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Workshop

Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks
Australia - 13th November 2017 to 14th November 2017 - Paid

This workshop follows the structure of the text book ‘Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks’ authored by Anne Markiewicz and Ian Patrick (Sage 2016). It will present a clear and staged conceptual model for the systematic development of an M&E Framework. It will examine a range of steps and techniques involved in the design and implementation of the framework; explore potential design issues and implementation barriers; cover the development of Program Theory and Program Logic; the identification of key evaluation questions; the development of performance indicators; and the identification of processes for multi-method data collection, on-going analysis and reflection based on data generated. The facilitator will encourage interactive peer to peer dialogue to share experiences and learning, and also draw on case studies to encourage application of knowledge and skills to evaluation contexts.

Call for Innovators: Improving the Monitoring and Evaluation of GBV (Invited and Funded Workshop)
United Kingdom - 29th November 2016 to 30th November 2016 - Free

In 2015, the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) launched an initiative to investigate new approaches and efforts to address the significant challenges in gender-based violence (GBV) programming in emergencies. HIF will be inviting teams with promising and innovative ideas to a two-day workshop in London on 29-30 November 2016. Following the workshop, teams will be invited to apply for grant funding of up to £50,000 to further explore and/or prototype their ideas within one year.

Course

Contribution Tracing Masterclass 2017
United Kingdom - 6th November 2017 to 9th November 2017 - Paid

There is increasing demand from decision makers, funders and those commissioning evaluations to better understand the role their interventions may have played in bringing about change. Meanwhile, resources to undertake impact evaluations are often incredibly limited. Contribution Tracing offers an unparalleled level of rigour in establishing causal inference, determining if, and how, an intervention played a role in bringing about change. What’s more, resource-saving steps are hardwired into the approach, making the most of limited resources.

Monitoring and Evaluation of EU External Cooperation
Belgium - 21st November 2016 to 23rd November 2016 - Paid

The College of Europe Development Office is organizing a new Executive Education course on Monitoring and Evaluation of EU External Cooperation to allow its participants to learn about the principles and tools for effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

Oxford: Realist Reviews and Realist Evaluation
United Kingdom - 14th November 2016 to 18th November 2016 - Paid

This module will provide participants with an understanding of realist review (or synthesis) and realist evaluation. Participants should then be able to apply their new knowledge and skills to their own realist research project, regardless of which field of research they come from. In health care and many other fields of research, interventions are often described as being complex and have outcomes that are dependent on context. When these complex interventions fail to achieve their desired outcomes, the explanation frequently provided is because they are both complex and context dependent. Realist research approaches (realist evaluation or realist review) can help make sense of these types of interventions or programmes. The approaches are theory driven – developing structurally coherent explanations of interventions and test these against empirical data. In realist evaluation the researcher or evaluator’s task is to gather the data – i.e. it is a form of primary research. Whereas in realist review the primary data comes from documents (e.g. studies, policy documents and so on) and so it is a form of secondary research.

Evaluation for development programmes
United Kingdom - 9th November 2015 to 13th November 2015 - Paid

The purpose of this intensive short course is to provide participants with a comprehensive background in evaluation methods for development programmes. By the end of the course participants will understand fundamental concepts of evaluation studies for development. Participants will also develop their own evaluation protocol to apply their learning to a contemporary development problem.

Advocacy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
United Kingdom - 30th November 2014 to 2nd December 2014 - Paid

Building on INTRAC’s extensive experience in both monitoring and evaluating (M&E) and in advocacy, this course will support practitioners with how to ensure M&E is integrated into both planning advocacy initiatives and feeding into organisational learning and accountability. The course will focus on a variety of practical ways to meet the challenges of advocacy M&E. The course content draws on real-life case studies from our work in supporting organisations to develop advocacy strategies and from carrying out evaluations of advocacy initiatives. It deals with the challenge of how to assess contribution to change. Finally, it provides a series of practical tools which can help participants to develop and improve the advocacy M&E systems, in accordance with their organisation’s capacity and needs.

Evaluation Master Class Theme: Advances in MSC – evolution of a technique
Australia - 24th November 2014 - Paid

The Master Class is offered to experienced evaluators or those who wish to explore complex evaluation challenges and discuss contemporary evaluation theory.

Advocacy and Policy Influencing
United Kingdom - 23rd November 2014 to 27th November 2014 - Paid

This course gives participants a thorough understanding of how to influence the policy making process in their own context to achieve policy change. You will learn skills to help you plan and deliver effective advocacy strategies; enhance your ability to lobby decision makers; and gain confidence in the ways in which you relate to different audiences. You will also have a more thorough understanding of power dynamics in an advocacy context.

Theory of Change for Planning and Impact Assessment
United Kingdom - 16th November 2014 - Paid

Interest in developing and using Theories of Change both for planning and assessing impact has grown rapidly over the last few years. Theories of Change can be set at different levels and are being used in a number of ways. At one end of the scale, they are pulled together by one person to support a programme proposal or a specific donor demand. At the other end, they are facilitated over a period of several months and include wide consultation with staff, partners and beneficiaries, and are used to inform strategy at all levels. As Theories of Change focus specifically on sequences of change for different target groups, they provide a clear and robust framework for monitoring and assessing the impact of our development efforts.

Rigorous Qualitative Analysis
Indonesia - 18th November 2014 to 20th November 2014 - Paid

The fee-paying workshop will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia 19 - 21 November 2014. It will be conducted by ResultsinHealth, an international public health advisory agency, together with Fiona Kotvojs (an  experienced, Australia based evaluator).

VI Seminário da Rede Brasileira de Monitoramento e Avaliação (RBMA)
Brazil - 18th November 2014 to 20th November 2014 - Paid

De 19 a 21 de novembro, 2014. Localização: campus Central da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) em Porto Alegre - RS. Custo: de R$50 a R$180, dependendo do tipo de inscrição.

Theory of Change for Planning and Impact Assessment
United Kingdom - 16th November 2014 - Paid

Interest in developing and using Theories of Change both for planning and assessing impact has grown rapidly over the last few years. Theories of Change can be set at different levels and are being used in a number of ways. At one end of the scale, they are pulled together by one person to support a programme proposal or a specific donor demand. At the other end, they are facilitated over a period of several months and include wide consultation with staff, partners and beneficiaries, and are used to inform strategy at all levels. As Theories of Change focus specifically on sequences of change for different target groups, they provide a clear and robust framework for monitoring and assessing the impact of our development efforts.

Basic Training in the Most Significant Change (MSC) technique
Indonesia - 16th November 2014 to 17th November 2014 - Paid

The MSC technique is a qualitative and participatory form of M&E. It is based on the collection, systematic selection, and analysis of stories of significant changes attributed to an intervention. When: 17 and 18 November 2014 Where: Jakarta, Indonesia For more information: Visit www.resultsinhealth.org Download the leaflet Contact training@resultsinhealth.org

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.

Webinar: Key data: Longitudinal data
Online - 24th November 2016 - Free

This webinar is intended for anyone who wants to know more about the longitudinal datasets available from the UK Data Service. The UK Data Service provides access to a range of longitudinal data including the Birth Cohort Studies (e.g. the National Child Development Study 1958 and The Millennium Cohort Study), Understanding Society and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Most of these studies can be downloaded after a short registration. They can be used for research or for teaching. 

Webinar: Multi Dimensional Poverty Analysis on Gender and Evaluation
Online - 18th November 2014 - Free

The webinar will present the overall results and some highlights of related studies on the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The MPI has been computed for 33 new datasets in 2014 using the same methodology as previously, and is now available for 108 countries using data from 2002 to 2013, with 57 countries having data for 2009-2013.

E-learning

Theory of Change for Development
Online - 1st November 2017 - Free

Learn to use a Theory of Change approach to better understand your development program's impact and improve your results.

Seminar

Big Data and Society: Is It A Game Changer?
United Kingdom - 28th November 2016 - Free

The last talk in the University of Essex's Talk Big Data series, this seminar will ask whether Big Data is a game changer, and examine why is Big Data hailed as the answer to so many big questions.

Evidence-Based Medicine & Evidence-Based Policy: The world’s most perfectly developed method & the 79-pound weakling?
United Kingdom - 15th November 2016 - Free

Conventional narratives have honoured clinical (especially pharmaceutical) RCTs as the world’s most perfectly developed method. The quarrelsome, paradigm- heavy field of EBP is often dismissed as a seventy-nine pound weakling. This presentation seeks to tear up these storylines.

Enhancing the evaluability of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2): "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture"
Italy - 17th November 2015 to 18th November 2015 - Paid

Technical seminar jointly organized by the evaluation offices of FAO, IFAD, WFP and CGIAR In the context of the initiatives for the International Year of Evaluation, the evaluation offices of the Rome-based agencies, which include, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD),the World Food Programme (WFP) and the CGIAR (formerly known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) are jointly organizing a technical seminar entitled “Enhancing the evaluability of Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”, which will take place on 17-18 November 2015 at IFAD Headquarters, in Rome.

Conference

AfDB Development Evaluation Week Evaluation
Ivory Coast - 7th November 2016 to 11th November 2016 - Free

The AfDB Development Evaluation Week is an opportunity to learn more about implementing, monitoring and measuring the success of the “High 5’s”—which are to light up and power Africa; integrate Africa; feed Africa; industrialize Africa; and improve the quality of life of the people of Africa.

Global Evaluation Week
Nepal - 23rd November 2015 to 27th November 2015 - Paid

EvalPartners, the global movement to strengthen national evaluation capacities for equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluation systems, is planning to hold the Global Evaluation Week to commemorate the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) and launch the 2016-2020 evaluation agenda. The main EvalYear ceremony will be held in the Parliament of Nepal to strengthen an enabling environment for evaluation, including by promoting engagement of policy makers in evaluation and use of evidence from evaluation in policy-making. 

Community of Evaluators South Asia (CoE-SA) Evaluation Conclave
Nepal - 23rd November 2015 to 27th November 2015 - Paid

The joint event will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 23‐27 November, 2015 as follows:   Two days for pre‐conclave workshops (on 23‐24 November at the Yak and Yeti Hotel): These professional workshops will focus on building skills on evaluation methodologies;   Half‐day celebration organized by EvalPartners, CoE‐SA, CoE‐Nepal and Parliamentarians’ Forum in the Parliament

American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference
United States - 9th November 2015 to 14th November 2015 - Paid

We wholeheartedly invite evaluators, evaluation scholars, students, evaluation sponsors, and evaluation users from all around the world to assemble November 9-14, 2015 in Chicago at the annual AEA conference to share and learn from successes of the international discipline and practice of evaluation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about exemplary evaluations, enabling evaluation environments, evaluation policies, evaluation theories and methods, and research on evaluation from a range of cultures and regions throughout the world. In 2015, we encourage participants to reflect on our practice, and to present examples of success and challenges to contribute to the goal of highlighting exemplary evaluations conducted in countries at all points along the development continuum. And, we look to explore what facilitates exemplary evaluations—what are the enabling factors, actions, and drivers of success?

International conference on Education Evaluation: to ensure quality and development
Saudi Arabia - 3rd November 2015 to 4th November 2015 - Paid

Contact person Dr. May Alobaidy mobaidy@peec.gov.sa

10th Evaluation Conference in Warsaw (Poland)
Poland - 19th November 2014 to 20th November 2014 - Paid

Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Development and Polish Agency for Enterprise Development cordially invite you to participate in 10th International Evaluation Conference Utilization of Evaluation Results

Other

Program Logic / Theory of Change Training - November 6th – 7th 2014
Australia - 6th November 2014 to 7th November 2014

This workshop introduces the program logic concept and lays out a step by step process for creating a logic model. Program logic models illustrate the expected cause-and-effect relationships between activities, immediate changes, intermediate outcomes and final outcomes for a given program.

