Events

January

E-learning

Managing the Politics of Evaluation
Online - 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 - Paid

This course considers some of the challenges that evaluators and evaluation managers face when striving to have an impartial evaluation of a programme. Although there are certainly political factors stemming from ideological and policy debates that can affect the success of an intervention, this  course will particularly focus on how the political interests of the various partners involved can influence the evaluation process. It will then go on to look at what measures can be taken to address these potential threats and protect the professional integrity of the evaluator and the contract manager.

Cutting-Edge Monitoring & Evaluation: A Guide for Practitioners – Open Online Course
Online - 1st January 2018 to 31st January 2018 - Paid

This online course lays the ground for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to make vital contributions to incentivise change and measure performance. The course considers challenges in current M&E practice, introduces a tool-box of evaluation techniques and shows where these can be best applied. Ways of promoting early participation and the engagement of key stakeholders are explored and a step-by-step action plan to improve practice of M&E is provided.

How to Be a Successful Evaluation Consultant
Online - 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 - Paid

This course provides the opportunity to learn how to establish, manage and maintain an evaluation consultancy from a trainer who has managed his own consultancy for more than 15 years. Issues covered include: How to set-up as an evaluation consultant and find your niche; How to find work, and to diversify and grow an evaluation consultancy; How to set rates and manage financial/legal aspects of your consultancy; How to write proposals for winning business; What are the project/team management tools, which make your practice more efficient?

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

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.

July

Conference

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

The date of the 2018 ANZEA conference has been announced. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

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.

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.”

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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.