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Evaluation training – beginner to advanced

I was recently asked about training available on monitoring and evaluation and selected the following from the beginners to the advanced:

Beginners: 
The larger evaluation associations run workshops alongside their annual or biannual conferences. I’ve attended these at the European Evaluation Society conference and they were very good and given by experts in the field; the same for the Australasian and American conferences:
EES workshops (from 2016 – next conference is October 2018).
AES (Australia) workshops (from 2017 – next conference is in September 2018)
AES (USA) workshops (from 2017 – next conference is in October 2018) 

Intermediate:
For longer courses (3-5 days and blended learning), INTRAC, based in UK offer some very good courses: M&E, advanced M&E, Theory of Change.

For e-learning courses, TRAASS offer a series of self-paced evaluation courses:  Evaluation report writing, Cutting-edge M&E, How to be a successful evaluation consultant, Managing the politics of evaluation.

Advanced: 

The University of Melbourne, Australia offer a fully online masters in evaluation.

Claremont Evaluation Centre in the US offers a series of workshops over six days in August 2018 that can be taken online or in person:  Basics of Evaluation & Applied Research Methods, Quasi Experimental Design, Survey Research Methods, Culturally Responsive Evaluation and more!

Full disclaimer: I am trainer for some of the TRAASS courses and have given a workshop previously at the 2017 AES (Australia) conference.

January 17, 2018 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment

Inaugural event of the Vienna Evaluation Network – 16 January 2018

VEN logo

The newly formed Vienna Evaluation Network are holding their first event – so I’d encourage you to attend if you are in or close to Vienna, Austria!  Further information:

Topic: Evaluating effectiveness of complex interventions: Challenges in using RCTs

Based on a systematic effectiveness evaluation for a school-based health promotion program for physical activity in the classroom the presentation focuses on selected major methodological challenges faced and develops suggestions for future implementation of RCT for evaluating complex interventions. Guest speaker: Ludwig Grillich, Danube University Krems.

The presentation will last about 30 minutes. Thereafter, the participants will have about 30 to 45 minutes to ask questions, discuss the topic, and exchange experiences. For anyone interested we can continue our conversation in a café nearby.

Where: The venue is Berggasse 17/3, the third-floor conference room of the European Centre for Welfare Policy and Research. You cross the court and find the entrance right in front of you.

When: 16 January 2018, 2 to 3.15pm

Further information>>

January 9, 2018 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

Technology and evaluation conference 2017

MERL TECH graphic

If you are interested in technology, monitoring and evaluation, then consider the MERL Tech DC 2017 conference, Thursday – Friday, September 7th-8th 2017, Washington DC, US. Some really interesting presentations and workshops.

August 11, 2017 at 6:33 pm 1 comment

New book: Monitoring and Evaluation Training: A Systematic Approach

An under-appreciated area has been what is a systematic approach to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) training for programs and projects. Now this gap has been filled with a new book from  Scott Chaplowe and J. Bradley Cousins:

Monitoring and Evaluation Training: A Systematic Approach

“Bridging theoretical concepts with practical, how-to knowledge, authors Scott Chaplowe and J. Bradley Cousins draw upon the scholarly literature, applied resources, and over 50 years of combined experience to provide expert guidance for M&E training that can be tailored to different training needs and contexts, from training for professionals or non-professionals, to organization staff, community members, and other groups with a desire to learn and sustain sound M&E practices.”

April 25, 2017 at 10:38 am 2 comments

Advanced M and E Training in the UK

Intrac in the UK is offering an advanced monitoring and evaluation face to face training several times this year – May, September and November 2017.

 

The course is over five days and covers the following areas:

  • Clarifying M&E terminology and the uses of M&E
  • Introducing a structure for addressing practical issues and challenges in M&E
  • The components of an effective M&E system
  • Indicators and how to identify them
  • Overview of planning tools to help understand the logic of an intervention and provide a foundation for good M&E
  • Strengths, weaknesses and applications of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and tools
  • Introducing more complex tools and methodologies for collecting outcomes and impact data including e.g. RCTs, contribution analysis, outcome mapping, process tracing, most significant
    change etc.
  • Issues to consider when designing and managing an effective evaluation process, and how to close the learning loop and ensure results are used for improvement
  • Steps in analysing quantitative and qualitative data, and what makes good quality evidence
  • Incorporating learning into M&E – strategies for encouraging results of M&E to be valued and used

Further information (pdf) >>

April 18, 2017 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Webinar: Responding to slow-onset crises

For those interesting in emergency response, research and crises, please join me for this webinar on a recent report I co-authored:

Webinar: Responding to slow-onset crises

Organisation: CHS Alliance
Location:
Date: 28 March 2017
Time: 9am to 10am UK time

Humanitarian agencies are increasingly responding to slow-onset crises despite facing many challenges according to a newly released report on surge practices for slow-onset crises. Join us for a webinar from the Transforming Surge Capacity Project where one of the report’s authors, Glenn O’Neil will present the key findings of the report and its recommendations for changing surge practices and policies to tackle slow-onset crises.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday 28th March at 9:00-10:00 UK time and can be accessed via the following Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/603361958. Please email qadeer.abdilleh@actionaid.org to confirm your attendance.

March 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm 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

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