Impact Assessment
United Kingdom - 17th November 2013 to 19th November 2013

NGOs and CSOs are under growing pressure to assess the impact of their development efforts. They need to be able to justify their spending, learn to become more effective and, not least, to be accountable to their stakeholders.

Conducting research with children and young people
United Kingdom - 22nd November 2011

The perspectives of children and young people have been of keen interest to social researchers for some years, and more recently there has been an increasing commitment by local and central government to consult children and young people about the policies that affect their lives.

Depth Interviewing Skills
United Kingdom - 9th November 2011

This two-day course gives participants an understanding of, and experience in using, the skills and techniques involved in conducting qualitative interviews to a high standard. It will be delivered via a combination of taught and practical sessions. The trainers all have extensive experience of conducting in-depth interviews for qualitative studies.

Applications of Multiple Regression for Evaluators: Mediation, Moderation, and More
United States - 2nd November 2011

Summary:   Multiple regression is a powerful and flexible tool that has wide applications in evaluation and applied research. Regression analyses are used to describe relationships, test theories, make predictions with data from experimental or observational studies, and model linear or nonlinear relationships.

Survey Design
United States - 2nd November 2011

Building on proven strategies that work in real-world contexts, this workshop will help you plan and execute all aspects of the survey design process. Designed for true beginners with little or no background in survey development, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of survey design and administration, and leave with tools needed to develop and improve your own surveys.

Propensity Score Matching: Theories and Applications
United States - 1st November 2011

Summary:   When experimental designs are infeasible, evaluation researchers often use observational data to estimate treatment effects. Propensity score matching, used to improve covariate balance, has been gaining popularity. This workshop will introduce you to basic theories and principles, demonstrate the process, and provide the tools necessary to perform the work.

The Analysis of Qualitative Data
United Kingdom - 1st November 2011 to 2nd November 2011

This two day course is designed to equip participants with a clear understanding of the principles and practice of high-quality, rigorous qualitative data analysis. Participants will also be introduced to 'Framework', an approach to qualitative data management which has been developed at NatCen.

October

Course

Participatory Video and Most Significant Change Course
United Kingdom - 25th October 2017 to 27th October 2017 - Paid

A rigorous short course for anyone interested in using Participatory Video and Most Significant Change (PV MSC) as a powerful and innovative approach to qualitative monitoring and evaluation. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary, to design and facilitate PV MSC processes, and the underlying principles for use in various contexts. 

Advanced Search Strategy Design for Complex Topics
United Kingdom - 21st October 2015 - Paid

This is a re-designed advanced course on search strategy design for complex topics and complements our course on advanced search techniques. As the volume of published research grows it is becoming more challenging to identify efficiently studies performed according to specific methods or relating to broad topics. As well as increasing volumes of research, many research topics are complex to capture in search strategies. Examples of complex topics may include, but are not limited to, reviews of complex interventions, reviews requiring the identification of study designs other than RCTs, public health and social care topics, veterinary literature, food and feed safety research.

Advanced Search Techniques for Systematic Reviews, HTA and Guidelines
United Kingdom - 20th October 2015 - Paid

This advanced course on search techniques complements our advanced course on search strategy design. Extensive literature searches are the foundation of high quality systematic reviews, health technology assessment (HTA), guideline development and other major projects. Conducting searches to retrieve research evidence from databases and other resources requires a range of knowledge and skills. There are constant challenges to keeping up-to-date with new database features and approaches to achieving efficient searches. Search approaches may need to be adapted depending on the end-product which the search is informing and the resources available. Search approaches increasingly need to be explained to sponsors and other end-users in terms of the extent to which they are fit-for-purpose.

Program Logic / Theory of Change
Australia - 14th October 2015 to 15th October 2015 - Paid

This workshop style training course introduces the program logic / theory of change concept and lays out a step by step process for creating a logic model for complex, multi-stakeholder programs. A program logic/ theory of change focuses not just on what, and how a project is trying to achieve change but also on the who will be changing. The course includes discussion of how program logic / theory of change can be used for program design and how it can be used to provide the structure for monitoring and evaluation plans.

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?  

AEA Conference 2016: Evaluation + Design
United States - 24th October 2016 to 29th October 2016 - Paid

The American Evaluation Association (AEA)'s annual conference theme is "Evaluation + Design". The AEA will bring together professionals from around the world who conduct, use, support, and study evaluation. Through this global community, the conference will explore how design and evaluation can be integrated to strengthen programs, benefit the environment, and improve the lives of people.

First Western Balkan Evaluators Conference
Bosnia and Herzegovina - 28th October 2015 to 29th October 2015 - Paid

Public sector and Impact Evaluation in Western Balkan Call for papers We invite the submission for the conference. Topics can extend from: State of the art in evaluation in the Region and perspectives; Presentation of accomplished evaluation studies; Methodological challenges in evaluation, evaluation standards and evaluation ethics; Evaluation system and broader challenges of evaluation in EU context, and in donors' context. Operation of evaluation communities in the region – challenges, exchange of experiences. Cooperation of evaluators in the region – Experiences after 2 years of operation. Authors may submit their contribution as: Classical paper (abstract, or full) Poster (3-5 pages of presentation, graphically or textually) Discussion (1-2 pages of discussion – for the round table) Contributions need to be sent by 19. June 2015 to info@sdeval.si.

Critical Mass, London, 19 - 20 October
United Kingdom - 19th October 2015 to 20th October 2015 - Paid

Public, private and civil society sectors are poised for a major breakthrough in recognising ways we can achieve greater social value. We could be at a major tipping point. But some crucial sparks of energy and innovation, and a critical mass of people and organisations are needed to catalyse sustained – and sustainable – progress.

2º Congresso Brasileiro de Avaliação de Impacto
Brazil - 12th October 2014 to 16th October 2014 - Paid

Os Novos Rumos da Avaliação de Impacto Ambiental. De 13 a 17 de outubro de 2014, em Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brasil. O objetivo principal do congresso é promover uma discussão sobre as tendências do sistema brasileiro de avaliação de impacto e licenciamento ambiental. http://www.avaliacaodeimpacto.org.br/evento/index.html

Workshop

Using Program Theory & Program Logic for Improved Evaluation Practice
Australia - 23rd October 2017 - Paid

The workshop will provide participants with insight into theory based approaches to evaluation, and specifically into the role of Program Theory and Program Logic to provide a clear understanding, focus and direction to the practice of evaluation. The use of Program Theory and Program Logic will be clearly detailed within a staged conceptual model, with guidance provided on how they can be applied within the planning and implementation of an evaluation.

International Workshop on Qualitative Methods in Evaluation of Public Health Programs
Ghana - 22nd October 2017 to 28th October 2017 - Paid

Taught in English, the course is designed for mid-level health professionals, administrators, program managers, and other professionals involved in the implementation and evaluation of public health programs. The course provides intensive, hands-on training in qualitative research methods in evaluation with an emphasis on moving beyond basic concepts to explore important considerations of qualitative methods in the context of rigorous evaluation. This is an intermediate level course.

Most Significant Change (MSC) Workshop, Amsterdam 1-2 October 2015
Netherlands - 1st October 2015 to 2nd October 2015 - Paid

The training is a combination of theory and practice. It will focus on helping participants to understand what MSC is, how to implement the technique, how to analyse the stories of change and ways to integrate MSC in an existing M&E system 

Seminar

Better evidence for better health care
United Kingdom - 10th October 2016 - Free

Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, will be talking about the urgent need to improve the quality of current research evidence. He will discuss the shortcomings in current research: why we need better evidence, more affordable treatments and improvements in how patients are informed if we are to realise effective evidence-based medicine.

Webinar

Shared Measurement: Getting your feedback loops going
Online - 21st October 2015 - Paid

This session will focus on how data collection, measurement and reporting processes can be developed and used effectively as an action learning and feedback tool to support the evolution of collective impact initiatives over time. It will look at: the types of approaches that can be used to set up rolling data collection measurement and reporting systems how those systems can be used to support reflection and inform activity and decision making

Systems in Evaluation Unconference
Online - 13th October 2015 to 15th October 2015 - Free

The Systems in Evaluation TIG Leadership Team is pleased to announce the first Systems in Evaluation Unconference. An unconference is a loosely structured conference that emphasizes the informal, emergent exchange of ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of speakers and presenters.  Join us online daily on October 13, 14, and 15 from 3 – 4:30 pm Eastern Time to learn and share with your colleagues in an informal virtual environment. Build your knowledge and skills in systems evaluation without ever leaving the office!

Other

Influencing and Supporting Change in Complex Contexts
United Kingdom - 13th October 2014 to 14th October 2014

Building on INTRAC’s extensive experience of strengthening advocacy capacity and civil society voice at the national level, this course provides an opportunity for participants to build their knowledge and skills and reflect on the specific challenges of these approaches in complex political contexts, situations and environments.

Advanced Monitoring and Evaluation - October 2013
United Kingdom - 20th October 2013 to 24th October 2013

This course builds on participants’ understanding and skills of how to develop sustainable and cost effective monitoring and evaluation processes and practices within their own projects and organisations. It is also relevant for those trying to improve and enhance current M&E processes, or supporting partners to develop and implement effective M&E.

Theory of Change Approaches to Planning and Impact Assessment - October 2013
United Kingdom - 13th October 2013 to 15th October 2013

There has been an increased interest in Theories of Change (ToCs) in the development sector. Some donors now require organisations to provide ToCs to accompany their proposals.

The Dhaka Colloquium on Systematic Reviews in International Development, 10-14 December 2012
Bangladesh - 12th October 2012 to 14th December 2012

With the significance of evidence-based development becoming increasingly recognised, the important role of systematic reviews has come into sharp focus. Systematic reviews can offer valuable lessons for policymakers and programme managers by drawing on all existing evidence on a particular intervention or programme.

Quantitative Methods for Evaluators
United States - 31st October 2011 to 1st November 2011

Quantitative data offers opportunities for numerical descriptions of populations and samples. The challenge is in knowing which analyses are best for a given situation.

Logic Models for Program Evaluation and Planning
United States - 31st October 2011 to 1st November 2011

Many programs fail to start with a clear description of the program and its intended outcomes, undermining both program planning and evaluation efforts.

Qualitative Methods In Evaluation
United States - 31st October 2011 to 1st November 2011

New and experienced qualitative researchers alike often ask: "Is my approach to qualitative research consistent with core principles of the option?" Evaluators who integrate qualitative options into their work are responsible to ensure this alignment. This session aims to help you become a strong decision maker through the life of a qualitative research project.

Qualitative Research Design
United Kingdom - 26th October 2011 to 27th October 2011

This two day intermediate level course is designed to equip participants with a clear understanding of the principles and practice of high quality, rigorous research design for qualitative studies.

Moderating Focus Groups
United Kingdom - 19th October 2011 to 20th October 2011

This two day course gives participants an overview of the role and function of using focus groups as an option of data collection in qualitative research. It aims to equip them with additional skills and techniques necessary for facilitating focus groups to a high standard in applied research settings.

Coffee Break Webinars, American Evaluation Association
United States - 13th October 2011

Facilitators:  James Griffith & Elise Laorenza The Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation TIG is sponsoring a webinar series. Once per month, it will offer a webinar reviewing the most current topics around evaluation and multiethnic issues. The first webinar will describe Culturally Responsive Evaluation and discuss its practical applications.

