BetterEvaluation is an international collaboration to improve the practice and theory of evaluation by creating and curating information on choosing and using evaluation methods and processes, including managing evaluations and strengthening evaluation capacity.
We support people to apply new knowledge to their particular situations, and to share their experiences and further contribute to learning how to do an evaluation better.
The BetterEvaluation website is the primary platform for this work. The site went live in October 2012.
BetterEvaluation supports three connected areas of activity: evaluation practice, evaluation capacity strengthening and research and development in evaluation.
Who is BetterEvaluation
BetterEvaluation was founded by four partners, ILAC, ODI, Pact, and RMIT University. Its main operations were physically based at RMIT University (Melbourne) for its first five years of operation, before it moved to ANZSOG as part of the Evidence and Evaluation Hub in August 2016.
Since its beginnings in 2012, BetterEvaluation has received financial support from the Australia New Zealand School of Government, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Research Into Use, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the International Development Research Centre, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the MasterCard Foundation. Founding partners were ODI, ILAC, Pact and RMIT University.
We welcome your feedback, questions and comments. If you are logged in, you can contact the following people from the founding organisations. Alternatively, contact us here.
Patricia Rogers, Professor of Public Sector Evaluation, RMIT University, Australia
Role in BetterEvaluation: Project director
Something to share: "There is always so much to learn about evaluation - new options, new ways of applying options, and ways of applying them better. It's great to have a chance to learn from people doing amazing things in evaluation across the world."
Greet Peersman, Associate Professor, RMIT University, Australia
Role in BetterEvaluation: Project Deputy Director.
Something to share: "I joined the BetterEvaluation team in 2013 with a background in monitoring and evaluation in public health and development. I am particularly interested in evaluation capacity building and knowledge management. In our busy professional lives, we don’t take enough time for thoughtful reflection on what we do and how we do it. For me, BetterEvaluation is the go-to-place for doing just that, together."
Alice Macfarlan, Australian New Zealand School of Government; Public Engagement and Communications Officer, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University
Role in BetterEvaluation: Website Administrator and Community Manager
Something to share: "I’ve been involved with the BetterEvaluation project since 2014, and came on as the Website Administrator at the beginning of 2016. I think the wonderful thing about this project is that it’s become such a vehicle for bringing together people and knowledge about evaluation. I love hearing about how people use the site, and spend a lot of my time thinking about how we can improve it."
Nick Herft, BetterEvaluation Website Consultant , RMIT University, Australia
Role in BetterEvaluation: Formerly BetterEvaluation’s Website Coordinator, Nick is still involved in projects related to improving the BetterEvaluation website’s functionality and providing technical support and advice to the core team.
Something to share: "I have a background in Information Technology: Multimedia Technology which comes in handy for evaluating and enhancing the BetterEvaluation website. I am grateful to be involved in this project as I'm frequently challenged in different ways which enables me to develop new skills."
Others who have made significant contributions to the development of BetterEvaluation
- Simon Hearn, Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute, London
- Cristina Sette, Knowledge Sharing and Learning Specialist, Institutional Learning and Change Initiative of the CGIAR, Rome
- Kaye Stevens, Researcher and Evaluator, RMIT University, Australia
- Rick Davies, MandE News
- Irene Guijt, Learning by Design
- Nancy White, Full Circle Associates
- Beta partners and external advisors who have provided feedback on early versions of the site
- CoreWeb, initial Drupal development and maintenance team
- Trellon, Drupal development and maintenance team (2013 - current)
Use this format for citing the BetterEvaluation website:
Author (the year the page was last updated or published). Page title. BetterEvaluation. Retrieved Month Year from URL.
For example, if you wanted to cite this page: http://betterevaluation.org/plan/describe/visualise_data the citation would look like:
Evergreen, S. (n.d.) Visualise Data. BetterEvaluation. Retrieved September 2014 from http://betterevaluation.org/plan/describe/visualise_data
The authors of a page are identified near the bottom of the page. If there are no authors, you can use this format:
Visualise Data. BetterEvaluation. (n.d.). Retrieved September 2014 from http://betterevaluation.org/plan/describe/visualise_data