Association Sénégalaise d’Evaluation (SenEval)
The Senegalese Evaluation Association (SenEval) was initially a network from 2003 to 2012. Its origin dates back to a UN agencies initiative (UNA), at the end of a training day organized on 9 October 2003 in Nouakchott by the PNUD, UNICEF and UNFPA. The participants of this training, which brought together nine agencies and three regional offices of the UNA, had retained the constitution of a network as a means to promote the culture of evaluation in Senegal and in the West African region.
This network has gradually been organized around exchanges of information and work meetings between its members.
To strengthen its credibility and institutional capacity, a 15-member initiative committee considered that it was time to make a qualitative leap by transforming the network into an association of evaluation recognized by the public authorities
A survey conducted in 2013 based on the SenEval mailing list from “survey monkey” confirmed the diversity of experiences and profiles of members. The category of civil servants (state agents) is the most represented with 27.6% of the workforce, while the other sectors are more or less represented. The membership of Séneval has evolved since 2013. There is growing interest among women and youth in the evaluation issue, and the 2015 member survey could reverse the trends of the original survey.
In terms of member experience, SenEval has 23.8% of people with over 10 years of experience. The largest group has between 5 and 10 years of experience (34%), while 27.9% have between 2 and 4 years of experience. It is interesting to note that the majority of respondents (58%) say they have more than 4 years of evaluation experience.
The majority of members (64.5%) “conduct evaluations” and nearly half “use evaluations”. The sponsors and evaluation managers represent respectively 39% and 34% of the respondents, and 35.5% of the trainers.
- SenEval provides a framework for expression and participation of members in various activities contributing to evaluation capacity building. For example, a Scientific Commission, a Training Commission and a Commission for Communication and Knowledge Management have been set up. Four thematic groups have already emerged. These groups are “Young Emerging Evaluators”, “Quantitative Methods”, “Childhood and Youth Evaluation” and “Equity, Equality and Gender Assessment”.
• Office Organization and Methods (BOM),
• Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning
• Ministry of African Integration of NEPAD and Promotion of Good Governance CLEAR francophone
• National School of Administration (ENA)
• UNICEF (Small-Scale Funding Agreement)
• UN Women Regional Office
• African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP)
• French-speaking Evaluation Network (RFE)
• OICE and EvalPartners.
• SQEP (Quebec Society for Program Evaluation)
• Francophone VOPEs in West Africa (with the support of the Consortium)