Communicating Research to Policy and Practice
United Kingdom - 13th October 2011

This one-day course gives researchers the knowledge and tools to communicate their research to policy and practice audiences. Researchers will learn how to relate to practitioner audiences, exploit the strengths of different media, and create persuasive messages for them.

Formulating Policy Recommendations
United Kingdom - 12th October 2011

This one day course will enable participants to acquire the tools and techniques for drawing policy recommendations from their research findings and conclusions. The topics to be covered include: Understanding the policy context; How research can help policy makers; Designing and managing policy research; and Drafting policy recommendations.

Basic Statistic Analysis for Social Research
United Kingdom - 11th October 2011 to 12th October 2011

This two day course aims to familiarise participants with how to use basic statistics and understand the principles underlying statistical thinking and practice.

Questionnaire Design
United Kingdom - 4th October 2011 to 5th October 2011

This two day course is aimed at giving participants a thorough grounding in questionnaire design. This course will be highly participatory, with sessions aimed at providing hands-on experience of designing questionnaires and survey questions, for quantitative social research.

September

Conference

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.

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).

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.

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.  

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.     

12th EES Biennial Conference
Netherlands - 26th September 2016 to 30th September 2016 - Paid

The 12th European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference (EES 2016) will be held in Maastricht, the Netherlands from 26-30th of September. The overarching conference theme is: “Evaluation Futures in Europe and beyond: Connectivity, Innovation and Use”

Evidence2016 - Africa Evidence Network Conference
South Africa - 20th September 2016 to 22nd September 2016 - Paid

Evidence 2016 is a Regional Conference organised by the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) that aims to encourage and promote evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa, thereby contributing to the development of effective public policies, efficient implementation of services, as well as joint learning on interventions that tackle poverty and inequality in African countries.

Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) Conference 2016
Australia - 17th September 2016 to 21st September 2016 - Paid

The theme of the 2016 Australasian Evaluation Society Conference is Landscapes. The 2016 Australasian Evaluation Society Conference will invite delegates to reflect on what diversity and change in social, cultural, organisational, environmental, political and economic landscapes means for evaluation and evaluators. It will consider how we work within and between those landscapes, what impact our work has on them (both positive and negative), and how we respond to changes in their terrain (particularly those changes that we create). It will also consider how the diversity of the landscapes we work in and their changing features has shaped our past evaluation practices, contributed to the practices we currently use, and how it could influence evaluation practices of the future. This discussion will include consideration of changing technological landscapes.

Asian Evaluation Week
China - 5th September 2016 to 9th September 2016 - Free

  The Asia Evaluation Week is the first annual event to be led by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and ADB for evaluation knowledge sharing within Asia and between Asia and other regions, such as Africa and Latin America. 

National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) conference
Thailand - 30th September 2015 - Paid

UNDP in partnership with UNEG and EvalPartners

IDEAS Global Assembly
Thailand - 30th September 2015 - Paid

Contact person: Rob D. Van Den Berg ideaspresident@gmail.com

Making effective use of evaluations in an increasingly complex world - Joint UNESCO – French Evaluation Society and European Evaluation Society Conference
France - 30th September 2015 - Free

The purpose of the event is to bring together decision makers and evaluators, the demand and the supply sides of evaluation, to discuss the use and impact of evaluation itself and how this could be improved. What is the potential for evaluation as a mechanism for providing a stream of evidence to inform strategic decision-making, for example on major shifts in policy and significant resource reallocations? What are the building blocks of successful evaluation systems in which evaluative outputs are credible and user-ready so as to effectively inform decision-making and organisational learning, and how can evaluations be better used in this context? Decision makers and evaluators may have divergent views on these questions, yet they fundamentally share the same mission, to develop and implement better policies and programmes to the benefit of their constituents and target populations.

Pour une meilleure utilisation des évaluations dans un monde de plus en plus complexe – Organisateurs : UNESCO - OCDE – Société française d’évaluation – Société européenne d’évaluation
France - 30th September 2015 - Free

Cette conférence a pour objectif de réunir des décideurs et des évaluateurs, qui représentent l’offre et la demande de l’évaluation, afin d’engager une discussion sur l’utilisation et l’impact de l’évaluation elle-même et sur les moyens possibles d’amélioration. Quel est le potentiel de l’évaluation en tant que mécanisme qui met à disposition un ensemble de preuves permettant de nourrir la prise de décision stratégique, notamment sur les grands enjeux de réorientation des politiques publiques et de réallocation des ressources? Quels sont les piliers d’un système d’évaluation efficace au sein duquel les résultats de l’évaluation seraient robustes et prêts à l’emploi pour nourrir de façon efficace la prise de décision et l’apprentissage organisationnel? Enfin, comment les évaluations peuvent-elles être mieux utilisées dans ce contexte? Les responsables de l’élaboration des politiques et les évaluateurs ont potentiellement des avis divergents sur ces questions, néanmoins ils partagent fondamentalement la même mission qui consiste à développer et à mettre en œuvre de meilleures politiques et programmes publics pour leurs citoyens et les populations cibles.

The 11th Evaluation Conference 'Evaluation of Cohesion Policy' Results, challenges, solutions (Cracow, Poland)
Poland - 28th September 2015 to 29th September 2015 - Paid

International Evaluation Conference is an initiative devoted to building evaluation capacity in Poland. It has been organised yearly since 2005 and all the time it constantly attracts a large group of recognised experts in the field of evaluation and related disciplines.

XI Konferencja Ewaluacyjna 'Ewaluacja polityki spójności 'rezultaty, wyzwania. rozwiązania (Kraków, Polska)
Poland - 28th September 2015 to 29th September 2015 - Paid

Międzynarodowa Konferencja Ewaluacyjna to inicjatywa poświęcona budowie potencjału ewaluacyjnego w Polsce. Organizowana cyklicznie od 2005 r. niezmiennie przyciąga liczne grono uznanych ekspertów w dziedzinie ewaluacji oraz dyscyplin pokrewnych.

SLEvA International Conference 2015
Sri Lanka - 15th September 2015 to 18th September 2015 - Paid

Contact person: K. Romeshun romeshun@gmail.com www.sleva.lk

ADB learning event entitled "Think Sustainable, Act Responsible”.
Philippines - 14th September 2015 to 15th September 2015 - Paid

Contact person: Vinod Thomas vthomas@adb.org

Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) conference
Australia - 5th September 2015 to 9th September 2015 - Paid

The UN’s designation of 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation advocates and promotes evaluation and evidence-based policy making at international, regional, national and local levels. The AES Conference 2015 provides a platform to engage with that global dialogue. Together we will use evaluation to bring together our values, hopes, thinking, skills, and experiences in pursuit of a better tomorrow.

SEVAL Annual Conference 2015 and Pre-Conference for the International Year of Evaluation 2015
Switzerland - 3rd September 2015 to 4th September 2015 - Paid

The Conference, we will examine the independence of evaluation in practice. Moreover, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Parliamentary Control of the Administration – the evaluation service of the Swiss Parliament – we will address the question of the institutional independence of evaluation services. We will also look at the bigger picture, examining the status of the independence of evaluation in Switzerland in an international perspective. 

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.

Effective Reporting for Public Health Evaluation
Online - 22nd September 2015 to 24th September 2015 - Paid

Traditional public health evaluation reports often end up on the shelves of many decision-makers collecting dust. Whether you're an evaluator, communicator, or epidemiologist, effective reporting is a critical skill for all who work in public health and who care about seeing evaluation results and recommendations actually implemented. In this webinar learn how to turn your findings into something more useful and meaningful that calls people to action.

Lessons Learned in using Process Tracing and Contribution Analysis
Online - 3rd September 2015 - Free

Bernardo Monzani will share his experience using an approach that combined Process Tracing and Contribution Analysis, to assess the impact of an International Alert advocacy initiative. He will go over some lessons learned from using the combined methodologies and give useful tips for practitioners interested in using them.

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.

Long Course on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Think Tanks
Online - 26th September 2016 to 11th November 2016 - Paid

This course is intended for professionals in the field of policy research and who wish to assess and enhance their MEL capacities related to policy influence.  This course on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning has been developed by Politics & Ideas with the collaboration of Southern Hemisphere. It is now being offered through the On Think Tanks School as an opportunity for all those interested in learning how to effectively assess policy influence.

Knowledge Management Course - Brighton: 13-16 Sept; Bangkok: 18-21 Oct
United Kingdom - 13th September 2016 to 21st October 2016 - Paid

This course is designed for development professionals who have an interest in information and knowledge management and knowledge sharing approaches.

Milan Summer School in Cost Benefit Analysis
Italy - 5th September 2016 to 9th September 2016 - Paid

This School offers 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. 

Summer School Programme: Result-based M&E and Outcome and Impact Evaluation
Italy - 7th September 2015 to 18th September 2015 - Paid

As part of the 10th Annual Edition of the joint Bologna Centre for International Development / Department of Economics Summer School Programme on Monitoring and Evaluation, the programme's focus for the September 2015 modules is on Result-based Monitoring and Evaluation (first module) and Outcome and Impact Evaluation (second module). 

Seminar

How sustainable is social change without communication? - Communicating social change and the Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and opportunities
Australia - 22nd September 2016 - Free

This public lecture with Professor Jan Servaes, UNESCO Chair in Communication for Sustainable Social Change, will briefly summarise the past of Communication for Development and Social Change; identify the roadmap for the future of Communication for Sustainable Social Change; and assess communication and culture within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

From Paper to Public - CASR Occasional Seminar Series
Australia - 11th September 2015 - Free

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.

Other

Use of Evidence Blended Learning

This programme is delivered remotely via webinar and Skype and has three parts: 9 and 10 September 2014 (part one); week of 22 September 2014 (part two); 2 October 2014 (part three) Do you lack confidence using evidence in your work? Do you face external or internal pressure to justify the evidence that you produce?

Advanced Monitoring and Evaluation
United Kingdom - 1st September 2014

This course builds on participants’ understanding and skills of how to develop sustainable and cost effective monitoring and evaluation processes and practices within their own projects and organisations. It is also relevant for those trying to improve and enhance current M&E processes, or supporting partners to develop and implement effective M&E.

Data Management for Clinical Research

Learn critical concepts and practical methods to support research data planning, collection, storage and dissemination. Workload 2-4 hours/week Taught in English Subtitles English Sessions 16th September, 2013 (5 weeks long) About the Course This course is designed to teach important concepts related to research data planning, collection, storage and dissemination.

Monitoring and Evaluation (Foundation) - September 2013
United Kingdom - 15th September 2013 to 19th September 2013

M&E is an essential component of international NGOs, NGOs and civil society organisations striving to continually improve their work and have greater accountability. Given the high demand in the sector, this foundation course is designed to develop individuals’ understanding of what M&E entails, why it is so vital, and how to do it well and in a participatory way.

Logic Model Webinar

Do you need to prepare a logic model for your program but don't know where to start?  In this webinar, learn why a logic model is a critical tool for program planning and evaluation and how to develop one that is both simple, flexible, and useful. Dates 9th and 13th September, 2013, 10:00 - 11:30 AM (PST) Cost $80 incl.

What is Program/Organization Sustainability and How Can You Achieve It?

We've all heard the story: an innovative program was successful but had to stop because major or seed funding was discontinued.  However, research in the area of program sustainability has shown that there are concrete steps you can take to increase the longevity of your programs.

