Many evaluations include a process of developing logic models and theories of change – an explanation of how the activities of a program, project, policy, network or event are expected to contribute to particular results in the short-term and longer-term. They have been used for many years - versions can be seen in Carol Weiss’ 1972 book "Evaluation research: methods for assessing program effectiveness" - and they have been mainstreamed in many organisations
In this blog we thought we'd highlight a few of the things you can do with BetterEvaluation to make your experience with the site and community better, and more useful to you.
Part of our commitment to better evaluation is making sure that evaluation itself is evaluated better. Like any intervention, evaluations can be evaluated in different ways.
While there are many guidelines and tools to support those conducting evaluations, there are far fewer resources specifically focused on commissioners and managers of evaluation.
Adaptive management is usually understood to refer to an iterative process of reviewing and making changes to programmes and projects throughout implementation.
All too often conferences fail to make good use of the experience and knowledge of people attending, with most time spent presenting prepared material that could be better delivered other ways, and not enough time spent on discussions and active learning. With closing dates for two evaluation conferences fast approaching (the Australasian Evaluation Society and the American Evaluation Association), could you propose something more useful, that would demonstrate how much we know and care about communicating and using information?
The wonderful thing about BetterEvaluation is that it is, at its core, a platform to co-create and share knowledge about how to better conduct, use and manage evaluations.
Evaluation practitioners and managers, experts and partner organizations work together to create and learn from improved knowledge and practice in monitoring and evaluation. We support three interconnected areas of activity - capacity strengthening, M&E research and development, and the BetterEvaluation toolbox, which includes the Rainbow Framework and the BetterEvaluation resource library.
Last week we launched our newest theme page Sustained and Emerging Impacts Evaluation, authored by Jindra Cekan (Valuing Voices), Laurie Zivetz (Valuing Voices), and Patricia Rogers (BetterEvaluation/ANZSOG). The page argues for the need to go back and evaluate the impacts of a project or programme some time after the end of an intervention, and gives some advice on how to do this.