Events

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We do not officially endorse these events unless they are noted as a BetterEvaluation event.

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.

June

Webinar

The "Context+Mechanism" Association: Mastering a Key Heuristic in Realist Evaluation for Innovating Complex Programmes and Policy
Online - 26th June 2017 - Free

This webinar is the second part of a series on Realist Methodology for the Centre for Evaluation of Complexity across the Nexus. Undertaking inquiry using the realist approach involves analyzing complexity in terms of context-mechanism-outcome configurations. Confusion often arises in determining what data should fit under 'context' or else 'mechanism' in the process of configuring. This webinar will provide working definitions for context, mechanism and outcome and will introduce of examples of data to be transformed into CMO configurations to exemplify how this can be done. The goal is to stimulate ideas around how to define concepts, theorize programmes and configure data in realist analysis, with the ultimate ambition of increasing capacity for using realist evaluation to assess and innovate programmes.    

July

Course

The Evaluators' Institute - July 2017 Program
United States - 10th July 2017 to 22nd July 2017 - Paid

The TEI programs offer a wide variety of courses suited to professionals whose skills range from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional. Courses last from one to five days, often spread across one- or two-week programs, so participants may tailor the length and depth of their training to suit their needs. Participation in TEI programs builds towards TEI's professional certificates in evaluation.

M & E, Data Management & Analysis in Food Security & Nutrition Programmes Course
Kenya - 24th July 2017 to 28th July 2017 - Paid

The demand for data on impact of policies, programmes and interventions on food and nutrition security is rapidly growing. Both governments and civil society have a need for information on food and nutrition conditions and trends and the impact of policies and interventions. Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment are undertaken by governments, NGOs, international agencies and donors. The course emphasizes the need for careful selection of indicators in designing information support systems at various administrative levels and the skills required for analysis and interpretation of data collected for policy making.

Webinar

Evaluating Performance in Disaster Management
Online - 19th July 2017 - Free

Measuring performance in disaster management can lead to the evaluation of several different programming aspects. This includes prevention, preparedness, deterrence, and response. In this webinar, Samantha C. Phillips, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Philadelphia, will use a case study of the 2015 Amtrak disaster to illustrate the metrics the city of Philadelphia used to measure its performance related to prevention, preparedness, deterrence, and response.

Workshop

Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation by Fiona Cram
New Zealand - 25th July 2017 - Paid

The workshop shares examples of collaborative models for working with Indigenous organizations and communities. Tools and strategies to support more effective and responsive Indigenous evaluation collaborations, consultations, relationship building, authentic engagement, and reciprocity opportunities for all stakeholders and participants to benefit from IE will be shared. Method choices will also be considered, including the use of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods evaluation designs.

August

Course

4th Annual CARES Summer School for Realist Methodology Training
United Kingdom - 14th August 2017 to 17th August 2017 - Paid

The annual CARES Summer School is a 4-day intensive for training in realist methodology (evaluation and synthesis). The programme is designed to assist participants advance their projects using the methodology and gain increased clarity in applying realist principles to complex areas of assessment. The application of realist methodology to research projects is a craft. For many of us, collective effort and co-learning is fundamental to developing an inspired capacity for undertaking this approach. 

Workshop

Advanced Program Logic
Australia - 16th August 2017 - Paid

ANZSOG Professor of Public Sector Evaluation, Patricia Rogers, has been using logic models for 30 years, and has applied program theory across projects, programs and policies in many different sectors in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. “A good program theory that shows the complication of interventions helps you develop better performance modelling, better synthesis of evidence, and better communication of the public value that projects and policies create,” Professor Rogers says.

September

Conference

International conference of Australasian Evaluation Society
Australia - 3rd September 2017 to 7th September 2017 - Paid

The theme of the conference is Evaluation Capital.  While hinting at the national capital location (Canberra), the conference theme highlights two important ideas: evaluation is a durable asset for sound governance; and  the inherently political nature of evaluation.     

