Events

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Open online courses

Effective and Creative Evaluation Report Writing - In this course, students will learn best practices for effective and creative report writing specific to evaluation reports. Learning points and practical exercises are combined to develop skills in putting together an effective and engaging evaluation report.

Cutting-Edge Monitoring & Evaluation: A Guide for Practitioners - This course lays the ground for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) by considering challenges in current M&E practice, introducing a tool-box of evaluation techniques and showing where these can be best applied. 

How to Be a Successful Evaluation Consultant - This course provides the opportunity to learn how to establish, manage and maintain an evaluation consultancy.

June

Webinar

Using Qualitative Methods to Evaluate Impact in Violence Reduction Programs: The Case of Honduras
Online - 13th June 2017 - Free

In the case of violence reduction programs in Honduras, qualitative proxy indicators, such as perceptions of security, illustrated qualitatively the impact of Creative Associates’ programming there. In this webinar, Noy Villalobos, Senior Director for Field Administration, will discuss how she used qualitative methods and indicators to measure impact in Creative Associates’ violence reduction programs in Honduras.

Conference

RDI Conference: Partnering for Impact on Sustainable Development: collaboration, coordination and solidarity
Australia - 13th June 2017 to 14th June 2017 - Paid

The Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network and the University of Sydney invite you to join the 6th RDI Conference to be held on 13-14 June 2017 in Sydney. This Conference promises to offer international development practitioners, academics, students, consultants and private sector representatives a unique opportunity to explore and develop opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and partnership. The theme for 2017, Partnering for Impact on Sustainable Development: collaboration, coordination and solidarity, builds upon the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will combine data, innovation, and expertise in analysing development impact.

Evaluation that matters. Ways to improve public policies.
Poland - 21st June 2017 to 22nd June 2017 - Free

This year Ministry of Economic Development and Polish Agency for Enterprise Development hosts 12th International Evaluation Conference  "Evaluation that matters. Ways to improve public policies." The event will take place in Wrocław 21st – 22nd June in Mercure Hotel at plac Dominikański 1. The aim of the conference is to present the results of public policies in the European Union. The evidence provided by the evaluation study not only illustrates the results of the actions taken, but also explains the socio-economic mechanisms, opportunities and barriers of the countries concerned.  

Course

Summer training course on Advanced Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting
Italy - 14th June 2017 to 21st June 2017 - Paid

This is the 12th annual season of the Monitoring and Evaluation Professional Summer Training Programme for Development Experts and Practitioners. The focus this year is on two methods for planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) - Advanced Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting - that enable programme managers to plan, implement and report on their outcomes in dynamic environments where development results can be both planned and unanticipated. The two modules on Advanced Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting are designed as tools for the adaptive management of complex development programmes, beyond the usual M&E methods of Result-Based M&E and the Logical Framework.

Workshop

Applied MERL training
South Africa - 20th June 2017 to 21st June 2017 - Paid

This course give practitioners the ability to gain the best out of two worlds: Traditional M&E and emerging concepts and tools from a worldwide movement to put the “learning” back into MERL. This course challenges evaluators and MERL practitioners to personally engage and grapple with the emerging science of complexity and systems thinking. It requires nothing less than a full assessment of one’s own worldview, seen through the lens of this relatively new scientific “truth” about what the world is and how it functions. Novel methodologies can only be developed once we’ve revised our basic assumptions about the nature of reality. 

July

Course

The Evaluators' Institute - July 2017 Program
United States - 10th July 2017 to 22nd July 2017 - Paid

The TEI programs offer a wide variety of courses suited to professionals whose skills range from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional. Courses last from one to five days, often spread across one- or two-week programs, so participants may tailor the length and depth of their training to suit their needs. Participation in TEI programs builds towards TEI's professional certificates in evaluation.

Webinar

Evaluating Performance in Disaster Management
Online - 19th July 2017 - Free

Measuring performance in disaster management can lead to the evaluation of several different programming aspects. This includes prevention, preparedness, deterrence, and response. In this webinar, Samantha C. Phillips, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Philadelphia, will use a case study of the 2015 Amtrak disaster to illustrate the metrics the city of Philadelphia used to measure its performance related to prevention, preparedness, deterrence, and response.

August

Workshop

Advanced Program Logic
Australia - 16th August 2017 - Paid

ANZSOG Professor of Public Sector Evaluation, Patricia Rogers, has been using logic models for 30 years, and has applied program theory across projects, programs and policies in many different sectors in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. “A good program theory that shows the complication of interventions helps you develop better performance modelling, better synthesis of evidence, and better communication of the public value that projects and policies create,” Professor Rogers says.

September

Conference

International conference of Australasian Evaluation Society
Australia - 3rd September 2017 to 7th September 2017 - Paid

The theme of the conference is Evaluation Capital.  While hinting at the national capital location (Canberra), the conference theme highlights two important ideas: evaluation is a durable asset for sound governance; and  the inherently political nature of evaluation.     

Webinar

Complexity Aware Monitoring
Online - 22nd September 2017 - Free

How an evaluation is designed depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the project itself. Using a Cynefin framework is one way to flesh out potential complexities and evaluation designs, towards developing an appropriate approach to evaluate a project. In this webinar, Kirsten Boarding Collins, founder and director of AdaptivePurpose, will illustrate how evaluators use Cynefin frameworks to understand the complexity of a project, thus highlighting an appropriate approach for evaluation.

October

Conference

2017 International Realist Conference
Australia - 24th October 2017 to 26th October 2017 - Paid

The 2017 Realist Conference invites realist researchers, evaluators, theorists and methodologists of all descriptions, along with those who are commissioning realist work and those who are using it to inform practice and policy together to answer: In what circumstances and for whom have realist methods been useful, in what respects, and why? In what contexts have they not proved useful, and why?  How do the specific methods we use in our research or evaluation contribute (or not) to their use? What new developments or methods would further support their use?  

November

Webinar

Evaluating Programs in Complex Environments: The Case of Afghanistan
Online - 2nd November 2017 - Free

Evaluating programs in complex environments presents a unique set of challenges, including those related to human resources, security, data, methodology, and reporting. In this webinar, Mitch Teberg, M&E Specialist, uses the case of Afghanistan to highlight these challenges and offer some solutions.