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>>
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 UK government’s Communication Service has produced a framework for evaluating communications (pdf).
The framework provides an overview of an integrated approach to evaluating communication activities and sets out eight golden rules for communication evaluation:
1. Set SMART objectives well before the start of your activity
2. Think carefully about who your target audience is when selecting relevant metrics from each of the five disciplines*
3. Ensure you adopt an integrated channel approach when evaluating your communications activity
4. Collect baselines and benchmarks where possible
5. Include a mix of qualitative and quantitative evidence
6. Regularly review performance
7. Act on any insight to drive continuous improvement and inform future planning
8. Make the link between your activity and its impact on your organisational goals or KPIs
*Media, digital, marketing, stakeholder engagement, internal communications
Are there any more to add? I would add the need to integrate evaluation within the daily work of communication professionals – so it is thought about before starting activities and during…
View the complete guide here (pdf)>>
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to present the findings of my PhD in 30 minutes (!) to the Geneva Communicators Network. I titled my presentation “communication evaluation: challenges and complexities” – and you can view it below – it’s a very summarised version of my PhD! If you are really keen, you can view the full PhD thesis here.
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…
I came across this checklist tool (pdf) from BOND, the UK NGO network on quality of evidence in evaluation. I find the checklist a useful way of…well…checking…an evaluation report to assess it’s quality of evidence. It’s based on five principles: voice and inclusion, appropriateness, triangulation, contribution and transparency. As an evaluator, I will try using it myself to “check” the evaluation reports I author…