About Us

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 is an international public-good project with contributors from many countries and organisations.  The core team is currently based at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), in Melbourne, Australia.  BetterEvaluation was founded by four partner organisations, ILAC (Institutional Learning and Change initiative of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), ODI (Overseas Development Institute), Pact, and RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).

Financial support

Since its beginnings in 2012, BetterEvaluation has received financial support from (in alphabetical order) Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government,  the International Development Research Centre, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the MasterCard Foundation,  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Research Into Use, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as in-kind contributions from founding partners  ODI, ILAC, Pact and RMIT University.

Contact

We welcome your feedback, questions and comments. If you are logged in, you can contact the following people from the core team. Alternatively, contact us here.

 

Patricia Rogers, Professor of Public Sector Evaluation, Australia and New Zealand School of Government, 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, Australia and New Zealand School of Government, 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, Australia and New Zealand School of Government

Role in BetterEvaluation: Website and Engagement Co-Ordinator
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, UX Designer / Information Architect, Australia and New Zealand School of Government

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)

Citing BetterEvaluation

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