivetz)

European Evaluation Society (Sept 27-30 2016, Maastricht the Netherlands):

* Workshop on Sustained and Emerging Impact Evaluation and Evaluative Thinking (Cekan w/ Sharrock)

* Panel: Sustaining development impact in an era of sustainable development goals (SDGs): wishful thinking, or a bright future? (w/Davies, Ofir, Sridharan)

* Panel: The fourth industrial revolution, the 2030 agenda and the “grand challenges” for evaluation (w/Sridharan, Davies, Ofir)

Webinar on Post-project Sustainability and well-planned Project Exit with INTRAC (Sept 23, 2016, UK) (Cekan/Zivetz, Pallas with Hayman)

Missing Link: Sustained and Emerging Impact Evaluations“. Better Evaluation, May 2016

How to Foster Sustainability“. Global Policy Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 2, May 2016.

International Society for Performance Improvement at 2016 Conference, Developing Countries track Presenter on “Learning from the Past for an Improved International Future” April 12, 2016

International Year of Evaluation, YouTube Jindra Cekan’s EvalStory (2015)

CRS Worldwide Webinar “Learning from How it All Turned Out” October 2015 presenting CRS Niger, Post-Project Evaluation of food security project in 2015″.

Sirius XM Radio/U Penn Wharton Business School “Dollars and Change” program Audio Presentation on “Social Impact and Sustainability Interview“, 19 Mar 2015

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) “When Funders Move on“. March 2015

European Evaluation Society “How to Foster Sustainability“. July 2015

Czech Evaluation Society Presenter on “Post-Project Sustainable Evaluation”, June 2015 Conference

Wangeningen M&E for Responsible Innovation Conference Presenter on “Who’s Listening? Community-Led Self-Sustainability Post-Project Evaluation” Holland.  March 18-19, 2015

American Evaluation Association blog “Rolling the Dice: Impact or Self-Sustainability?” AEA365 Article, March 2015

Two presentations at the American Evaluation Association’s Annual Conference (Colorado, USA) 10/14 “When do we Value Participant Voices for Sustained Impact? Now!” and “Evaluation of international capacity building efforts toward fostering sustainable solutions”

The World Bank Group, Spring Meetings, Civil Society Forum Panelist  4/14  “Engaging NGOs/CSOs in Economic Development and Public Policy Dialogues for Sustainable Development” Session

Ethiopian Red Cross, “Food Security Final Evaluation and Sustainable Future Design” (2014)

Cornell University, Institute for African Development Seminar Series “Monitoring and Evaluation: Listening to One’s Clients Ex-post” (2013) link

Appreciative Inquiry group of DC. Presentation on using Appreciative Inquiry for Organizational Learning at USAID’s Policy Planning and Learning and 13 other Bureaus (2013) link

Society for International Development on the Power of the Appreciative Question regarding the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Advocacy Evaluation (2009) link

Rice Bowl Dinner for CRS “Hunger in Africa” – Washington, DC April 2006.

Peace Corps. “Women: Building Communities and Dreams”- Washington, DC Mar 2006.

Feinstein International Famine Center, Tufts University. “Food Aid/Food Security at the American Red Cross” — Medford, MA. Nov 2000

Many others in the 1990s including at US Dept. of Agriculture, AAAS, InterAction’s African Global Forum, UNICEF, John F. Kennedy School of Government- Harvard University, the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Africa meetings, University of Cambridge (UK) etc.


Impact Investing – International Development’s New Holy Grail?” Medium 2018

Valuing Voices: Why the 2030 Agenda Starts with ‘Them’” Transformations Forum 2018

American Evaluation Association, “Furthering Community self-Sustainability of our Projects” (2014) link

USAID’s PPL/LER “Monitoring and Evaluation Platforms: Considerations for Design and Implementation Based on a Survey of Current Practices” Discussion Note (key researcher, 2013). Also see Learning work: link

“Increasing Nigerien women’s incomes, increasing peace: triangulation and unexpected results,

Lutheran World Relief’s ARVIP project” PLA Notes- IIED UK (2013) link

“Appreciative Strategic Planning at World Vision USA” link Axiom News2011

“Improving International Food Security” in LBX Journal (2011) link ***

“One Chance to Get it Right: 7 Key Pillars for Achieving Food Security” for Women Thrive 2011 link and Gender in Agric Bibliography: link

Published “A Wealth of Knowledge: Case Studies in Learning From a PVO’s Most Precious Assets” article in Monday Developments with G. McAuliffe 

“Armenia Food Security Assessment”, Food Aid Management Food Forum newsletter, IV Q, 2001. Washington, DC

Field tools: “ARC Food Security Proposal Review Checklists and Tools,” ************** “Food Ration Calculation Exercise”, “White Paper”. 2001 and in ***

“Red Cross’ Humanitarian Mission to Assist the Most Vulnerable — Safety Nets Programs and The American Red Cross.” Food Aid Management Food Forum Newsletter, II Q, 2000. Washington, DC

“Food security” chapter in CRS PRA/RRA Manual, Spring 1999. Baltimore, MD. 

“Food Security Workshop: Developing Best Practices for Design and Implementation of Food Security Programs” 1999. ***

“Toward a conceptual framework of household ‘coping’ – reflections from rural West Africa” Co-authored with Alayne Adams and Rainer Sauerborn, Harvard’s Center for Population and Development. Africa. Vol 68, No. 2. Fall 1998

“NGO recommendation for U.S. Action Plan on Food Security: Mini-paper #13 – ‘Food aid to promote food security’’’. Food Forum (FAM). With Ellen Levinson and TJ Ryan. Nov/Dec 1997, Washington, DC.

“Monetization – Links to Food Security?’’’ Relief and Rehabilitation Network Series, ODI. With Amy MacNeil and Steve Loeggering. November 1996. London: UK

“Foreign Aid Cuts – Food Security Effects’’ Bread for the World Annual Report. With Kim Miller. 1996. Silver Spring, MD.

“Listening to One’s Clients: A Case Study of Mali’s Famine Early Warning System (SAP) and Rural Producers”. PhD thesis at the Fletcher School 1994.

“Five Malian Villages During the ‘Soudure’: Counter- Seasonal Coping Strategies Observed” Disasters. March 1992. London: UK.

Many other Internal Reports and Papers in the 1990s and 2000s including for the American Red Cross as Programming Guidance, Catholic Relief Services Occasional Paper Series for Issues in Program Design, CARE’s internal programming, etc. 

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