Thanks to everyone for your posts about the AEA conference theme and for reading the blogs. With each post, I have learned something new and have been stimulated to think about the theme in a different way.
This year’s AEA theme of visionary evaluation challenges evaluators to consider how their work can contribute to a sustainable future. In this week’s blog post, we’ve asked Will Allen for advice about how evaluations can address sustainability.
When we talk about a “sustainable future” what do we mean?
This is #2 in our series on visionary evaluation. This year’s AEA Conference theme is visionary evaluation – systems thinking, equity and sustainability. Which begs the question what is systems thinking?
There are dozens of definitions but for me it is the combination of three things:
- Understanding inter-relationships
- Engaging with multiple-perspectives
- Reflecting on boundary choices
…. And how does that contribute to visionary evaluation?
Today we start a series on "visionary evaluation" - the theme of the 2014 American Evaluation Association conference in October. The series is designed to encourage discussion of these issues to inform presentations and discussions at the conference and to allow a global conversation about them.
We now have nearly 1,200 resources on the BetterEvaluation site – guides, tools, examples and overviews of different methods and processes for evaluation. They have come from user feedback, author recommendations and cool new material found on twitter.
Case studies are often used in evaluations – but not always in ways that use their real potential. Recently I had an opportunity to spend some time with the evaluation unit of UNOIOS (United Nations Office of Internal Oversight and Inspection) and some of their UN evaluation colleagues exploring ways to better use case studies in evaluation. Here are five lessons I took away from our time together.
This week we're highlighting non-English content areas, resources, and events. We recognise the importance of information in a range of languages which is why we are:
Last week I was lucky enough to be involved in a series of workshops by Stephanie Evergreen on presenting data effectively. I've walked away with a wealth of knowledge on how to choose the most appropriate chart, which tool will create it, and how to improve the chart's design to more effectively communicate my message.