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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.



Developmental Evaluation
Australia - 21st March 2018 - Free

In Developmental Evaluation, evaluative thinking and methods of evaluation assist social innovators to develop social change initiatives. Developmental Evaluation therefore contributes to the design of programs and sees evaluators providing real-time, or close to real-time, feedback to those testing different solutions as part of design. In some highly complex and emergent programs, the design phase is extended (possibly even indefinitely!) and in these cases the role of developmental evaluation is also extended. Come along to this seminar to understand some of the latest developments about Developmental Evaluation as well as exploring challenges and benefits. 

Learn How To Master Theory-Based Impact Evaluation
Netherlands - 21st March 2018 to 22nd March 2018 - Paid

In this seminar you will learn about theory-based impact evaluation, drawing on the latest advances made in terms of methodologies for impact evaluation from impact evaluation expert Benedict Wauters.


Interview skills: Listening to understand
Australia - 22nd March 2018 - Paid

This applied workshop is designed as a practical forum for participants to learn the fundamentals of good interviewing to ensure that meaningful data is collected. The workshop focuses participants on what they need to know and how to properly prepare for an interview. Next participants are introduced to a core interviewing competency framework and have the opportunity to put their interviewing skills into practice.

Questionnaire design: Asking the right questions
Australia - 22nd March 2018 - Paid

This applied workshop is designed as a practical forum for participants to learn the fundamentals of good survey design and to develop surveys that ensure meaningful data is collected. Starting from what it is participants want to know, the workshop takes participants through the process of designing a survey with reporting needs in mind, selecting scales, constructing questions and tips for finalising and preparing a survey instrument.

Cross Cultural Evaluation
Australia - 26th March 2018 - Paid

The context for this workshop is the idea that different cultural values have an influence on the notion and practice of evaluation in diverse contexts.  In practice, the workshop aims to support evaluators who undertake evaluations in multi-cultural settings or in cultural contexts other than their own.  It provides a framework for understanding cultural value differences and an opportunity for discussion about the implications of this framework for evaluation practice. The workshop proposes a set of approaches, skills and tools that may be useful. 


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.



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.


AES Workshop: Theory based approaches for complex systems
Australia - 11th April 2018 to 12th April 2018 - Paid

This workshop is designed to enable participants to understand and explore theory based approaches to evaluation of complex programs, and/or programs in complex contexts.

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.



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'.


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.”



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. 



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.



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.



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.


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.



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.


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.