Conference evaluation: mapping success stories

October 18, 2011 at 11:59 am 2 comments

As I’ve written about conference evaluation previously, here is an interesting approach taken by the Lift Conferences – they have collected (or are starting to collect) stories and testimonies on the longer term impact of Lift.
A simple idea but quite effective, view the page here>>

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  • 1. Emilie Wilson  |  November 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for the interesting link to Lift – I like breadth of the success stories outlined, a really good idea! We are having a similar debate at Impact and Learning, about evaluating events: how do you know what the benefits of the event having taken place are? how do you measure these? was it worth the cost? If you start thinking about ‘desired outcomes’ (for the organiser, contributor and participants), you might that there are other (more cost effective) ways of meeting these?
    It would be great to get your perspective on this: http://www.impactandlearning.org/2011/10/beyond-happy-sheets-outcome-focused.html

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  • 2. Glenn  |  November 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for your comment; I think the approach of looking at the event from all perspectives is certainly a valid one: too often we focus only on the participants (I’m guilty of that…). The International AIDS Society are doing probably the most advanced work and thinking in this area:

    http://www.iasociety.org/Default.aspx?pageId=521

    There is also a real gap in academic work also.

    Glenn

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