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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.

Managing the Politics of Evaluation - This course considers some of the challenges that evaluators and evaluation managers face when striving to have an impartial evaluation of a programme.

January

Webinar

Principles-Focused Evaluation: Newest Approach to Evaluating Complex Change Efforts
Online - 23rd January 2018 - Free

How can social innovators and would-be change makers ensure they are adhering to core principles and assess whether doing so is yielding desired results? Join the Tamarack Institute on January 23rd for an interview with Michael Quinn Patton, to learn more about his latest book - Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE -  focused on the principles-focused evaluation (P-FE) approach and explore its relevance and application in a range of settings from poverty reduction, homelessness and reconciliation with Indigenous communities.

Complexity theory and “invisible mechanisms”: Implications for methods and commissioning
Online - 31st January 2018 - Free

This presentation continues the CECAN series on realist research and evaluation and their use in relation to complexity. It focuses on the issue of causation. Causation is of critical interest to policy and program authors, who seek to cause (or steer) change; to evaluators who seek to attribute outcomes to interventions, and to researchers who seek to understand particular aspects of the operations of complex systems.  

Course

Training on Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation
Kenya - 29th January 2018 to 22nd February 2018 - Paid

The 5 days course covers the principles and practices for results based monitoring and evaluation. This course equips participants with skills in setting up and implementing results based monitoring and evaluation systems. The participants will benefit from the latest M&E practices including the results and participatory approaches. This course will bring learning to practice for participants to learn about the results levels and their linkage with indicators and techniques for tracking and assessing the progress of a project with the aim of achieving long term results.

E-learning

Effective and Creative Evaluation Report Writing
Online - 31st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 - Paid

This online course focuses on the key product of an evaluation: the Evaluation Report. 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. The course is also available in French language. The course is self-paced with no fixed start or finish dates. Enrolments are now open and will remain open all around the year.

February

Course

'Real-World' Evaluation: Ten Key Principles for Evaluating Complex Health and Social Interventions
United Kingdom - 1st February 2018 to 2nd February 2018 - Paid

The course is primarily focused on evaluations in complex ‘real-world’ situations, in which the evaluator has limited control over the intervention or context, and traditional experimental methods are inappropriate. It aims to introduce ten key principles for evaluation of complex interventions and how to apply these in health and social care settings. During the 2-day short course, time will be provided for structured, self-directed study to reflect on experiences and begin to design an evaluation proposal that is in line with the nature of your specific needs.

Workshop

Bayesian analysis using STATA
Australia - 5th February 2018 to 9th February 2018 - Paid

This workshop will demonstrate the use of Bayesian analysis in various applications and will introduce Stata's suite of commands for conducting Bayesian analysis. You will learn the difference between Bayesian analysis and frequentist analysis, and the advantages and disadvantages of the Bayesian approach. You will learn how to work with Bayesian statistics, selecting priors and estimating posterior distributions and making predictions. You will learn about Bayesian computation including Markov chain Monte Carlo methods. You will learn how to compute effective sample sizes, judge model diagnostics, and perform Bayesian hypothesis testing. You will also learn how to fit Bayesian linear and nonlinear models to different types of outcomes. By the end of the workshop you should be comfortable performing Bayesian analysis in Stata.

Machine learning using Python
Australia - 19th February 2018 to 23rd February 2018 - Paid

Machine learning describes a set of data analysis methods that automatically detects patterns in data and use them to predict future data and guide decision making, often in real-time. Machine Learning is inherently iterative because as the method is exposed to new data, then it can learn from patterns and is able to independently adapt without the need to be explicitly programmed. Thus, the method learns from previous computations to produce reliable, repeatable results. This workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction to machine learning for predictive problems (known as supervised learning), with a focus on practical implementation and applications. Starting with basic methods such as linear regression, naïve Bayes and logistic regression, the workshop will build towards popular algorithms that have the ability to learn complex patterns from data, such as random forests, gradient boosting, and neural networks.

Introduction to Social Network Analysis
Australia - 21st February 2018 - Paid

Social network analysis (SNA) is a particularly useful approach for capturing the structure and interactions of the networks and connections that exist between individuals, groups and organisations. SNA provides a framework for collecting and analysing data and displaying it through network maps. This workshop will introduce SNA to attendees as an evaluative technique, the theory that underpins it and the ways it is implemented. This is an introductory level workshop with no prior knowledge needed. The skills learned will be useful for a range of responsibilities - from evaluation or program design through to stakeholder engagement.  

Conference

EvalFest 2018: Voice, visibility and value
India - 7th February 2018 to 9th February 2018 - Free

EvalFest 2018 is a three-day event that aims to contribute to building a culture of evaluation through advocacy, and capacity building by sharing knowledge about best practices, approaches and evaluation methods that are participatory, contextual, replicable and adaptable.

March

Course

Evaluating and managing for sustainable development impact
Netherlands - 19th March 2018 to 6th April 2018 - Paid

The development landscape has changed significantly over the last few decades, becoming increasingly complex. Many of the issues we face today, such as climate change, poverty and conflict, call for a new way of doing business, so as to collaboratively contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals. This course is highly interactive and links the theory and concepts to the experience and expertise of participants. A selection of case studies from participants will be used as material for practice. Active discussions, group assignments, role plays as well as networking are part of the interactive mode of facilitation. Participants will receive individual coaching by peers and course facilitators in translating and adapting course content to an approach that is appropriate and feasible for application back home.

