Posts tagged ‘evaluation’

Tips for young / emerging evaluators

tips The Evaluation for Development blog from Zenda Ofir has been collating tips for young / emerging evaluators – that even experienced evaluators will find interesting. Here are some highlights:
From Zenda herself:
Top Tip 1. Open your mind. Read
Top Tip 2. Be mindful and explicit about what frames and shapes your evaluative judgments.
Top Tip 3. Be open to what constitutes “credible evidence”.
Top Tip 4. Focus a good part of your evaluative activities on “understanding”.
Top Tip 5. Be or become a systems thinker who can also deal with some complexity concepts.
Read more about these tips>>

From Juha Uitto:
Top Tip 1. Think beyond individual interventions and their objectives.
Top Tip 2. Understand, deal with and assess choices and trade-offs made or that should have been made.
Top Tip 3. Methods should not drive evaluations.
Top Tip 4. Think about our interconnected world, and implore others to do the same.
Read more about these tips>>

From Benita Williams:
Top Tip 1. The cruel tyranny of deadlines.
Top Tip 2. Paralysis from juggling competing priorities.
Top Tip 3. Annoyance when you are the messenger who gets shot at
Top Tip 4. Working with an evaluand that affects you emotionally
Top Tip 5. Feeling rejected if you do not land an assignment
Top Tip 6. Feeling demoralized when you work with people who do not understand evaluation
Top Tip 7. Feeling discouraged because of wasted blood sweat and tears
Top Tip 8. Feeling lazy if you try to maintain work-life balance when other consultants seem to work 24/7
Top Tip 9. Feeling overwhelmed by all of the skills and knowledge you should have
Read more about these tips>>

And from Michael Quinn Patton, just one tip:
Top tip 1: Steep yourself in the classics.
Read more about this tip>>

 

September 3, 2018 at 7:32 am 1 comment

New UN SG: “we need a culture of evaluation”

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…

November 15, 2016 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

Using cartoons to communicate on evaluation

Here is a great example (pdf) from the ILO evaluation office of using cartoons to explain an evaluation process / service; it just shows that visual methods can also be used to explain evaluation processes and services – in addition to communicating evaluation results.

New Picture (1)

 

August 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm 2 comments

The checklist as an evaluation tool: examples from other fields

 Rick Davies of the Monitoring and Evaluation NEWS blog has published an interesting post exploring how surgeons and pilots use checklist – and lists other interesting resources on this issue.

See also my earlier posts here and here on using checklists.

January 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

Three guides for focus groups

Recently I was running a series of focus groups and wanted to update myself on the “ways” and “hows” – I found the following three guides useful:

Designing and Conducting Focus Group Interviews (Richard A. Krueger, University of Minnesota) (pdf) >> 

 Guidelines for Conducting a Focus Group (Eliot & Associates) (pdf) >>

Toolkit for Conducting Focus Groups (Omni) (pdf) >>

 

September 25, 2014 at 7:23 pm 3 comments

Presenting evaluation data effectively

For those interested in presenting evaluation data effectively, here is a recent post from Nick Herft on the BetterEvaluation blog with some very useful tips and guidance.

 

August 9, 2014 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

Using video for evaluation baseline

I’ve written before about using video for data collection and reporting evaluation results – but I’ve just come across this interesting example of using video for a baseline, that is to record the situation before the project starts.

Miki Tsukamoto of the the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies explains this approach on the AEA365 blog which they used for a project in Uganda.  A summarised version of the resulting video is found below. They will return in 2017 to make an “endline” video – so stand-by!

May 27, 2014 at 6:26 am Leave a comment

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