Making Your Case: Needs Assessments That Get Results

Are you applying for funding for a new program?  Make your proposal more compelling by including a comprehensive needs assessment.  Learn how to conduct a needs assessment that covers all the bases, provides a strong argument for support, and yield the best program design possible. Dates 11th September, 2013, 10:00 - 11:30 AM (PST) Cost $60 incl.

What is Program/Organization Sustainability and How Can You Achieve It?

We've all heard the story: an innovative program was successful but had to stop because major or seed funding was discontinued.  However, research in the area of program sustainability has shown that there are concrete steps you can take to increase the longevity of your programs.

Logic Model Webinar

Do you need to prepare a logic model for your program but don't know where to start?  In this webinar, learn why a logic model is a critical tool for program planning and evaluation and how to develop one that is both simple, flexible, and useful. Dates 9th and 13th September, 2013, 10:00 - 11:30 AM (PST) Cost $80 incl.

Sampling for Survey
United Kingdom - 27th September 2011

This one day course is designed to give participants a practical understanding of the principles of sampling. Participants will learn about the key features of random probability sampling, and the factors that need to be considered to obtain efficient, unbiased samples.

BetterEvaluation in Rome
Italy - 19th September 2011

The Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative of the CGIAR is organizing a workshop on evaluation options, in partnership with WFP, FAO and IFAD, to be held in FAO on 19 September 2011 (Monday).

European Program for Development Evaluation Training
Czech Republic - 19th September 2011 to 25th September 2011

This week long training course covers a wide range of topics related to evaluation. Starting with an introduction to development evaluation and the challenges it is faced in the region, the course would cover major steps involved in conducting an evaluation.

Introduction to Qualitative Research
United Kingdom - 13th September 2011

This is a one day course designed to equip participants with a clear understanding of what qualitative research is and will enable them to make informed decisions about which types of research questions are best answered using qualitative approaches In addition, the participants will be able to contrast qualitative and quantitative approaches and understand when these are best used singly or in c

August

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.

Claremont Evaluation Center's Professional Development Workshop Series in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods
Online - 18th August 2016 to 23rd August 2016 - Paid

The Claremont Evaluation Center brings you this longstanding series which provides practical and theoretical training in evaluation and applied research through one-day workshops, taught by academics and practitioners from across the globe.

Quasi-experimental design and analysis
United States - 3rd August 2015 to 14th August 2015 - Free

The workshop’s aim is to prepare attendees to design the best current quasi-experiments for educational research and help them analyze the data that these better designs produce. The course sessions will provide intensive training on the theory and practice of quasi-experimental design, via lectures and via hands-on experience. 

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. 

Monitoring and Evaluation in a dynamic health environment
Netherlands - 26th August 2016 - Paid

This advanced practitioners course equips participants with up-to-date knowledge and state-of-the-art monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools enabling them to answer such questions as: What models, frameworks and tools are suitable for a specific evaluation? How to balance the perspectives of different stakeholders? 

How to Manage, Design, and Conduct Impact Evaluations - CLEAR-SHIPDET Center
China - 1st August 2016 to 12th August 2016 - Paid

This technical course introduces impact evaluation as a key instrument for determining project/program effectiveness, informing policy development and improving program designs. 

Most Significant Change
Australia - 20th August 2015 - Paid

The Most Significant Change technique (MSC) is one of Clear Horizon’s flagship techniques. MSC was developed by Dr Rick Davies and has been implemented in hundreds of organisations across the world. Rick Davies and Jess Dart wrote the MSC User Guide together in 2005 and were jointly awarded the 2006 Australasian Evaluation Society Award for this technique.

Comprehensive Learning Based Monitoring and Evaluation
Australia - 10th August 2015 to 14th August 2015 - Paid

This popular training program is Clear Horizon’s blue ribbon offering. It is our most extensive and comprehensive training. It is facilitated by our Managing Director, Dr Jess Dart along with guest presentations from other specialists. The material is updated annually with new trends and fresh learnings from the literature and our practice. It is without doubt an intense (but practical) course that takes you through all the twists and turns of doing M&E today.

Webinar

The Monitoring & Evaluation of Participatory Theater for Change
Online - 18th August 2016 - Free

Discussing a recent module on the topic, created by UNICEF & Search for Common Ground, Rebecca Herrington will outline specific considerations for utilizing relevant aspects of design and incorporating M&E from the beginning of the Participatory Theater for Change process. This module offers practical guidance and tool suggestions for implementing monitoring and evaluation in Participatory Theater for Change programs, or programs that involve Participatory Theater for Change as one activity. 

M&E Thursday Talk: Reciprocity in Research: Integrating Evaluation & Human Rights Methods to Balance Evaluator & Community Needs
Online - 4th August 2016 - Free

Working with vulnerable populations raises questions of reciprocity: we acquire information, but what are we giving back? The communities, activists and organizations we work with often use tactics that can easily incorporate evaluation, but we often separate the two. Join DME for Peace and Giovanni Dazzo of US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor for the M&E Thursday Talk Series on Reciprocity in Research: Integrating Evaluation & Human Rights Methods to Balance Evaluator & Community Needs. 

7 ways to make your advocacy, lobbying and policy-influencing work more visible using monitoring and evaluation
Online - 26th August 2015 - Free

Gavin Stedman-Bryce is a leading evaluation practitioner with a special interest in evaluating advocacy, lobbying and policy-influencing work. In this FREE 30 minute coffee-break webinar, he will share with you 7 ways in which you can use monitoring and evaluation to make your influencing work more visible.

Other

Using best available evidence in evaluation
Australia - 13th August 2014

Date and time: 14 and 15 August 2014, 9am to 4pm (registration from 8.30am) Venue: University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton, ACT, Free Parking is available for course participants. Presenter: Rob Richards, Director of Evidentiary Pty Ltd Fees: Members $770, Non-members $935, Student member $385, Student non-member $550 (GST inclusive)

Using best available evidence in evaluation
Australia - 13th August 2014

Date and time: 14 and 15 August 2014, 9am to 4pm (registration from 8.30am) Venue: University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton, ACT, Free Parking is available for course participants. Presenter: Rob Richards, Director of Evidentiary Pty Ltd Fees: Members $770, Non-members $935, Student member $385, Student non-member $550 (GST inclusive)

Participatory, Monitoring & Evaluation - Advanced Course
Mozambique - 11th August 2013 to 15th August 2013

Development organizations need information on the effectiveness of their efforts. But who should make these judgments, and on what basis? It is the norm that external experts take charge of this process.

AES Conference 2012
Australia - 28th August 2012

Australasian Evaluation Society 2012 Conference

Advancing Evaluation thorough Enhancing Viable, Effectual, and Transferable Validity: The Theory-Driven Evaluation Perspective (Summer 2011 Professional Development Workshops Series of Claremont Graduate University)
United States - 22nd August 2011

Facilitators:  Huey-Tsyh Chen To satisfy the Stakeholders’ concern with internal and external validity (viable, effectual, and transferable validity) Chen discusses an integrated evaluation approach developed from the theory-driven evaluation perspective.

Cleaning Up Your Act for Showtime!  How to Prepare Data for Analysis and Display (Summer 2011 Professional Development Workshops Series of Claremont Graduate University)
United States - 22nd August 2011

Facilitators:  Dale Berger? Statistical results based on problematic data can be a costly error and an embarrassment. To avoid errors in statistical results, it is important to deal with problematic data before starting analysis.

Evaluation in Developing Countries: (Summer 2011 Professional Development Workshops Series of Claremont Graduate University)
United States - 22nd August 2011

Facilitators:  Zenda Ofir?? Evaluators working in developing countries carries a major responsibility to ensure that they not only ‘do no harm’, but that their evaluation practice supports ‘real’ development on a micro, meso and/or macro scale.

Psychology of Evaluation (Summer 2011 Professional Development Workshops Series of Claremont Graduate University)
United States - 22nd August 2011

Facilitators:  Michael Scriven and Stewart I. Donaldson Some evaluation ‘models’ already embody (claimed or real) psychological insights—empowerment and appreciative inquiry come to mind—but others might benefit from incorporating them.

Developmental Evaluation: Applying Systems Thinking and Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use (Summer 2011 Professional Development Workshops Series of Claremont Graduate University)
United States - 21st August 2011

Facilitator:  Michael Quinn Patton This Workshop aims to provide an introduction to the unique niche and purpose of developmental evaluation. Developmental evaluation supports innovation by providing real time feedback about the emergent and dynamic realities resulting from the intervention.

Integrated Data Analysis in Mixed Methods Inquiry (Summer 2011 Professional Development Workshops Series of Claremont Graduate University)
United States - 21st August 2011

Facilitator:  Jennifer Greene This one-day workshop aims to introduce the participants to the mixed options evaluation. The central challenge for mixed options evaluation, i.e. integration and connection of one data set to another, is the focus of this workshop.

Practical Meta-Analysis: (Summer 2011 Professional Development Workshops Series of Claremont Graduate University)
United States - 21st August 2011

Facilitator:  Becky Reichard Evidence-based practice requires the most up-to-date and accurate understanding of existing research. ‘Meta-analysis’, is a tool for synthesizing and understanding existing empirical research. Meta-analysis enables the researchers to estimate the effect size of the phenomena through a series of statistical adjustments and corrections etc.

Workshop on Evaluation and Applied Research Methods (Professional Development Workshop Series, Stauffer Symposium, and Celebration of Professor Michael Scriven's Career)
United States - 19th August 2011 to 22nd August 2011

This longstanding series provides practical and theoretical training in evaluation and applied research through one-day workshops, taught by academics and practitioners from across the globe.

Quasi-Experimental Methods (Summer 2011 Professional Development Workshops Series of Claremont Graduate University)
United States - 19th August 2011

Facilitator:  William D. Crano Complicated situation in social science and evaluation means randomized experiments may not be the most feasible option. In these situations, quasi experiments may be more relevant.

Basics of Evaluation & Applied Research Methods (Summer 2011 Professional Development Workshops Series of Claremont Graduate University)
United States - 19th August 2011

Facilitators:  Stewart I. Donaldson & Christina A. Christie This workshop aims to prepare participants for intermediate and advance level workshops of the series by providing an overview on the latest developments in evaluation and applied research.

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (Summer 2011 Professional Development Workshops Series of Claremont Graduate University)
United States - 19th August 2011

Facilitator:  Maritza Salazar This workshop aims to provide the participants basic skills needed to choose appropriate qualitative data collection options according to their need.

Evaluation Theories: Introduction and Application (Summer 2011 Professional Development Workshops Series of Claremont Graduate University)
United States - 19th August 2011

Facilitator:  Melvin Mark? This session intends to provide an overview of a range of evaluation theories or models/approaches and their application.

Management Information Systems for M&E
United Kingdom - 15th August 2011 to 26th August 2011

This short course intends to provide all those engaged in Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) with the opportunity to develop a Management Information System (MIS) in plan and in prototype over a two week. The underlying structure for each participant's MIS is designed in the first week.

33rd Conference of the International Association for Time Use Research
United Kingdom - 1st August 2011 to 3rd August 2011

Time use research focuses on knowing how people allocate their time during the average day. Time use data, maintained in the form of ‘Time diaries’, can capture the range of economic production and consumption activities that take place outside the paid economy.

July

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.

Workshop: Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks (Melbourne 14 and 15 July 2016)
Australia - 14th July 2016 to 15th July 2016 - Paid

This workshop follows the structure of the text book ‘Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks’ authored by Dr Ian Patrick and Anne Markiewicz. It will present a clear and staged conceptual model for the systematic development of an M&E Framework. It will examine a range of steps and techniques involved in the design and implementation of the framework; explore potential design issues and implementation barriers; cover the development of a Program Logic; the identification of key evaluation questions; the development of performance indicators; and identification of processes for data collection, on-going analysis and reflection based on data generated.

Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks
Australia - 28th July 2015 to 29th July 2015 - Paid

This workshop will present a clear and staged conceptual model for the systematic development of an M&E Framework. It will examine a range of steps and techniques involved in the design and implementation of the framework; explore potential design issues and implementation barriers; cover the development of Program Theory and Program Logic; the identification of key evaluation questions; the development of performance indicators; and identification of processes for data collection, on-going analysis and reflection based on data generated.

Managing Evaluation Contracts
Australia - 27th July 2015 to 28th July 2015 - Paid

Program Evaluation "generally encompasses the systematic collection and analysis of information to make judgements, usually about effectiveness, efficiency and/or appropriateness of an activity" or program (see AES 2006, Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Evaluation). As such Program Evaluation is often used as a basis for external accountability. For example government departments hire external evaluation consultants to conduct reviews and report to parliament or executive management on their accountability for the results of their programs; not-for-profit non government organisations (NGOs) similarly are often bound by contracts with government funders to evaluate and report on the results of the programs they are funded to conduct. In the implementation of these functions there are usually service agreements or contracts for the conduct of the evaluation. Contracts are agreements between at least two parties each with essential roles: the evaluation practitioners or 'evaluators', and those whom commission and management the contracted external evaluators on behalf of the government or NGO. This workshop is about the implementation of an evaluation by a provider who is external to the contracting agent. It will assist participants to clarify these roles, develop an understanding of how they work together and enable the participants to better engage in these contractual roles in the conduct of external evaluations.

Achieving cultural competency when evaluating Indigenous programs
Australia - 23rd July 2015 - Paid

It is often said that "Indigenous Australians are the most studied people in the country", and whilst there may be an element of truth in that statement, it is also reasonable to note that for the most part evaluations are undertaken by evaluators with varying degrees of cultural competency in relation to engagement with Indigenous communities. The need to increase the number of Indigenous people doing research at all levels of projects is important to ensure that cultural nuances and protocols are captured in the evaluation project. This workshop will provide an overview of an evaluation framework that draws on Indigenous understandings and perspectives and western-constructed evaluation models. The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with insights into stakeholder engagement processes that will enhance their evaluation practice.

Theory based evaluation for complex systems and Realist qualitative analysis
Australia - 21st July 2015 to 23rd July 2015 - Paid

Many policies and programs are implemented in large systems, or expect to make changes at multiple levels of a system. Many approaches to program theory either assume that the program itself is simple, or ignore the implications of context for whether and how programs work. The first day of this program will compare various approaches to 'systems', 'complexity' and 'context', including introducing realist perspectives. Participants will explore the implications for program design and for commissioning and conducting evaluations, and in particular, the many uses of theory for dealing with complexity.

Impact Evaluation of Population, Health and Nutrition Programs
India - 20th July 2015 to 31st July 2015 - Paid

USAID’s MEASURE Evaluation Project is pleased to announce the international workshop on “Impact Evaluation of Population, Health and Nutrition Programs,” for English speaking professionals. The workshop is sponsored by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in New Delhi, India and MEASURE Evaluation, in collaboration with GEMNet-Health. The two-week course will be held July 20 – 31, 2015 in New Delhi, India.   Taught in English, the course is designed for mid-level health and population researchers, administrators, program managers, and other professionals involved in the implementation and evaluation of population, health and nutrition programs.  The course provides intensive, hands-on training in impact evaluation with an emphasis on statistical methods for professionals currently involved in related activities.

Course

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.

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.

Contribution Tracing
United Kingdom - 11th July 2016 to 13th July 2016 - Paid

There is increasing emphasis placed by impact evaluation commissioners on assessing the contribution made by projects and programmes to changing people’s lives, commonly referred to as a ‘contribution claim’. It can be argued that current theory-based approaches fail to provide evaluators with guidance on the ‘right’ data to gather and the quality of that data in relation to a particular contribution claim. This course aims to guide evaluators to collect data which can help assess how strongly or weakly such data support contribution claims.

12th Annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive
United States - 26th July 2015 to 30th July 2015 - Paid

Gain both theoretical and practical understanding of qualitative inquiry in five days of qualitative research professional development courses and networking opportunities. Continuing the tradition of integrating foundation courses with new topical courses, ResearchTalk and the Odum Institute are are featuring 11 new courses.

Making an Economic Case for Service Redesign in the NHS
United Kingdom - 1st July 2015 - Paid

This one-day course is aimed at NHS commissioners and providers who need to understand how to make an economic case for change. The training day aims to provide an understanding of how the NHS tariff system works and will outline a simple modelling approach to examine the impact of service change from the provider and commissioner perspective. The course will also outline how returns on investment can be forecast and how the results can be used in business cases.

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.

Participation in evaluation: Q&A With Irene Guijt and Leslie Groves
Online - 29th July 2015 - Free

In response to popular demand, Irene Guijt and Leslie Groves are holding a Q&A on the reflections presented in their blog series on participation in evaluation. Please join us on Wednesday 29th July from 12:00- 13:00 British Summer Time (click here for timezone convertor).

Seminar

Evaluations that make a difference: stories from around the world (AES Victorian Seminar Program)
Australia - 20th July 2016 - Free

‘Evaluations that make a difference: stories from around the world’ was a project funded by EvalPartners. It is a collection of 8 stories of evaluations that made a difference, not only from the perspective of the evaluator, but also from the commissioners and users. The session will focus on the lessons that emerged during the project about what makes an evaluation useful. Participants will be given the opportunity to consider how these lessons may inform their work, and encouraged to share their own stories.

Conference

ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2016
Australia - 19th July 2016 to 22nd July 2016 - Paid

To mark the 40th anniversary for ACSPRI, the theme of the 5th Social Science Methodology Conference  is “Social science in Australia: 40 years on”. This is a fitting time to reflect on how social science internationally and nationally has changed over this 40 year period and to reflect also, on where we are now and what the future might hold.

Next Generation Evaluation: Shaping better futures in Aotearoa New Zealand
New Zealand - 18th July 2016 to 21st July 2016 - Paid

ANZEA’s 2016 conference is future focused. Next generation evaluation: Shaping better futures in Aotearoa New Zealandembraces a changing evaluation landscape in a diverse and pluralist Aotearoa New Zealand. 

The Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association Conference
New Zealand - 6th July 2015 to 9th July 2015 - Paid

Our Conference theme is: Navigating evaluation: Making waves in Aotearoa and across the Pacific 2015 has been designated the International Year of Evaluation by the UN to advocate and promote evaluation and its use. The theme of the International Year of Evaluation is: Evidence for the world we want.Using evaluation to improve people’s lives through better policy making.  In celebrating the Year of Evaluation the ANZEA 2015 Conference theme invites you to consider the contribution of evaluation to creating a better Aoteaora New Zealand and Pacific. The South Pacific ocean connects Aotearoa in the South West to the “sea of islands” at the centre of Oceania. Made up of Islands in the west Papua New Guinea, Solomon and Vanuatu, Oceania stretches east to the Cook Islands, Tahiti and Easter Islands. It reaches north to Tokelau, Tuvalu and Nauru with Fiji, Samoa, Niue and Tonga nestled in the middle of the ocean expanse.

Other

Social Impact Analysts Association's (SIAA) 2014 Annual Conference, Talking Data: Measurement with a message

The Social Impact Analysts Association’s (SIAA) 2014 Annual Conference, Talking Data: Measurement with a message, will be held in Toronto on November 3rd – 4th. Location: Toronto, Canada Theme: Talking Data: Measurement with a message

Presenting Data Effectively with Dr Stephanie Evergreen
Australia - 18th July 2014

Date and time:  Friday 18th July 2014 1.30 - 3.30 pm (followed by drinks) Venue: Kaleide Theatre, RMIT University, Building 8, 360 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Fee: This is a free event, sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and hosted by BetterEvaluation, the Centre for Applied Social Research/RMIT University and the Australasian Evaluation Society.

Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks (Sydney 2013)
Australia - 24th July 2013

Date and time: 25th and 26th July 2013, 9:00am to 5:00pm Venue: New South Wales Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, NSW Fees: AES member AUD770.00 (including GST), Non-member AUD935.00 (including GST) Full-time student fees: Member $385.00 (including GST), Non-member $550.00 (including GST).

AES Seminar: What's 'Value for Money' all about?
Australia - 18th July 2013

Issues and methods in evaluating VfM and a case study applying social return on investment to a land restoration and food production project in Ghana.

Evaluation and improvement of survey questions using Survey Quality Prediction
Spain - 3rd July 2012

  Evaluation and improvement of survey questions using Survey Quality Prediction (SQP), 2-3 July 2012 in Barcelona, Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM-UPF)   The course will be taught by Melanie Revilla, Diana Zavala, and Willem Saris, researchers at RECSM-UPF.

Managing challenging interviews
United Kingdom - 7th July 2011

This one-day course will explore the key issues in planning for and conducting qualitative interviews with vulnerable populations.

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.    

Using Qualitative Methods to Evaluate Impact in Violence Reduction Programs: The Case of Honduras
Online - 13th June 2017 - Free

In the case of violence reduction programs in Honduras, qualitative proxy indicators, such as perceptions of security, illustrated qualitatively the impact of Creative Associates’ programming there. In this webinar, Noy Villalobos, Senior Director for Field Administration, will discuss how she used qualitative methods and indicators to measure impact in Creative Associates’ violence reduction programs in Honduras.

Participatory Sense-Making for Evaluators: Data Parties and Dabbling in the Data
Online - 14th June 2016 - Paid

Data parties (also known as sense-making sessions, results-briefings, and data-driven reviews) play an important role in promoting evaluation use, but there is little information available on how to conduct one.  In this interactive webinar learn how to facilitate participatory analysis and organize a data party, as well as tips and techniques that set the stage for success.  

Checklists for Improving Evaluation Practice
Online - 10th June 2015 - Free

FREE WEBINAR | Checklists for Improving Evaluation Practice June 10, 2015 | 1 - 1:45 p.m. EDT Checklists for Improving Evaluation Practice The World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist increased patient safety and even saved lives.  Checklists have been used in aviation since the 1930s with immeasurable contributions to flight safety.  Checklists are used in a wide array of professions to minimize error and enhance quality.  What can checklists do for your evaluation practice?  Dr. Lori Wingate, Assistant Director of the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University, will provide an overview of the forms and functions of checklists, highlight evaluation checklists developed by some of the field’s leading practitioners, and share basic information on how to use these checklists to improve practice.  Dr. Goldie MacDonald, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will share her experience with checklist development and use in the evaluation of public health programs.  Webinar participants will learn how to access and begin to use a range of checklists designed to enhance day-to-day practice. This webinar is an extended version of an American Evaluation Association (AEA) coffee break held on April 23, 2015. This content made available to the public via EvaluATE’s free webinar series.  REGISTER HERE: http://www.evalu-ate.org/webinars/2015-june/ 

Conference

Evaluation that matters. Ways to improve public policies.
Poland - 21st June 2017 to 22nd June 2017 - Free

This year Ministry of Economic Development and Polish Agency for Enterprise Development hosts 12th International Evaluation Conference  "Evaluation that matters. Ways to improve public policies." The event will take place in Wrocław 21st – 22nd June in Mercure Hotel at plac Dominikański 1. The aim of the conference is to present the results of public policies in the European Union. The evidence provided by the evaluation study not only illustrates the results of the actions taken, but also explains the socio-economic mechanisms, opportunities and barriers of the countries concerned.  

