Outcome mapping is an evaluation technique that is growing in use and interest. The Outcome Mapping Learning Community is hosting their third annual event this year in September in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The OM Lab 2014 is a three-day training and knowledge sharing event to explore the value Outcome Mapping can add to monitoring and evaluation in complex programmes.
Infographics are visual images used to represent information and/or data. Increasingly we see infographics used to communicate key evaluation findings. It can be an excellent tool to communication key findings quickly and to reach diverse audiences. The presentation below contains 10 evaluation infographic that I’ve collated from various evaluations. I think these examples show the different possibilities and options for how you can use this tool to communicate key findings.
(disclaimer – I’ve been involved in one of the evaluations featured – that done by Oxfam)
I had the pleasure last week to run a workshop for 2 days in Berne, Switzerland on the theme Integrating Communication in Evaluation organised by the Swiss Evaluation Society and LAUCO Training and Evaluation. In my research for the workshop, I discovered some new resources on communicating evaluation results, here are a selection:
This photo from Patricia Goldschmid of myself explaining some points at the workshop – thanks again for all the participants for making it such an enjoyable experience!
I recently spoke at the Graduate Institute in Geneva for the students of the Certificate in Advocacy in International Affairs – presenting a case study on Oxfam’s GROW campaign - drawing insights on global advocacy campaigns. My presentation is below:
Here is an interesting course from INTRAC on advocacy influence – online blended learning that can be taken from anywhere in the world:
“Is developing and implementing an advocacy strategy critical to success in your project or programme? Do your staff and partners need support to achieve your advocacy objectives? In this capacity building programme, you will have the opportunity to develop and troubleshoot the implementation of an advocacy strategy as well as build your knowledge and confidence.
This programme will give you the knowledge and skills to influence policy and practice in your own context. You will learn skills to help you plan and deliver an effective advocacy strategy; enhance your ability to lobby decision makers; and gain confidence in the ways in which you relate to different audiences. You will also have the skills to analyse power dynamics and choose your advocacy activities so they have maximum impact.”
For readers interested in campaign evaluation, Oxfam has just published a mid-point external evaluation report (pdf) of their GROW campaign – of which I was part of the evaluation team.
Often organisations will not make available publically their campaign evaluations – but Oxfam has a progressive policy on this so I’m happy to be able to share the report will all interested…
The GROW campaign set out in 2011 to tackle food justice and build a better food system. Challenging to evaluate, the GROW campaign is broad and diverse, operating at national, regional and international levels, across 4 thematic areas – land, investment in small-scale agriculture, climate change and food price volatility.
In our evaluation report we look at the initial Theory of Change and endeavour to track the changes seen over the first two years and the possible intervening factors, positive and negative, using a variety of methods including five case studies (found at the end of the report).
As the campaign had a broad set of activities at a range of levels, the challenge for the evaluation team was to capture all significant changes seen to date and draw out learnings for the future.
Oxfam has also produced a summary infographic that you can view below.