What can be done to support the use of evaluation? How can evaluators, evaluation managers and others involved in or affected by evaluations support the constructive use of findings and evaluation processes?
RMIT's Centre for Applied Social Research presents this special panel discussion on taking your research to the public and making an impact.
Producing a research report, book or journal article is all well and good, but often this isn’t enough to make an impact outside academia. We’ve asked Professor Patricia Rogers, BetterEvaluation Director, and a panel of senior researchers to discuss how they’ve gone beyond the publication to have their research talked about and listened to, and what frustrations this sometimes entails.
This course is designed to equip participants with essential skills and knowledge to write high quality research reports. You will go through the process of report-writing, starting with planning a report to meet the needs of different audiences, then moving on to consider overall structure and format, organization of material into sections or chapters and how to present different kinds of material in different ways to maximize impact and ease of use.
A few weeks ago we responded to a question from BetterEvaluation user Rituu B. Nanda on interesting ways of presenting data in evaluation reports. The conversation continued on the American Evaluation Association LinkedIn group. This week we're sharing some ideas from Rakesh Mohan on ways of making evaluation reports more interesting. Rakesh is Director at the Office of Performance Evaluations, Idaho State Legislature. He discusses how his team presented the findings of different evaluations which were intended for both policy-makers and public audiences.
This week we start the first in an ongoing series of Real-Time Evaluation Queries, where BetterEvaluation members ask for advice and assistance with something they are working on, together we suggest some strategies and useful resources - and then we find out what was actually useful (or not) and why.
Recently BetterEvaluation member Rituu B. Nanda asked us for advice on producing interesting evaluation reports:
In the last in our series of blogs on using video in evaluation, Glenn O'Neil joins us to discuss how you can use video to communicate your evaluation findings. The BetterEvaluation rainbow framework explores how you can help your evaluation findings have impact - why not consider using video as a practical tool in your communication strategy?
This blog post summarises some great tools, methods and tips for enhancing your communication and evaluation reporting. It's based on two conference sessions I've attended recently, one at the European Evaluation Society earlier in Oct 2012 and one at the American Evaluation Association taking place right now in Minneapolis.
One of the trickiest situations in evaluation is when, after the draft report is submitted, it becomes clear that the evaluation team and the commissioning organization have different ideas about what the evaluation should do and how it should do it - and therefore have major differences about what the evaluation report should say.