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.

CoE SA Evaluation Conclave 2017
Bhutan - 6th June 2017 to 9th June 2017 - Paid

Conclave 2017 will focus largely on the relationship between well-being and sustainable development with a view to demonstrate the importance of evaluations in these areas. Conclave 2017 will be a forum for government, civil society, donors and evaluation  fora  to deliberate on a number of fronts.

Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference - Americas/Europe/Africa session
Online - 21st June 2016 - Free

 The Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference is a loosely structured conference that emphasises the informal, emergent exchange of ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of speakers and presenters. The event on June 21st offers participants the chance to learn and share with colleagues in an informal virtual environment. Participants can build their knowledge and skills in systems evaluation without ever leaving the office.

Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) 2016 National Conference
Canada - 5th June 2016 to 8th June 2016 - Paid

Join the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) for their 2016 National Conference in St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador. The conference theme is 'on the edge', and will be explored by presenters in relation to approaches and methods, technology, professionalization, influence, and culture

Speakers Lunch, Celebration of EvalYear at IPDET
Canada - 24th June 2015 - Paid

Contact email: info@ipdet.org For more information, please visit: http://www.ipdet.org

Journées Françaises de l'Evaluation
France - 18th June 2015 to 19th June 2015 - Paid

La Société Française de l’Evaluation, association qui promeut l'évaluation comme un outil d’aide à la décision et au pilotage de l’action publique, organise les 18 et 19 juin 2015 les Journées Françaises de l’Evaluation au Corum de Montpellier. Se retrouvent à cette occasion près de 500 décideurs, élus, gestionnaires, … provenant de l’Etat et des établissements publics, des collectivités territoriales, des sociétés privées, des établissements d’enseignements et de recherche, du secteur associatif. 

10 Jahre Masterstudiengang Evaluation an der UdS und HTW Donnerstag, 11. Juni und Freitag, 12. Juni 2015
Germany - 11th June 2015 to 12th June 2015 - Paid

Ziele der Tagung:   Anlässlich des 10-jährigen Bestehens des Masterstudiengangs Evaluation befasst sich die Tagung mit den Herausforderungen der Zukunft an die Evaluationsaus- und Weiterbildung. Im Rahmen von Fachvorträgen und Podiumsdiskussionen stehen sowohl die Perspektiven der Anbieter- als auch der Nachfrageseite im Fokus der Betrachtung, um unterschiedliche Einschätzungen, Bedarfsprognosen und Qualifikationsanforderungen zu diskutieren.   Zentral ist dabei die Frage, ob die vorhandenen Aus- und Weiterbildungsangebote den Qualitätsansprüchen und Bedürfnissen der Nachfragenden entsprechen, ob sie für den Zukunftsmarkt der Evaluation gerüstet sind. Erweitert wird der Themenbereich um Aspekte des internationalen Evaluation Capacity Building sowie um die Frage der Professionalisierung der Evaluation generell. 

Conference: The future of training and further education in evaluation
Germany - 11th June 2015 to 12th June 2015 - Paid

This conference will be held on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Master program of evaluation at Saarland University and HTW. The discussion panels and lectures will deal with the future challenges to evaluation training. Speakers will present perspectives from both the supplier and demand side of evaluation training, and the central question of the conference will be whether the existing training offers the quality requirements and needs of the future evaluation market. 

Czech Evaluation Society Annual Conference
Czech Republic - 9th June 2015 - Paid

Theme: "New opportunities with respect to evaluations" Website:  www.czecheval.cz Contact person: Inka Pibilova inka.pibilova@gmail.com

Workshop

Applied MERL training
South Africa - 20th June 2017 to 21st June 2017 - Paid

This course give practitioners the ability to gain the best out of two worlds: Traditional M&E and emerging concepts and tools from a worldwide movement to put the “learning” back into MERL. This course challenges evaluators and MERL practitioners to personally engage and grapple with the emerging science of complexity and systems thinking. It requires nothing less than a full assessment of one’s own worldview, seen through the lens of this relatively new scientific “truth” about what the world is and how it functions. Novel methodologies can only be developed once we’ve revised our basic assumptions about the nature of reality. 

Introduction to monitoring, evaluation and learning
United Kingdom - 20th June 2016 - Paid

This one-day introduction is designed to increase your understanding of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL). It will stimulate ideas on how to design and implement monitoring and evaluation processes that strengthen accountability and learning, and so promote project, programme and strategy effectiveness.

Workshop: Performance Story Reports (Melbourne)
Australia - 20th June 2016 - Paid

The increasing move towards 'management by results' means there is an ever increasing pressure for agencies and organisations to be able to tell a clear and powerful results story. This pressure is building across many agencies in Australia, and in particular at the Commonwealth Government level with the introduction of the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework. With this has comes the request for "evidence-based performance stories". This one-day workshop introduces the concept and method of performance story.

ANZSOG: Cost-benefit Analysis Workshop
Australia - 7th June 2016 to 8th June 2016 - Paid

Governments at all levels face competing demands for their scarce resources.  Although spending decisions can validly be made on political grounds alone, rigorous cost-benefit analysis of policies and programs can help ensure that Ministers are better informed of the relative social merits of different proposals.  Despite common misconceptions, economics -- and cost-benefit analysis in particular -- incorporates environmental, social and financial considerations.  It therefore addresses the costs and benefits to society as a whole, rather than just narrower financial aspects. Because there is no ‘cookbook’ or specific recipe for undertaking cost-benefit analysis, an understanding of its conceptual basis is essential for public servants who commission studies by their staff or from commercial consultants. This two-day executive workshop reviews the key concepts of cost-benefit analysis, as well as the various ‘tips and traps’ involved in conducting a study. 

Move beyond ‘grassroots rhetoric and top down practice’ in monitoring and evaluation of community development projects
Australia - 24th June 2015 to 25th June 2015 - Paid

The workshop will be offered over 2 days; the first will introduce you to a number of methods which can be used for evaluation and for ongoing monitoring leading to a participatory evaluation; while day two will be an optional workshop where John will assist you to further apply the method to your particular project. The workshop will work with a REAL situation through which you will be able to experience first-hand the usefulness of this methodology on a couple of levels: data collection for monitoring and evaluation; learning by all involved about the project and its issues. The methodology involves sound community engagement, using participatory rapid appraisal methods (PRA) to establish anticipated outcomes and indicators of the change required to achieve those outcomes. Two easy to use, inclusive, ethically sound tools (Ten Seed Technique, Pocket Chart) for data collection are then used to measure these indicators. Data is presented in an easily understood chart format enabling participants to engage in decisions using monitoring data and contribute to the design and conduct of subsequent evaluations.

Introduction to Program Logic
Australia - 23rd June 2015 - Paid

Program logic is a simplified model of expected cause-and-effect relationships between activities, immediate changes, intermediate outcomes and final outcomes. This workshop introduces the program logic concept and lays out a step by step process for creating a logic model. The workshop concludes with an overview of how this logic model can be used for program design and to be the spine of a monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement framework.

The role of internal leadership and of donors in creating an enabling environment for good Monitoring and Evaluation Learning (MEL)
United Kingdom - 11th June 2015 - Free

Presented IMA International An introductory talk by Michael O’Donnell of IMA's Effectiveness & Learning Team which will be followed by a question and answer session. The event will be held at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Brighton

Evaluation of Humanitarian Action
France - 9th June 2015 to 11th June 2015 - Paid

GRM International is delighted to invite you to join us for a 3 day training workshop from 9 to 11 June 2015 on Evaluation Of Humanitarian Action, facilitated by facilitated by highly experienced evaluators and trainers, Margie Buchanan Smith and John Cosgrave, who co-authored the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action guide. The training workshop will be held at Hotel Chateau de Coudree, Sciez-sur-Leman, France, only 30km from Geneva.

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.

Participation: principles, tools and approaches
United Kingdom - 23rd June 2016 to 24th June 2016 - Paid

This course will teach participants how to apply the principles of meaningful participation and be conversant with a range of tools and techniques to guide, assess and support programme-based colleagues in enhancing participation throughout the programme life cycle – including context analysis, project design, implementation, management and monitoring and evaluation.

Planning and practice in monitoring, evaluation and learning
United Kingdom - 21st June 2016 to 22nd June 2016 - Paid

This course introduces key MEL systems, processes, methods and tools. Using a case study, participants will gain hands on experience in designing a MEL plan. Participants will also have the opportunity to share experiences, challenges and lessons of doing MEL with peers, and can bring along their own case study for peer review.

Monitoring and Evaluation for Results (Multiple dates/locations)
United Kingdom - 20th June 2016 to 16th November 2016 - Paid

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for Results is for managers and monitoring and evaluation officers who need to supervise, manage, plan and implement M&E in their projects and programmes. The course addresses M&E for the entire results chain, including the all-important outcomes.  The approach taken is participatory so participants are able to put the theory covered into action.  

Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting. Adaptive Management for Complex Development Programs
Italy - 15th June 2016 to 22nd June 2016 - Paid

This course focuses on two methods for planning, monitoring and evaluation in dynamic environments where development results can be both planned and unanticipated. Outcome Mapping is a set of tools used for planning, monitoring and evaluating interventions aimed at bringing about social, economic or technological change. The idea is that to succeed, an intervention needs to involve multiple stakeholders. OM connects ‘outputs’ to ‘outcomes’ by focusing on the patterns of action and interaction among stakeholders. Outcome Harvesting is used to identify, formulate, analyse and interpret what was achieved and how, regardless of whether it was pre-defined or not. Conventional M&E can be inappropriate because what is done and what is achieved may vary considerably from the original plan. OH enables people responsible for monitoring and evaluating development work to identify and formulate intended and unintended, positive and negative outcomes, determine how the intervention contributed to them. 

International Program for Development Evaluation Training 2016: Building Skills to Evaluate Development Interventions
Canada - 6th June 2016 to 1st July 2016 - Paid

The International Program for Development Evaluation Training is an executive training program that features a two-week Core Course, followed by two weeks of 26 in-depth workshops, taught by a dynamic group of renowned international faculty drawn from organizations around the world. The program is highly responsive to the changing international environment, addressing the requirements of new development policies and delivery mechanisms that favor local ownership, increased national accountability, and partnership. Similarly, the curriculum is designed to reflect the international shift in focus from project evaluation to more complex program-, policy-, country-, and even global-level evaluation.

SRA: Virtual interviewing using digital media (Qualitative data collection)
United Kingdom - 29th June 2015 - Paid

This course will equip participants with the skills and knowledge required to learn about the social world through qualitative interviews using digital media.  The course will consider the principles behind the qualitative interview method and how to address the challenges, limitations and opportunities provided by digital media. The course will be illustrated with diverse real world examples and participants will gain hands on experience.

Economic Evaluations and Economic Evidence in Healthcare
United Kingdom - 25th June 2015 - Paid

Health economics information is a key element in much health services research and particularly in health technology assessments. Identifying economic evidence to inform such research can involve searches in a range of databases and using a variety of strategies. This study day will include a ‘jargon buster’ session on the basics of health economics and economic models. It will also feature presentations about key economics information resources including the CEA Registry, and explorations of options for searching to identify data for economic models. With the closure of key economic evaluation databases (NHS EED and HEED) we will be focusing on how to identify economic evaluations from major bibliographic databases. There will be opportunities for hands-on practice.

SRA: Introduction to CAQDAS training: MAXQDA for applied research
United Kingdom - 19th June 2015 - Paid

There are many different software packages available that support the range of approaches to qualitative and mixed methods analysis. In applied contexts MAXQDA is a good choice because it is easy to learn, intuitive and streamlined. This one day course introduces the principles of Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) and provides comprehensive foundation level training in the workings of the software.

