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Tips for young / emerging evaluators

tips The Evaluation for Development blog from Zenda Ofir has been collating tips for young / emerging evaluators – that even experienced evaluators will find interesting. Here are some highlights:
From Zenda herself:
Top Tip 1. Open your mind. Read
Top Tip 2. Be mindful and explicit about what frames and shapes your evaluative judgments.
Top Tip 3. Be open to what constitutes “credible evidence”.
Top Tip 4. Focus a good part of your evaluative activities on “understanding”.
Top Tip 5. Be or become a systems thinker who can also deal with some complexity concepts.
Read more about these tips>>

From Juha Uitto:
Top Tip 1. Think beyond individual interventions and their objectives.
Top Tip 2. Understand, deal with and assess choices and trade-offs made or that should have been made.
Top Tip 3. Methods should not drive evaluations.
Top Tip 4. Think about our interconnected world, and implore others to do the same.
Read more about these tips>>

From Benita Williams:
Top Tip 1. The cruel tyranny of deadlines.
Top Tip 2. Paralysis from juggling competing priorities.
Top Tip 3. Annoyance when you are the messenger who gets shot at
Top Tip 4. Working with an evaluand that affects you emotionally
Top Tip 5. Feeling rejected if you do not land an assignment
Top Tip 6. Feeling demoralized when you work with people who do not understand evaluation
Top Tip 7. Feeling discouraged because of wasted blood sweat and tears
Top Tip 8. Feeling lazy if you try to maintain work-life balance when other consultants seem to work 24/7
Top Tip 9. Feeling overwhelmed by all of the skills and knowledge you should have
Read more about these tips>>

And from Michael Quinn Patton, just one tip:
Top tip 1: Steep yourself in the classics.
Read more about this tip>>

 

September 3, 2018 at 7:32 am 1 comment

New ILO guidelines for evaluation

wcms_571338 The International Labour Office (ILO) has released their new guidelines for evaluation (pdf). Although the guidelines are specific to the ILO, the guidelines contain many useful chapters for evaluators and evaluation commissioners in general, for example on the steps for planning and managing and evaluation and communicating the results. View the guidelines here (pdf)>> 

September 26, 2017 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

Spotting dubious data

ACAPS has produced a great poster on “Spotting Dubious Data”. They make reference to humanitarian action but it applies across all sectors.  Below is a simplified version of the poster.

I think particularly point 1. is often ignored when looking at data – WHY was this data collected…

View the complete poster>>

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August 23, 2017 at 9:13 am Leave a comment

New e-learning course: cutting edge M&E

A new e-learning course is available from TRAASS international ; Cutting-Edge M&E: A Guide for Practitioners. The course is taught by Colin Jacobs, a senior trainer with more than 25 years’ experience in international development. Colin’s recent roles include President at the UK Evaluation Society and Head, Governance and Civil Society at British Council.

This online course lays the ground for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to make vital contributions to incentivising change and measure performance. The course considers challenges in current M&E practice, introduces a tool-box of evaluation techniques and shows where these can be best applied. Ways of promoting early participation and the engagement of key stakeholders are explored and a step-by-step action plan to improve practice of M&E is provided. Further information>>

Full disclosure; I also present an e-learning course for TRAASS International; Effective and creative evaluation report writing.

January 24, 2017 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Event – The Future of Technology for Evaluation

A very interesting event is scheduled for February 20-21 2017 in London; the Future of technology for monitoring, evaluation, research and learning – MERL TECH; learn more about the event>>

 

 

January 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

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

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