Clients & Team

Since 2013 Valuing Voices team’s focus has been on creating a research, design, M&E and post-project sustained and emerging impacts evaluation firm. This includes writing and speaking about international development programming, designing processes and doing fieldwork to build knowledge, and building a network of engaged partners.

Our focus is Appreciative, finding out and building on what participants, partners and organizations do well already, and promoting what we can do better with such knowledge. Much can be learned from what continues locally, and how to design anew.

Our network includes evaluators, advocates, and ICT4D experts in the US, Africa, and Asia.

Leadership

Jindra Cekan/ova, PhD is Founder and Catalyst of Valuing Voices at Cekan Consulting LLC. An international political economist, she has 33-years of experience in listening to those we ostensibly serve. Dr. Cekan/ova is an evaluator, speaker, and writer about Sustained and Emerging Impacts, including funding, strategic planning, designing, implementing,  monitoring & evaluating to foster sustainability.

Working with many stakeholders, Dr. Cekan/ova aims to raise-up national voices for country-led sustainable development and long-term outcomes impacts long after projects close. Lessons from (post-project) sustained and emerging impacts and final evaluations are invaluable to shape funding, design, implementation, M&E and learning and inform SDGs and Impact investment strategies.  She has consulted to non-profits such as CRS, CARE, Mercy Corps, the Red Cross/ Red Crescent), Foundations (the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Aga Khan Foundation) and for-profits (Price Waterhouse/ Coopers & Lybrand, Salomon Brothers).

Dr. Cekan/ova has also co-founded ImpactGuild.org, fostering (I)NGO collaborations with impact investors.  She is a dual US/Czech citizen and has taught at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy/Tufts, at Harvard and was a research fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK). She is also a mother, a Buddhist and loves giraffes.

Jindra’s CVs
Čekan/ova Evaluations (Czech Rep./ USA), Čekan/ova Full CV 2021 (“), Čekanova EUROPASS (Illustrative)

Network

ADVISORS

Cindy Clapp Wincek: Consultant, former head of USAID’s Policy Planning and Learning, Learning, Evaluation and Research Bureau (USA)

Scott Bayley: Principal Specialist in Australia’s DFAT Aid Management and Performance Branch (Australia)

COLLABORATIONS

We have a strong collaboration with BetterEvaluation.org on Sustained and Emerging Impacts Evaluation, featured in 2017 as a new thematic area: http://betterevaluation.org/en/themes/SEIE

EVALUATOR EXPERTS

Musiho Abdala: with over 15 years’ experience of applied research, project monitoring & evaluation especially on livelihood and education projects.  Country experience is in 6 Africa countries plus Afghanistan (Uganda)

CV Abdala (Uganda)

Abu Ala Hasan: Researcher and development professional, with academic background in social sciences, and 13 years of experience in the NGO sector in programme management, M&E, advocacy, research and human rights and livelihoods.

CVHasan (Bangladesh)

Rutere Kagendo: President, Ronto Research Company has M&E operations in 15 African countries doing baselines, mid-and end-line evaluations and impact assessments (Kenya)

CVRutere Kagendo (Kenya)

Peter McCarter: More than 30 years of international development experience in the management, design and evaluation of community-based natural resource management projects in Eastern and Southern Africa, Himalayan India and Nepal

CVMcCarter (UK)

Rituu Nanda: Participation and gender evaluator, extensive UN and NGO work since 2010 (India)

CVNanda (India)

Kate Robins: Advisor and consultant in design, monitoring and evaluation with non-governmental agencies, bi-laterals and the UN system for over 35 years (USA)

CVRobins (USA)

Thenjiwe Sisimayi: Owner, Psychosocial Support, Research and Training Centre. Over 25 years mixed-method M&E and statistical analysis (Zimbabwe)

CVT Sisimayi (Zimbabwe)

Chenjerai Sisimayi: Owner, Psychosocial Support, Research and Training Centre. Over 25 years mixed-method M&E and statistical analysis (Zimbabwe)

CVC Sisimayi (Zimbabwe)

Laurie Zivetz: Four decades of international development experience which includes innovation, evaluation, research, mentoring, training, strategy and program design in sub Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia (USA/ Australia).

CVZivetz (USA/ Australia)

ADVOCACY EXPERT

Peter Kimeu: co-founder of KUSARD and Decent Living  local Kenyan NGOs and 30-year head of Peace and Justice for Africa for Catholic Relief Services (Kenya)

CVKimeu (Kenya)

Consulting Clients & Grants

Consulting Clients

Our sustained and emerging impacts evaluation clients include:

* Sambodhi/ The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Consultant-Sustainability: “A Learning System for Multiple PAC Investments” (2020)

* American Red CrossTransition, Graduation and Sustainability Planning” (2018-19)

* Terre des Hommes Italia“Exit and Sustainability Planning for Jukta Hoe Mukta’ in Bangladesh” (2018-19)

* Lutheran World Relief, Tanzania Agricultural Value Chain “ex-post” project evaluation (2018)

*USAID via Management Systems International in Ugandan Evaluation of Sustained Outcomes (2018)- primary education, 15 years “ex–post” project systems evaluation. Synthesis Report across the four SOBE cases.

Catholic Relief Services Zimbabwe (2016), 2 years Rehabilitation/ Livelihoods “ex–post” project Sustained and Emerging Impacts evaluation

* Catholic Relief Services, in Niger (2015) 3 years Food Security (Agriculture/ Health) “ex–post” Sustained and Emerging Impacts project evaluation

* The Federation of the Red Cross/ Red Crescent projected sustainability in Ethiopia (2014), at final Food Security evaluation, designing community sustainability monitoring

* Lutheran World Relief/ Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation projected sustainability in Niger (2006),  6 months “ex–post” project drought rehabilitation evaluation

Our other international development and monitoring & evaluation clients include:

We have also worked with Salomon Brothers, Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand as well as with other clients. D&B #: 036800901

Research Grants

Valuing Voices received a Faster Forward Fund research grant for sustained impact evaluation by expert evaluator Michael Scriven through the Marin Community Foundation (2017).

A review of eight projects with end-of-project and post project evaluation reports suggest that post project evaluations can contribute to better understanding of the sustainability of project impacts and identify unexpected and emerging outcomes years after project close.

The review highlights some of the methodological issues that are unique to post project (as opposed to end of project) evaluation, and point to the advantages of planning for sustainability measurement from the outset of the project. If not, what planning is needed at project end

Organizations that fund post project evaluations offer a range of reasons for doing so: to learn, to promote a success, to inform replication or scale, to provide justification for future funding, to promote accountability.