Early Economic Modelling to Inform Clinical Trial Design and Other Decisions
United Kingdom - 18th June 2015 - Paid

Economic evaluations are increasingly used as tools to inform decision-makers about the cost-effectiveness of health technologies. Such evaluations are often undertaken during the late stages of the technology development (i.e. around the time of product launch or, in some cases, post-launch). However, there is an increasing need for the manufacturers of the technology to appraise the likely cost-effectiveness of the intervention before making decisions on price and indication, as well as to inform the development of clinical trials. The purposes of such an analysis are to allow the user to determine the relative importance of different parameter inputs, in order to inform decisions on pricing, target populations and prioritisation of further research.

Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation For Complex Development Programmes
Italy - 15th June 2015 to 19th June 2015 - Paid

The Bologna Centre for International Development and the University of Bologna's Department of Economics are holding their 10th Annual Edition Summer Training Programme on Monitoring and Evaluation. This year's programme includes two courses that focus on methods that are increasingly on the cutting-edge for planning, monitoring and evaluation in development situations characterized by a dynamic environment and unpredictable results: Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting.

Building Skills to Evaluate Development Interventions
Canada - 8th June 2015 to 3rd July 2015 - Paid

IPDET 2015 is designed to meet the professional development needs of senior and mid-level evaluation and audit professionals working in developed and developing country governments, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, or non-governmental organizations.

IPDET 2015 Open Registration
Canada - 8th June 2015 to 3rd July 2015 - Paid

This is the 15th year that IPDET will offer eighty hours of instruction and hands-on learning in the fundamentals of development evaluation during the two-week Core Course (June 8 – 19), as well as 27 dynamic workshops in the two weeks that follow (June 22 – June 26; June 29 – July 3).

SRA: Advanced evaluation: New thinking and choices in impact evaluation
United Kingdom - 7th June 2015 - Paid

For government and its agencies, the European Commission, the Lottery, and charitable Trusts, evaluation of impact has become a cornerstone in understanding the accountability and effectiveness of programmes and initiatives. In an environment where resources for such activity are often scarce, those tasked with designing and managing evaluations, find themselves confronted with confusing choices about ‘the right’ approaches and techniques. This course helps to demystify impact evaluation and help those commissioning and conducting evaluation make effective choices.

SRA: Grounded Theory: A practical guide to qualitative analysis
United Kingdom - 5th June 2015 - Paid

The course is designed for those wanting to understand and to apply the grounded theory approach to the analysis of qualitative data. It will provide a step by step guide to those new to the field. Because grounded theory is essentially an inductive approach the course is most suitable for those who have not yet begun, or are in the early stages of, data collection. However, those with previously-collected data will also find the course useful for application at the analysis stage as well as for future projects. The trainers will be using the approach developed by Strauss and Corbin and, more recently, by Kathy Charmaz, and will draw on examples from the fields of social science. The course is applied and practical.

Participatory, Monitoring & Evaluation - Intermediate Course
Sudan - 2nd June 2013 to 6th June 2013 - Paid

Development organizations need information on the effectiveness of their efforts. But who should make these judgments, and on what basis? It is the norm that external experts take charge of this process.

Participatory, Monitoring & Evaluation - Intermediate Course
Sudan - 2nd June 2013 to 6th June 2013 - Paid

Development organizations need information on the effectiveness of their efforts. But who should make these judgments, and on what basis? It is the norm that external experts take charge of this process.

Seminar

Why are we obsessed with Impact evaluation?
United Kingdom - 14th June 2016 - Paid

Why are we obsessed with impact evaluation (IE)? To address this question Elliot Stern will discuss contemporary thinking on IE, and how IE has evolved in recent years. He will also explore what IE could offer to the sustainable development goals ‘agenda’, as an example of the challenges evaluating any complex, unpredictable and interconnected system.

Social impact bonds: New ways of funding community services and the implications for policy makers and evaluators
Australia - 29th June 2015 - Free

The emergence of social impact bonds as an emerging investment class has implications for policy makers and evaluators, with potential to significantly enhance the funding of social services programs. While they have gained traction overseas as a form of social impact investment for some years, Australia has only recently started to pursue this opportunity. From a policy perspective, social impact bonds offer governments the opportunity to scale up programs, share risk, manage cashflow and reduce overall expenditure with appropriately designed and executed social investment programs. From an evaluator's perspective, they require greater assurance that quality metrics and measurements are designed to satisfy a new group of investors such as professional investment managers. These include measures of social returns, savings, risk and governance.

Making and Measuring: How do we change community behaviour and when do we know we have?
Australia - 25th June 2015 - Paid

Governments are often challenged by the need to change the behaviour of large sections of society for community and individual benefit. Typically they adopt a multi-initiative approach including broad population awareness and information, incentives and penalties, and targeted services and programs. Drawing on evidence of successful past campaigns and policies, the symposium will explore potential instruments for making and measuring community change within the context of serious contemporary issues across health, road safety, employment, community services and more.

The role of partnerships in delivering social change
Australia - 17th June 2015 - Free

Increasingly not-for-profits, government, communities and business are jointly developing and implementing initiatives that address a broad range of socially intractable problems across the community. These initiatives are often systemic and aim to address the root causes of complex issues. They operate within adaptive and dynamic environments and are therefore not well suited to linear approaches to change. Comprehensively tackling intractable problems brings together multiple and diverse actors, often with overlapping boundaries. Increasingly these programs are being delivered through new forms of partnership and collaboration, and there is increasing interest in learning how to best broker, build and assess the strength of these relationships.

Roundtable

M&E roundtable #14 on Gender and Vulnerability: Evaluation Frameworks and Learning for Adolescent Programs
Sri Lanka - 15th June 2015 - Free

CLEAR/J-PAL South Asia at IFMR is organizing M&E roundtable # 14 on “Gender and Vulnerability: Evaluation Frameworks and Learning for Adolescent Programs” on June 15, 2015 from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM at Dukes Court, Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Other

Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR) / Performance Story Reporting workshop

One day workshop presented by Clear Horizon Consulting. Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR) also known as Performance Story Reporting is a participatory approach to impact evaluation. In a concise format, COR presents evidence of how a program has contributed to outcomes and impacts that is verified by both technical experts and program stakeholders.

Using Evidence to Improve Social Program Effectiveness

Program Session(s): June 23, 2013 - June 28, 2013 Program Fee: $6,700

INTRAC - Impact Assessment

NGOs and CSOs are under growing pressure to assess the impact of their development efforts. They need to be able to justify their spending, learn to become more effective and, not least, to be accountable to their stakeholders.

INTRAC - NEW Advocacy and Policy Influencing Blended Learning

This course gives participants a thorough understanding of how to influence the policy making process in their own context to achieve policy change. You will learn skills to help you plan and deliver effective advocacy strategies; enhance your ability to lobby decision makers; and gain confidence in the ways in which you relate to different audiences.

2 day Course in Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation - Most Significant Change Technique
United Kingdom - 9th June 2013 to 10th June 2013

Date: June 10-11, 2013 Venue: London , To be advised Presenters: Theo Nabben with secondary input from Rick Davies

Annual Canadian Evaluation Society 2013 Conference
Canada - 8th June 2013 to 11th June 2013

Location: Toronto, Ontario When: June 9-12, 2013 Evaluation Across Boundaries: Locating Evaluation Within and Across Settings is the 34th annual Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) conference, and will be held in Toronto, Ontario from Sunday, June 9 to Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the Fairmont Royal York.

May

Workshop

Creative Data Visualisation training
South Africa - 24th May 2017 to 25th May 2017 - Paid

Data visualisation is concerned with transforming the data buried in complex reports and statistics into concise images that communicate concepts in a clear and actionable manner. The two day workshop aims to introduce participants to various techniques to improve standard data visualisation (diagrams and charts) and to create innovative visual products that can facilitate the communication of complex stories and ideas.

Workshop: Using program theory and program logic for improved evaluation practice (Melbourne 30 May 2016)
Australia - 29th May 2016 - Paid

The workshop will provide participants with insight into theory based approaches to evaluation, and specifically into the role of Program Theory and Program Logic to provide a clear understanding, focus and direction to the practice of evaluation. The use of Program Theory and Program Logic will be clearly detailed within a staged conceptual model, with guidance provided on how they can be applied within the planning and implementation of an evaluation

Workshop: Using program theory and program logic for improved evaluation practice (Sydney 1 June 2016)
Australia - 25th May 2016 - Paid

The workshop will provide participants with insight into theory based approaches to evaluation, and specifically into the role of Program Theory and Program Logic to provide a clear understanding, focus and direction to the practice of evaluation. The use of Program Theory and Program Logic will be clearly detailed within a staged conceptual model, with guidance provided on how they can be applied within the planning and implementation of an evaluation.

Workshop: Performance Based Management: its application in evaluation theory and practice May 2016
Australia - 11th May 2016 - Paid

This workshop will examine the relationship between performance based management and evaluation. The topic of performance based management and its application in terms of evaluation theory and practice is currently of substantial interest in Western Australia as it is a strong theme throughout the state government’s Evaluation Guideline Feb 2015 which sets out the approach to the evaluation of government programs. The workshop will enable participants to enhance their understanding of performance based management principles and increase their confidence to construct performance measurements and use them in performance based management and evaluation.

Workshop: Theory based evaluation for complex systems (Brisbane 5 and 6 May 2016)
Australia - 5th May 2016 to 6th May 2016 - Paid

Many policies and programs are implemented in large systems, or expect to make changes at multiple levels of a system. Many approaches to program theory either assume that the program itself is simple, or ignore the implications of context for whether and how programs work. This two-day workshop will introduce participants to various approaches to ‘systems’, ‘complexity’ and ‘context’, and skills and strategies for working with complex systems.

Workshop: Introduction to Program Logic May 2016
Australia - 2nd May 2016 - Paid

Program logic is a simplified model of expected cause-and-effect relationships between activities, immediate changes, intermediate outcomes and final outcomes. This workshop introduces the program logic concept and lays out a step by step process for creating a logic model. The workshop concludes with an overview of how this logic model can be used for program design and to be the spine of a monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement framework.

Workshop: Introductory qualitative methods (9 and 10 May 2016)
Australia - 2nd May 2016 - Paid

This two day workshop has been developed to provide an introductory insight into the strengths and weaknesses of a broad range of qualitative methods of data collection and analysis. Participants will develop a conceptual model for the use of qualitative methods and gain basic skills in several key qualitative techniques through hands-on exercises. 

AES Workshop: Move beyond ‘grassroots rhetoric and top down practice’ in monitoring and evaluation of community development projects
Australia - 27th May 2015 to 28th May 2015 - Paid

The workshop will work with a REAL situation through which you will be able to experience first-hand the usefulness of this methodology on a couple of levels: data collection for monitoring and evaluation; learning by all involved about the project and its issues. The methodology involves sound community engagement, using participatory rapid appraisal methods (PRA) to establish anticipated outcomes and indicators of the change required to achieve those outcomes. Two easy to use, inclusive, ethically sound tools (Ten Seed Technique, Pocket Chart) for data collection are then used to measure these indicators. Data is presented in an easily understood chart format enabling participants to engage in decisions using monitoring data and contribute to the design and conduct of subsequent evaluations.

AES Workshop: Commissioning better evaluations
Australia - 21st May 2015 - Paid

This one-day course has been custom designed for people who want to commission better evaluations. It is for people with a role in planning, commissioning and managing evaluations who want to gain knowledge, and consolidate their understanding, of how to commission better evaluations.

