Posts filed under ‘Evaluation use’
This month I gave presentation on “evaluation findings – types and influences” at the Swiss national health promotion conference. Some of the key points I raised were:
- Use may not be instrumental and direct as expected
- Stakeholder involvement is critical to use
- Organisations can influence evaluation use
- Use can be unpredictable, opportunistic & unexpected
Curious? View my slides below!
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)>>
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.
The new United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his “audition” speech highlights evaluation, saying:
“We need a culture of evaluation – independent and real time evaluation with full transparency”
Couldn’t agree more! Watch below at about 2.50 minutes…
This week I made a presentation at the European Evaluation Society conference on a tracking study on the use of campaign evaluation (that I had carried out). For those interested in this subject, my slides are here for your consumption!
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!)
In communicating evaluation findings, challenges are often seen with the key product to do so – the evaluation report. Often evaluation reports suffer from being long, wordy and just plain boring! Therefore, we have to find new ways to communication evaluation findings.
One way I find interesting is the use of a visual summary of findings – that summarises the evaluation findings graphically and in a limited number of pages. I recently had the opportunity to use this format for an evaluation for Oxfam – as seen in the image in this post. You can view the full summary by clicking on the image (it brings you to a pdf file).