Presentation in Vienna: Evaluating Advocacy and Communication: Challenges and Solutions

slide1-8Next Wednesday afternoon, 9 May, I am happy to announce that I will be making a presentation for the Vienna Evaluation Network on “Evaluating advocacy and communication: challenges and solutions”. Further information is available here. All interested persons are welcome to attend!

May 1, 2018 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

New e-learning course: managing the politics of evaluation

One of the challenges faced in evaluation is managing the politics involved – notably with the “tricky triangle” between the evaluator, the commissioners and the project being evaluated.  Key is to try and preserve the impartiality and independence of the evaluation while meeting the needs of all stakeholders.

To help tackle these challenges, a new e-learning course is available from TRAASS International – “Managing the Politics of Evaluation“.  The course is taught over 5 modules by Dr  Marlène Laubi Loud, an experienced evaluator and commissioner.  More information is available here>>. 

You can learn more about the course in this video:

Full disclosure: I also teach e-learning modules for TRAASS International on evaluation report writing and how to be a successful evaluation consultant.

 

April 24, 2018 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Use and value of evaluations

What is the value and use of evaluations is a commonly asked question from many funding or commissioning evaluations. So of interest is that the Hewlett Foundation has just carried out an interesting study on the use and value of the evaluations they carry out.  Some of their key findings were:

  • Evaluation quality has improved over time
  • Spending on evaluation has nearly doubled
  • Higher-quality evaluations cost more
  • Evaluations are being shared more than in the past, but there’s room to improve
  • Evaluations are valuable and used in multiple ways

    On this last finding, they provide the following breakdown on evaluation use- interesting to see that only 3% of evaluations had “no use” – good news for evaluation!

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Read more about the study here>>

Together with the Centre for Evaluation Innovation, the Hewlett Foundation is holding a free webinar on the study – April 19, 2018 2:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) –  Register here>>

 

April 16, 2018 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

New resource: Communications monitoring, evaluation and learning toolkit

odi toolkit  The Uk-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has published a new resource “Communications monitoring, evaluation and learning toolkit“; the toolkit focuses mainly on how to monitor your communication outputs and has some handy indicators by channel.

 

February 14, 2018 at 5:36 am 1 comment

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

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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

New resource: Contribution Analysis – assessing advocacy influence

As a long time fan of contribution analysis for advocacy evaluation, I was very interested to see this new handbook on Contribution Analysis in Policy Work – Assessing Advocacy’s Influence (pdf). The handbook takes you the steps of contribution analysis with examples provided.

December 5, 2017 at 8:29 am Leave a comment

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