Posts filed under ‘communicating evaluation results’

New report: Evaluation Capacity and Practice in the US Nonprofit Sector

A very interesting report is just out from the Innovation Network on the  Evaluation Capacity and Practice in the US Nonprofit Sector (pdf).

Here are some excerpts on resources and evaluation:

  • 99% of organisations have someone responsible for evaluation
  • 84% of organisations spend less than 5% on evaluation
  • 16% spend zero on evaluation (!)

There are also more interesting findings on evaluation use and barriers/supporting factors for evaluation – view the report here (pdf)>>

 

 

December 13, 2016 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

New resource: Evaluation of Humanitarian Action Guide

ALNAP has recently released their Evaluation of Humanitarian Action Guide.

The guide was six years in the making and contains detailed advice and tips on evaluating humanitarian action. Even if your focus is not on evaluating humanitarian activities, Chapter 17 on Communicating and Reporting Findings and Results is well worth a read.

View the guide here>>

 

 

 

December 7, 2016 at 7:16 am Leave a comment

UN webinar: Communications and Evaluation Use, 8 November, 2016, 9.30 am EST (USA)

Here is a very interesting webinar presented by the UN Evaluation Group on communications and evaluation use;

— Communications and Evaluation Use, 8 November, 2016, 9.30 am EST (USA)

They have also produced a working paper on the subject:

How can communications improve engagement with evaluation users, and eventually increase evaluation use?

How can evaluators improve communications to increase evaluation use?

Please join us on 8 November to hear views from evaluators and communication experts from UN Women, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the World Bank.

More information>>

You are cordially invited to attend a UNEG webinar on “Communications and Evaluation Use”. This webinar is organized by UNEG working groups under Strategic Objective Two for Use of Evaluation.

When: Tuesday, 8 November, from 9:30 to 10:30 am (New York time).
Speakers:

Marco Segone, Director, Independent Evaluation Office of UN Women, and Alexandra Capello, Evaluation Specialist, Independent Evaluation Office of UN Women

Geeta Batra, Chief Evaluation Officer and Deputy Director, Independent Evaluation Office of the GEF, and Kseniya Temnenko, Knowledge Management Officer, Independent Evaluation Office of the GEF

Daniel Musiitwa, Senior Communications Officer, Independent Evaluation Group of The World Bank, and Kristen Milhollin, Online Communications Officer, Independent Evaluation Group of The World Bank

More information>>

November 1, 2016 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

Using cartoons to communicate on evaluation

Here is a great example (pdf) from the ILO evaluation office of using cartoons to explain an evaluation process / service; it just shows that visual methods can also be used to explain evaluation processes and services – in addition to communicating evaluation results.

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August 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm 2 comments

Integrated evaluation framework

The industry association, AMEC has released their new “integrated evaluation framework“, specifically designed for communications and PR:

“The  integrated evaluation framework will guide you through the process from aligning objectives to establishing a plan, setting targets and then measuring the outputs, outtakes, outcomes and impact of your work.”

The new framework also comes with a taxonomy that describes for each step of the process the key steps required, the metrics and milestones and the methods that should be considered.

July 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm 1 comment

Five tips to make your evaluation more influential

Here is a useful article from the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. They highlight five tips to make your evaluation more influential as illustrated in the infographic below. I certainly agree with all the tips; I’d just add that influence may not be immediate and direct; it may take for some years to manifest itself and often in unexpected ways (to be explained in a future post!)

June 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm 1 comment

communication evaluation in UN agencies

The UN Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), an external oversight body of all of the United Nations, has just produced a very interesting study on Public information and communications policies and practices in the United Nations system (pdf)

Aside from providing an interesting and critical view of communications in the UN, the report also looks at the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of communication activities – concluding that M&E needs to better feed into management directions and decision-making.  Here are some key findings from the report on  M&E and communications:

-Only half of UN agencies have included M&E in their communication frameworks
-Indicators used are predominantly output-based
-There is absence of an evaluation culture among communication staff
– Existing monitoring systems (e.g. for media coverage) were largely descriptive, rarely analysed and did not feed into decision-making.

View the full report here (pdf) – M&E aspects discussed from page 22 onwards.

February 16, 2016 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

EU communication evaluation toolkit

The European Commission has released a communication evaluation toolkit (pdf).  Produced by the Directorate General for Communication, the kit provides a very good overview of  evaluating communication activities and also provides individual fact sheets on evaluating events, social media, publications, newsletters, conferences, websites and even smartphone apps…

View the manual here (pdf)

Interested in more communication evaluation toolkits? see my earlier post for five more toolkits or handbooks.

January 4, 2016 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

New online course: Effective and Creative Evaluation Report Writing

I’m happy to announce my new online course on effective and creative evaluation report writing. In this course, you can learn best practices for effective and creative report writing specific to evaluation reports. Learning points and practical exercises are combined to develop skills in putting together an effective and engaging evaluation report.

The course comprises of reading materials, video lectures and practical exercises to ensure practicality of the knowledge acquired. Case studies throughout the course are used to ensure the hands-on approach and development of practical skills in report writing. Checklists, tips and templates are provided to the students for usage in their own report writing.

The course is self-paced and can be completed over 5 weeks; cost is USD $375; The course is presented by TRAASS International and the trainer is myself! Further information>>

See the promotional video here:

 

December 1, 2015 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

Evaluating communication – 4 of 4 key lessons

In my last post I wrote about the third of four key lessons on evaluation for communicators.

My first lesson was “1. Planning is key”

My second lesson was “2. Decide what and how you will measure”

My third lesson was: “3. Find the time & budget to monitor and evaluate”

And my forth lesson is: “4. Analyse and share your results”

Too often, evaluation and monitoring data is not analysed;  I’ve seen many media monitoring reports, web statistics and event feedback forms not compiled and analysed – communicators should be looking at such data to help understand what has been achieved (or not) and how activities could be improved. Once data is analysed, you should then see how such findings can be shared with your colleagues and stakeholders.  Evaluation findings will be of interest to yourself as they concern your activities but they may also be of interest to others in your organisation and possibly externally (confidentiality taken into consideration).

November 26, 2015 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

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