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. 

March

Workshop

AES Workshop: Performance Story Reports
Australia - 23rd March 2017 - Paid

Performance story reports aim to strike a good balance between depth of information and brevity. They aim to be written in accessible language and help build a credible case about the contribution a program has made towards outcomes or targets. They help teams and organisations to focus on results and also provide a common language for discussing different programs. This workshop will explore different approaches to performance story, and how performance story reports are developed. It will outline steps to building a report and explore the role of program logic and evidence in developing the report. It will be an interactive and engaging workshop involving case studies and group process.

Program Logic / Theory of Change (2 days)
Australia - 29th March 2017 to 30th March 2017 - Paid

This workshop style training course introduces the program logic / theory of change concept and a step by step process for creating a logic model for programs of all types and levels of complexity. A program logic/ theory of change focuses not just on how a project is trying to achieve change, and what kinds of change, but also on who needs to change. The course includes discussion of how program logic / theory of change can be used for program design and to provide the structure for monitoring and evaluation plans. 

Advanced Program Logic (1 day)
Australia - 31st March 2017 - Paid

For deeper study of the use of program logic/theory of change we offer an extra day following our two-day course. The workshop is for experienced facilitators or those who have already attended several courses on this topic. If you have already mastered the basics and wish to find answers to more in-depth challenges or learn how to develop logic/ theory of change for more complex programs then this course is for you. 

Conference

AfrEA Conference 2017
Uganda - 27th March 2017 to 31st March 2017 - Paid

The 8th AfrEA International Conference 2017 aims to promote exchange between researchers, academia, emerging evaluators and practitioners on demand and supply of credible evaluative evidence in support of the SDGs in Africa. It will also build capacity to design, manage and use evaluations to help Governments achieve their national and international development agendas, particularly around the SDGs and the Africa2063 Agenda. This year's theme is: Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa.

Seminar

Mastering Theory-Based Impact Evaluation
Netherlands - 28th March 2017 to 29th March 2017 - Paid

This seminar will focus on theory-based impact evaluation, drawing on the latest advances made in terms of methodology. The most cited methods – process tracing, congruence analysis, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Pawson and Tilley’s realist evaluation and Mayne’s contribution analysis – will all be covered and put into perspective. Several cases will be used to explain these methods. You will also undertake a number of exercises to better understand the methods. An important focus of the course will be to show you how theory-based impact evaluation can match the rigour associated with counterfactual impact evaluation. The seminar is aimed at those with experienced in impact evaluation who wish to further advance their capabilities in this field.

April

Conference

Conference: Measuring what matters in a 'post-truth' society
Netherlands - 6th April 2017 - Paid

The Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation organises the 9th annual ‘M&E on the Cutting Edge’ conference on the 6th of April 2017. This conference seeks to get clarity and learn about how to measure what matters, when we are aiming for SDGs yet we seem to live in a ‘post-truth’ society.

Canadian Evaluation Society Conference - Facing Forward: Innovation, Action and Reflection
Canada - 30th April 2017 to 3rd May 2017 - Paid

The 2017 Canadian Evaluation Society Annual Conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, April 30th to May 3rd. The theme of the conference, “Facing Forward:  Innovation, Action and Reflection”, is designed to inspire evaluators at all levels to delve into the latest methods and approaches evaluators are applying in a wide range of contexts and help us explore the ways in which we can incorporate reflection into practice.

June

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.

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.