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.
This guest blog is by Anoushka Kenley from NPC, who is one of the authors of NPC's recent report on Global Innovations in Measurement and Evaluation. Anoushka shares with us a bit of the process behind the report, and discusses three of the eight trends that the report focuses on and why they're important.
BetterEvaluation members at AES17
There are so many good presentations on at the AES this year, it can be difficult to know where to start. To help, we've used the AES 'My Sched' tool to go through and create a curated list of sessions that include at least one BetterEvaluation member as a presenter or session chair. The full list of BetterEvaluation members who are presenting is here (if we've missed you, please let us know):
We've got our head in realism this week, partly because early-bird registrations for the 2017 International Realist Conference close soon (Early-bird registration deadline has been extended until Thursday, September), and partly because we've been shown Chris Lysy's realist cartoon series (commissioned by the Rameses project) which made us giggle. You can view the full series of cartoons on the Rameses website, along with a number of other great resources about realist evaluation, including Ray Pawson's video series.
Chris Lysy, of Lysy Design, (and also known as Fresh Spectrum's 'evaluation cartoonist'), recently made our day by storifying an example of a logic model Patricia Rogers had previously created for the UNICEF Impact Evaluation Series in Brief 2: Theory of Change. With a few simple changes, Chris has managed to turn a rather static diagram into something that is more visually appealing and understandable to stakeholders.
He's kindly let us share it with you here, and you can find the original post along with more of Chris' writing on data design on the Lysy Design website along with help in telling the story of your data if you need it.
We're thrilled to be able to join the Australasian Evaluation Society at their 2017 International Conference in Canberra. We'll have a booth set up in the conference exhibition area and we'd love you to come say hello and join in the fun as we use our time at the AES to work with our members, website users, and the wider evaluation community to co-create and share knowledge about evaluation.
The Success Case Method approach is useful for documenting stories of impact and for understanding the factors that help or hinder impact. It is particularly useful for uncovering the contextual forces that influence impact. Originally designed for evaluating corporate training programs, the Success Case Method is now being applied to other programs including international development interventions.
In this guest blog, Sonal Zaveri (with input from the DECI team) discusses why a Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE) approach is a natural fit for adaptive management, supporting reflection and course correction.
We're delighted to be able to share the news that the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) has extended the deadline for the Emerging Indigenous Evaluators Support Grants for the AES17 International Evaluation Conference and workshops in Canberra.
Applications are now due on July 11, 2017.