Asian Evaluation Week 2017
China - 4th September 2017 to 8th September 2017 - Free

2017 Asian Evaluation Week (AEW), co-sponsored by the People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Finance Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Institute and ADB's Independent Evaluation Department, will be held from 4 to 8 September 2017 in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China. The AEW is the key knowledge sharing event on evaluation in Asia and started in 2016 in Xi’an, China. The inaugural AEW was attended by government officials, development partners, and evaluation experts from Asia and across the world and exchanged evaluation experiences on a wide range of topics, expressing buy-ins on AEW as a relevant forum in promoting partnerships and advancing the evaluation work in Asia.  

MERL Tech DC
United States - 7th September 2017 to 8th September 2017 - Paid

MERL Tech is a platform and space for discussion, learning and sharing experiences and challenges with the use of technologies for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) in the social impact and humanitarian and international development fields. Through MERL Tech, we aim to strengthen understanding of the value, impact and risks of digital technology in MERL and to support learning and discussion on new approaches and tools for MERL work.

6th Biennial International Conference of Sri Lanka Evaluation Association
Sri Lanka - 19th September 2017 to 22nd September 2017 - Paid

The Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA) is a voluntary civil society organisation established in 1999, by an interested group of professionals from the government, private sector and non-governmental organisations. One of the flagship events conducted by SLEvA is the Biennial International Conference in Sri Lanka which attracts both local and foreign presentations and participation. This year’s Conference theme is Actioning Evaluation - Key to Sustainable Development (SD).

Evidence Matters: Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Translating to Action and Impact in Challenging Times
United States - 27th September 2017 to 29th September 2017 - Paid

Heightened community unrest sparked by the death of unarmed citizens; disproportionate inequities in education, poverty, health care, and rates of incarceration; and an intensely divisive U.S. presidential election require even more vigilant attention from our global CREA community. It is critically important that we focus on the generation, analysis, and usage of substantive evidence “that matters” in the evaluations and assessments we undertake. To address the issues our communities face, we are compelled and responsible to raise questions about what is being done to correct inequities and aggressively translate this evidence into action that has meaningful impact on our collective future.

Course

7th Milan Summer School of Cost Benefit Analysis
Italy - 18th September 2017 to 23rd September 2017 - Paid

The 7th edition of the Milan Summer School on Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects will be held on September 18-23, 2017, offering an intensive learning experience focused on the ex-ante appraisal (Cost Benefit Analysis) of Major Projects asking for co-financing under the European Structural and Investment Funds in the programming period 2014-2020.

Webinar

Complexity Aware Monitoring
Online - 22nd September 2017 - Free

How an evaluation is designed depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the project itself. Using a Cynefin framework is one way to flesh out potential complexities and evaluation designs, towards developing an appropriate approach to evaluate a project. In this webinar, Kirsten Boarding Collins, founder and director of AdaptivePurpose, will illustrate how evaluators use Cynefin frameworks to understand the complexity of a project, thus highlighting an appropriate approach for evaluation.

October

Conference

2017 International Realist Conference
Australia - 24th October 2017 to 26th October 2017 - Paid

The 2017 Realist Conference invites realist researchers, evaluators, theorists and methodologists of all descriptions, along with those who are commissioning realist work and those who are using it to inform practice and policy together to answer: In what circumstances and for whom have realist methods been useful, in what respects, and why? In what contexts have they not proved useful, and why?  How do the specific methods we use in our research or evaluation contribute (or not) to their use? What new developments or methods would further support their use?  

November

Webinar

Evaluating Programs in Complex Environments: The Case of Afghanistan
Online - 2nd November 2017 - Free

Evaluating programs in complex environments presents a unique set of challenges, including those related to human resources, security, data, methodology, and reporting. In this webinar, Mitch Teberg, M&E Specialist, uses the case of Afghanistan to highlight these challenges and offer some solutions.