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5 resources on communicating evaluation results

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:

1. Evaluation Reporting:  A Guide to Help Ensure Use of Evaluation Findings – from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (2013) (pdf) >>

2. Evaluation guide – developing a communications plan for evaluation – from the Pell Institute (2014)>>

3. Communicating Evaluation Results – Presentation by the Asian Development Bank, 12th Meeting of the DAC Evaluation Network, June 2011 (pdf)>>

4. Communicating and Reporting on an Evaluation –  from the American Red Cross & CRS (2008), (pdf) >>

5. Tips for delivering negative results (blog post – J. Sinclair), 2013 >>

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!


March 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Data visualization – tips for evaluation reports

For those who use graphs in evaluation reports and other documents, here is an excellent presentation from Ann K. Emery of the Innovation Network – well worth a look!

November 5, 2013 at 10:13 am 2 comments

Two evaluation workshops in Switzerland – 2014

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be co-presenting a course on communications and evaluation in 2014 in collaboration with the Swiss Evaluation Association (SEVAL). Below are details about this course and another on complexity and evaluation by Patricia Rogers. Please find below a short outline of the two courses and the dates. More details about the courses will be available in January 2014.

1) Integrating Communication in Evaluation – March 13 and 14, 2014
An often-overlooked step in evaluation is ensuring that findings are communicated, understood and acted upon.  Equally important, however,is what, how and when we communicate with different stakeholders throughout the evaluation process.  Communicating effectively implies using different means,messages and methods to reach different groups with very different needs and expectations.
A mix of presentations, case studies and practical exercises will be used to introduce and discuss new approaches for communicating and engaging with stakeholders and presenting results to different audiences (for example social media, interactive presentations and data visualisation).  Participants are encouraged to bring examples of evaluations they have commissioned or implemented to be used as case studies during the workshop.
The workshop will be co-facilitated by Glenn O’Neil of Owl RE, Geneva and Marlène Läubli Loud of Lauco Evaluation & Training

2) Addressing complexity in evaluation – June 5 and 6, 2014
Increasingly evaluations have to address programs, projects and policies with complex aspects. The activities and objectives of these interventions are fundamentally dynamic and emergent in response to needs and opportunities, and they often involve multiple organisations with emergent and unpredictable roles. These characteristics present challenges to traditional evaluation approaches.

The workshop will examine the particular challenges that complexity presents and explore practical strategies for evaluation, including developmental evaluation, use of non-linear logic models, and emergent evaluation design. The workshop will include case studies of successful and unsuccessful attempts to address complexity in evaluation.  It will also provide opportunities to analyse participants’ own examples in terms of identifying the particular challenges that complexity presents and how the different strategies might be applied.

The workshop will be facilitated by Professor Patricia Rogers, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

Both courses will will be held in the Federal Office of Personnel, Bern, Switzerland.  Please note that there are no scholarships or travel funds available for these courses.

October 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm 1 comment

Evaluation reporting: A guide

From the US CDC, here is an interesting guide: Evaluation reporting: A guide to help ensure use of evaluation findings (pdf).

It contains many tips and advice on how to craft your evaluation report to make it more *usable*…

October 2, 2013 at 6:25 am Leave a comment

video reporting: realtime evaluation

I’ve blogged before about the use of video in presenting evaluation findings. Here is a good example of how video has been used to present the process and some key results of a real-time evaluation of the 2010 floods in Pakistan. The video tells the story well even if it is missing some background information for the viewer (what, why and for whom was the evaluation).

September 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

Presenting evaluation findings – Using Prezi

I’ve written before about the challenges of presenting evaluation findings – and the need to find creative ways to present findings. No doubt many readers would have already come across Prezi, a new presentation software that you see used often these days. I’ve recently worked on a research project for the Joint Standards Initiative where we presented our research results in  a Prezi as you can see displayed below.  It is allows the results to presented in visually appealing way and I believe communicates well the main points.

This Prezi was produced by Peter from YourPrezi.

August 28, 2013 at 6:30 am 1 comment

Data visualization for evaluation

If you are interested in how evaluation results are presented as I am, then you might be interested in this fact sheet (pdf) from IDRC on data visualization for communicating research and evaluation findings. It contains some fascinating information on how data visualization can be used (and misused). As can be seen in the chart below it shows that evaluation reports are on the low end in terms of their usage of data visualization.

View the fact sheet (pdf)  >>>


July 16, 2013 at 7:02 am Leave a comment

10 tips for delivering negative evaluation results

From the  Better Evaluation Blog, a very useful post on how to deliver negative evaluation results – that they have summarised in ten tips:

1. Use a participatory approach from the start
2. Discuss possible negative results in the early contracting and design stages
3. Inform clients immediately and often – a ‘no surprises’ approach
4. Build in time for course correction
5. Question the evaluation plan
6. Emphasize the positives
7. Tell the truth
8. Present results in terms of lessons learned
9. Provide suggestions for addressing deficiencies
10. Involve stakeholders in identifying obstacles and ways to overcome them

Read the full post and explanations here>>

June 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment

Communicating Evaluation Findings: Advice from the Field

An interesting post on the Learning Portal for Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding that focuses on communicating evaluation findings and brings forward three tips for those who hope to influence decisions with evaluation data:

  1. Answer the right questions;
  2. Speak their language;
  3. Be humble.

Read the full post >>

May 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

The voices of affected populations in evaluation

The notion of listening to the voices of the affected populations is nothing new in humanitarian evaluation.  However, in the past there has been a lot of talk with little action.   The Listening Project is one of the first structured and global initiatives to look at this issue – not only from the evaluation perspective but more broadly – and have recently produced a summary study Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid (pdf)  based on discussions with almost 6,000 people in 20 countries.  You can also read a news report about this issue on IRIN news.

As part of a stakeholder consultations I’ve been involved with for the Joint Standards Initiative, we’ve also been listening to affected populations – from Senegal to Pakistan to Mexico.  The video below provides some short excerpts of interviews with affected populations, in addition to humanitarian workers from these consultations.

March 16, 2013 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

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