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Using logic models and theories of change better in evaluation

Patricia Rogers's picture 19th May 2017 by Patricia Rogers

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

What would an evaluation conference look like if it was run by people who know and care about presenting information to support use? (hint - that should be us)

Patricia Rogers's picture 2nd March 2017 by Patricia Rogers

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?

Learning from practice: Inception reports and social learning - do you have examples or advice to share?

Alice Macfarlan's picture 14th February 2017 by Alice Macfarlan

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. 

Let's talk about Sustained and Emerging Impacts Evaluation

Alice Macfarlan's picture 10th February 2017 by Alice Macfarlan

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. 

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