Conference

MERL Tech UK 2018
United Kingdom - 19th March 2018 to 20th March 2018 - Paid

MERL Tech is a space for discussion, learning and sharing experiences and challenges with the use of technologies for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) in the social impact and humanitarian and international development fields. At MERL Tech London, participants will have the chance to meet, learn from, debate with 200 of your MERL Tech peers and to see live demos of new tools and approaches to MERL.    

18th Global Development Conference - 'Science, Technology and Innovation for Development'
India - 22nd March 2018 to 23rd March 2018 - Paid

GDN's 18th Global Development Conference, titled 'Science, Technology and Innovation for Development,' will be held in New Delhi on 22-23 March, 2018. The conference will be a forum where global actors from governments, research, private sector and civil society can share knowledge and practices on innovative initiatives to address the development challenges of today and tomorrow. Discussions will enable progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The thematic focus of the conference is threefold: Global Health Challenges, Sustainable Agriculture, and Skills, Employment & Industrial Transformation.

April

Conference

M&E on the Cutting Edge: Communicating Evidence for Sustainable Development
Netherlands - 4th April 2018 to 5th April 2018 - Paid

This conference aims to seek clarity in the role that communication can play in generating and using evidence for sustainable development. How can evidence generated by research, monitoring and evaluation, dialogue, et cetera be better used to influence decision making and transformational change? What are other factors at play when influencing transformational change processes and how can we deal with this? What role can communication play in all of these processes? And what does this mean for you as a development professional?

"Contexts, Mechanisms and Beyond!” Realist Methodology in Health & Care Research 1 day Conference
United Kingdom - 14th April 2018 - Paid

The Bangor University invites researchers involved in research with a realist approach to join them for a one day conference.

May

Conference

UKES Annual Evaluation Conference 2018
United Kingdom - 2nd May 2018 to 3rd May 2018 - Paid

The theme of the 2018 United Kingdom Evaluation Society (UKES)' Annual Evaluation Conference is: The Quality of Evidence from Evaluation - demand, supply, and use. Fundamentally, evaluation should provide information that is credible and useful, enabling the incorporation of lessons learned into decision-making processes. This year’s theme focuses on quality throughout the evaluation cycle. By framing the theme around the evaluation cycle, we can consider the demand for, production and uptake of high quality evidence from evaluations.

CES-SCÉ Conference 2018: Co-Creation
Canada - 26th May 2018 to 1st June 2018 - Paid

The Canadian Evaluation Society's annual conference will be held in Calgary in 2018. The conference theme is 'Co-Creation'.

July

Conference

ANZEA Conference 2018
New Zealand - 16th July 2018 to 19th July 2018 - Paid

The theme for the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association is: Evaluation for change: Change for evaluation – He  arotake rereketanga: Kia rereke te arotaketanga. The conference is being held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland, July 16-18 2018. Full day workshops will be held on July 19.

September

Conference

AES International Evaluation Conference 2018
Australia - 19th September 2018 to 21st September 2018 - Paid

There is an ongoing and urgent need to move towards culturally safe, appropriate and relevant evaluations that contribute to better outcomes for Indigenous peoples. There is an increasing appetite from funders to explore how innovation can solve some of our most complex social and environmental challenges. Governments are embracing these new approaches and demanding  real time evidence of what is working. Philanthropy and not-for-profits are transforming too. At the same time new players are doing the work traditionally associated with evaluation, in innovative ways, with access to more data than ever before. In this context, it is critical that evaluation transforms to remain relevant, meet the market and meaningfully contribute to the changing face of Australasia. We invite you to explore this changing context and what it might mean for you and the areas in which you work with our aes2018 conference theme: transformations. As we explore what these transformations mean for the role of evaluation and evaluators, we hope to equip you with new questions, networks and ways of thinking. Join us in helping shape the future of evaluation in this changing context.

October

Conference

The 13th European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference
Greece - 1st October 2018 to 5th October 2018 - Paid

EES is excited to announce its 13th Biennial Conference from 1 to 5 October 2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The leading theme of the EES2018 Conference is “Evaluation for more resilient societies”. The Conference offers 5 days of debates on evaluation in times of financial, geopolitical, environmental and humanitarian crises.

Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 (GEIS)
Australia - 22nd October 2018 to 24th October 2018 - Paid

The Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 (GEIS) will bring together experts from across the world to talk about their experiences in generating and implementing evidence for better policy and practice. The summit will explore the evidence for designing, implementing and reviewing effective programs and policies. Expected to reach 700 delegates from 30 countries, GEIS 2018 will share the latest evidence synthesis and implementation science research and practice strategies for improving the lives of individuals, families and communities worldwide .

BigSurv 2018
Spain - 25th October 2018 to 27th October 2018 - Free

The European Survey Research Association (ESRA), will hold the first Big Data Meets Survey Science International Conference 2018 (BigSurv18) on October 25-27, 2018 at the Research and Expertise Center in Survey Methodology (RECSM) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona Spain. The theme of the conference is “Exploring New Statistical Frontiers at the Intersection of Survey Science and Big Data.”

AEA Evaluation Conference 2018: Speaking Truth to Power
United States - 28th October 2018 to 3rd November 2018 - Paid

Join the AEA community in a lively, critical conversation about the role of evaluators and evaluation in Speaking Truth to Power,  in Cleveland, October 28 – November 3.