Events

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Here is some upcoming events of interest to the evaluation community. Please don't hesitate to suggest an event.

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.

April

Workshop

Evaluation essentials workshops
Australia - 30th April 2018 to 2nd May 2018 - Paid

This event is broken up into three workshops: Fundamentals of Program Evaluation / Theories of Evaluation How to deal with squeaky wheels and engagement fatigue: Evaluating community engagement / Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Evaluation Facilitation and Participatory Approaches for Evaluators / Introduction to Social Network Analysis

Outcome Mapping Learning and Exchange
Thailand - 30th April 2018 to 2nd May 2018 - Paid

The event offers a series of workshops, networking and peer-learning opportunities designed to respond to the interests and needs of participants and help them address their M&E challenges. It for people who are brand new to OM as well as those who wish to refine and dig deeper into their Outcome Mapping knowledge and skills.

Course

Mobile Phone Based Data Collection Using ODK and Mapping Training
Kenya - 30th April 2018 to 4th May 2018 - Paid

Mobile Phone Based Data Collection using ODK has been acknowledged world-wide by researchers, non-governmental organizations, relief agencies and health ministries among other organization as very useful and convenient data collection method substituting paper based data collection method. This training will equip participants with the ability to put in place all the pieces required for a mobile data collection system.

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'.

Course

Leadership in Project Management
Online - 21st May 2018 to 8th June 2018 - Paid

This course presents the principles of Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) Cycle.  DM&E is a critical element of development projects as it provides the information needed to make decisions for project management, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the interventions and satisfy accountability requirements.

Cost-benefit analysis: concepts and practice
Australia - 22nd May 2018 to 23rd May 2018 - Paid

Spending decisions can be made for political reasons, but rigorous cost-benefit analysis ensures that ministers make decisions with their eyes wide open. ANU Crawford School’s Dr. Leo Dobes will help participants understand theory and practice. “Many agencies lack the expertise to carry out a cost-benefit analysis or even commission one,” Dr. Dobes says. “This is leading to ineffective policy and white elephant infrastructure.”

June

Course

Adaptive Management Working Effectively in the Complexity of International Development
Italy - 11th June 2018 to 15th June 2018 - Paid

Designed by practitioners for practitioners, this 5-day course offers a blend of grounded theory which helps us to understand the importance of complexity, the need for Adaptive Management (AM), and its applications for international development programming. Presentations, discussions, case studies and clinics, where participants bring their own challenges and dilemmas into the room for discussion, will help participants to gain insights about the benefits and limitations of mainstream M&E and results-based management tools, and to consider when and why AM approaches, systems and tools are needed.

Influencing human behaviour: solutions for public policy
Australia - 26th June 2018 to 27th June 2018 - Paid

Over two days, the BehaviourWorks Australia team will use case studies and compelling examples of behavioural solutions in the public sector to show participants how to apply a behavioural lens to problems faced by policy makers at any level. 

Workshop

Outcome Harvesting for Complex Development Programs
Italy - 18th June 2018 to 20th June 2018 - Paid

Outcome Harvesting is a utilisation-focused, highly participatory evaluation tool that enables evaluators, grantmakers, and managers to identify, formulate, verify, and make sense of outcomes they have influenced when at the time of planning the relationships of cause-effect were substantially unknown. 

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.

August

Workshop

Solving complex problems well: tools and techniques
Australia - 14th August 2018 to 15th August 2018 - Paid

In this workshop, Dr Nick Fleming draws on his 20-plus years of international experience to bring a fresh, insightful and empowering approach to solving problems in government.

September

Course

Evaluation for the public sector
Australia - 5th September 2018 to 6th September 2018 - Paid

Dr George Argyrous and Professor Patricia Rogers will help you understand the conceptual and practical issues involved in evaluating public sector policies and programs, and evaluation’s role as a key tool for decision-makers.

Milan Summer School in Cost-Benefit Analysis
Italy - 10th September 2018 to 14th September 2018 - Paid

The school offers an intensive and participative learning experience focused on the appraisal (Cost Benefit Analysis, CBA) of major infrastructure projects, with a focus on those asking for co-financing under the European Structural and Investment Funds in the programming period 2014-2020. The structure of the school reflects the need to provide an overview and introduction to principles and methods of CBA for beginners and to offer a more in-depth understanding of sectoral applications for more advanced trainees.

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.

Course

Communicate for impact and influence
New Zealand - 10th October 2018 to 11th October 2018 - Paid

Communicate for impact and influence will help participants develop confidence and skills to tell a compelling evidence-based narrative with the power to influence change in all aspects of working life. This interactive two-day workshop is being led by communications expert Dr Zina O’Leary and executive voice coach and award-winning actor Debra Lawrance. Together, they will teach you how to craft engaging, influential messages and deliver them clearly, confidently and with presence to ensure you are heard.