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Evaluation 101 for Human Rights Organizations: Insights into how change comes about and how to measure it

1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington,

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This event focused on how change comes about and how to measure it. A special focus was on project and program outcomes and low cost measures useful for small projects and limited budgets. Further resources will also be provided.

Attendees learned about:

  • The purposes of evaluation - how it is useful to human rights specialists
  • Project theory frameworks - how we think change comes about
  • Meaningful and feasible measures of change in a human rights context


Giovanni Dazzo, Evaluation Specialist, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
Giovanni Dazzo serves as an evaluation specialist with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), where he advises staff and grantees on program design and evaluation methods. Prior to joining DRL, he worked with Freedom House’s global rapid response funds, where he established systems to evaluate short-term emergency financial assistance and urgent advocacy support for at-risk human rights activists and civil society organizations. Prior to moving to DC, Giovanni worked in Italy and Cambodia, conducting applied research and evaluation on social protection, economic empowerment and human rights for the European Commission, United Nations, USAID and other bilateral donors, and international development banks. He is also an adjunct lecturer at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, teaching a graduate-level course on the evaluation of foreign assistance programs.

Carlisle Levine, President and CEO, BLE Solutions, LLC
Carlisle is an international development, peacebuilding and advocacy evaluator with 25 years of international development experience and 18 years of evaluation experience. She is a skilled facilitator and trainer with expertise in leading complex evaluations, building staff evaluation capacity, developing M&E systems, fostering collaborative learning processes within dispersed and diverse teams, and developing knowledge sharing systems. Her work has contributed to organizational strategic decision making and more effective practices for foundations, international non-governmental organizations and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to launching her own business, Carlisle worked for CARE USA, Catholic Relief Services, USAID and the Inter-American Foundation, as well as with InterAction; her work has taken her to Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

This was the first in a series of four workshops/webinars, titled "Evaluation 101 for Human Rights Organizations: How do we know if we are making a difference?", designed to provide foundational information on four topics:

1.   Insights into how change comes about and how to measure it
2.   Study designs employing such measures
3.   Data collection and analysis, Part I
4.   Data collection and analysis, Part II

This workshop/webinar series is a project of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. Team organizer is Oliver Moles, Ph.D.