AES Workshop: What does the evaluator mean? Building the skills to understand evaluation reports and apply the findings to policy and practice
Australia - 21st May 2015 - Paid

Evidence-based practice depends on skilled practitioners and policy makers to be able to extract and interpret and apply key information from evaluation reports. However, understanding evaluation reports, their limitations and language – and then making good use of the findings are essential skills in order to benefit from the investment in the evaluation process. This workshop provides the link between the evaluator and the evaluation user: users will learn what to look for and what questions to ask and evaluators will learn how to make their reports more accessible.

AES Workshop: Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation
Australia - 7th May 2015 - Paid

Many people fear evaluation because they think it's all about being judged. But when done well evaluation provides useful feedback to aid in decision-making and improves projects, ultimately leading to positive social change. This 1 day workshop introduces participants to basic concepts related to evaluating projects and programs. The workshop is designed to de-mystify the evaluation process exploring such topics as: fit for purpose evaluation processes and approaches; interpreting data and producing findings; engaging with stakeholders; the nature and use of evaluation; ethics in evaluation; and key issues and trends in the field of evaluation. Participants will be equipped to develop the right evaluation strategy to suit an organisations program needs, within budget and to satisfy information and reporting needs. This is an An AES and IPAA WA partnership event.

Workshop: Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks (Sydney 4 and 5 May 2015)
Australia - 4th May 2015 to 5th May 2015 - Paid

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Frameworks are becoming increasingly important for developing an agreed approach to the assessment of results achieved and to aid organisational learning. The M&E Framework identifies expected results, key evaluation questions and the means to answer these questions through routine monitoring and periodic evaluation. It also provides a guide to the implementation of M&E processes over the life of a program or other initiative. Monitoring and evaluation functions are essential to the effective operation of programs and will contribute to the overall value derived from them. M&E Frameworks should support decision-making, allocation of resources and program refinement based on lessons learned.

E-learning

How to Be a Successful Evaluation Consultant
Online - 15th May 2017 to 31st December 2017 - 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?

Agentes de cambio: desarrollando la capacidad de funcionarios latinoamericanos para promover el uso del conocimiento en las políticas
Online - 30th May 2015 - Free

Are you interested in promoting the use of information and research in public decision-making? Looking for support and new tools and ideas to drive effective change within your agencies to promote better use of available information? Through this call, Politics & Ideas and the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) shall support, with full scholarships, the involvement of those Latin American officials interested in promoting the use of knowledge in their organizations through their participation in the online course "Leaders of change: developing Latin American policymakers´ capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy". 

Course

How to Facilitate Writeshops - Approaches & tools for writing stories and learning from practice
Netherlands - 15th May 2017 to 16th May 2017 - Paid

How can social change and development practitioners write interesting and thoughtful stories and case studies, to learn from and to communicate to others? How can they do this in collective ways that improve reflection and learning practices? A “Writeshop” is a creative and disciplined method for reflection, learning and documenting stories that are worth sharing. This workshop offers training to facilitators to design and facilitate such Writeshops.

J-PAL: Evaluating Social Programs
Online - 2nd May 2016 to 27th May 2016 - Free

J-PAL offers an interactive online version of its in-person Executive Education course. This is a self-paced course that covers the same material as the conventional on-site version and is hosted on MIT’s edX platform. It takes approximately four weeks to complete and a certificate is awarded upon completion of the course. This course is available to everyone free of cost. The next run of the course will begin on May 2, 2016.

Identifying Diagnostic Test Accuracy Studies: Challenges and Strategies
United Kingdom - 28th May 2015 - Paid

Diagnostic test studies are receiving increasing attention, but are challenging to identify efficiently and reliably. As well as health care professionals seeking information on best evidence on test accuracy, there is also a growing requirement for systematic study identification to inform systematic reviews and technology assessments of diagnostic tests and techniques. 

SRA: Writing effective research reports
United Kingdom - 22nd May 2015 - Paid

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.

SRA: Interpreting and writing up your qualitative findings
United Kingdom - 21st May 2015 - Paid

What can qualitative research tell us? This more advanced course covers the transition from interpretive analysis to writing up qualitative findings, showing how key themes can be extrapolated to form the structure of a written piece. It reviews different styles of writing, for different audiences, and includes examples from both academic and applied research.

SRA: Qualitative data analysis
United Kingdom - 20th May 2015 - Paid

Have you ever felt daunted by a volume of data? Then help is at hand: this course is designed to help participants learn how to analyse their qualitative material. It provides a map of different approaches but then focuses on Thematic Analysis, a cross-sectional, substantive (rather than structural) method. Talks and practical workshops will take participants through the process of data management and descriptive analysis. Some experience of qualitative research, or attendance on other qualitative courses, is vital. The day is appropriate for those whose data are in the form of semi-structured or in-depth interviews, focus groups, field notes or other documents, but is not geared towards the analysis of open-ended responses to questionnaire items.

SRA: Sampling and introduction to weighting (Quantitative data collection)
United Kingdom - 20th May 2015 - Paid

“One way to ruin an otherwise well-conceived survey is to use a convenience sample rather than one which is based on a probability design” (Ferber et al, 1980). Do you have the right sampling design for your study? This course introduces participants to what survey sampling is, why it is important, and how it is implemented. It focuses on the practical aspects as well as some of the mathematics.

SRA: Understanding Statistical Concepts and Basic Tests
United Kingdom - 19th May 2015 - Paid

Choosing an appropriate statistical procedures and understanding basic statistics are an essential part of a survey researcher’s skill set. This course is about understanding the statistics behind the software packages. No software packages are used. Instead there are 6 workshops over the day so each stage can be practiced. This course is informal and designed to encourage participants to ask that ‘embarrassing’ statistical question they have always wanted to ask.

Most Significant Change
Australia - 14th May 2015 to 15th May 2015 - Paid

The Most Significant Change technique (MSC) is one of Clear Horizon’s flagship techniques. MSC was developed Dr Rick Davies and has been implemented in hundreds of organisations across the world. Rick Davies and Jess Dart wrote the MSC User Guide together in 2005 and were jointly awarded the 2006 Australasian Evaluation Society Award for this technique.

SRA: Digital methods for qualitative research
United Kingdom - 12th May 2015 - Paid

Researchers using communication technologies for online interviews or focus groups, or to study posts, Tweets or documents, must think carefully about the implications of each design decision they make.

Conducting Focus groups (Qualitative data collection)
United Kingdom - 7th May 2015 - Paid

Focus groups are an increasingly popular qualitative research method but it is vital to understand the kind of data they generate so that they are chosen wisely. As a method they require considerable questioning and facilitation skills. This highly interactive course shows how to improve the quality of focus group research by achieving optimum group composition, and ensuring a lively and fully participative discussion.

SRA: Interviewing (Qualitative data collection)
United Kingdom - 7th May 2015 - Paid

As a qualitative method, interviewing can generate wonderfully rich and nuanced data, but it requires considerable social, listening and questioning skills. This one-day course is designed to help participants become aware of and practise some of the techniques involved. As well as a grounding in the principles of semi-structured and in-depth interviewing, participants will gain hands-on experience of conducting interviews, acting as an interviewee, and giving and receiving detailed feedback. Some knowledge of qualitative research or attendance on the design day is advisable.

How to implement your survey more effectively (Quantitative data collection)
United Kingdom - 7th May 2015 - Paid

There is more to implementing a survey than one may think. Some authors have listed as many as 38 unique stages. This course aims to equip participants with a good understanding of what is involved in conducting a survey effectively. It combines lectures with hands-on practical sessions.

Cartooning skills course for Presenters, researchers and trainers
United Kingdom - 6th May 2015 - Paid

This is a dynamic and fun one day course for anyone wishing to spice up their presentations and bring ideas or concepts to life and make research findings more accessible. No previous drawing experience required, this course is specifically for the "Artistically undiscovered". The course is hosted in the Drapers Arms, Islington, London. 7th May 2015.

Questionnaire design and testing (Quantitative data collection)
United Kingdom - 6th May 2015 - Paid

Rubbish in, rubbish out – have you ever discovered too late that your questions did not deliver useful or useable data? Learn the art of writing effective questions and combining them into a meaningful questionnaire. Drawing on both experience and research findings from questionnaire design experiments, this course is full of practical advice.

SRA: Digital methods for qualitative research
United Kingdom - 5th May 2015 - Paid

Researchers using communication technologies for online interviews or focus groups, or to study posts, Tweets or documents, must think carefully about the implications of each design decision they make.

Conference

Journées du réseau F3E
France - 4th May 2017 to 5th May 2017 - Free

Les 4 et 5 mai 2017, le F3E organise la première édition des Journées de son réseau. Pour ce temps fort, il a choisi un thème faisant écho aux enjeux actuels du secteur : « Comment apprécier notre contribution au changement social ? » Sur deux demi-journées, à Paris, dans un espace convivial, seront proposés tables rondes, ateliers, stands, expositions et espaces de rencontre afin de stimuler les échanges. Ces Journées croiseront témoignages de membres du réseau et apports d’expert-e-s francophones renommé-e-s pour former un temps conçu par et pour les acteurs et les actrices du développement.

The Jordan Evaluation Days
Jordan - 26th May 2015 to 28th May 2015 - Paid

Contact person: Amjad Attar amjad_attar@hotmail.com

36th annual conference of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES)
Canada - 24th May 2015 to 27th May 2015 - Paid

It is with great pleasure that the Quebec Evaluation Society (SQEP) is organizing the 2015 National Conference of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES), which will be held in Montreal from May 24th to May 27th 2015 at the Sheraton Centre. On this occasion, SQEP wishes to invite the broad community of Quebec, Canada and international evaluators to be part of this event and thus take advantage of opportunities for learning, development, exchange and networking on key issues related to our community of practice.

Congrès national 2015 de la Société canadienne d’évaluation (SCÉ)
Canada - 24th May 2015 to 27th May 2015 - Paid

C’est avec un grand plaisir que la Société québécoise d’évaluation (SQEP) organise le Congrès national 2015 de la Société canadienne d’évaluation (SCÉ), qui se tiendra à Montréal du 24 au 27 mai 2015 au Centre Sheraton. À cette occasion, la SQEP convie la grande communauté des évaluateurs québécois, canadiens et internationaux à vivre cet évènement et ainsi tirer profit d’occasions d’apprentissage, de perfectionnement, d’échange et de réseautage sur les grands enjeux de notre communauté de pratique.

Evaluation results for decision-making: Use, challenges and examples
Lithuania - 20th May 2015 to 21st May 2015 - Free

The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania kindly invites you to the 6th international conference held in Lithuania on the evaluation of EU-funded programmes and other public policies. This is a biannual event (1st evaluation conference took place in Vilnius in 2005) which has become increasingly popular among speakers and participants from the EU countries and all over the world. Biannual evaluation conferences create a platform for an exchange of best practices, networking and, most importantly, it becomes an inspiration source for both evaluation commissioners and evaluators.

Tarptautinė vertinimo konferencija "VERTINIMO REZULTATAI SPRENDIMAMS PRIIMTI: nauda, iššūkiai ir pavyzdžiai"
Lithuania - 20th May 2015 to 21st May 2015 - Free

Lietuvos Respublikos finansų ministerija 2015 m. gegužės 20-21 d. organizuoja 6-ąją tarptautinę vertinimo konferenciją Lietuvoje. Vertinimo konferencijos Lietuvoje organizuojamos nuo 2005 m. kas dvejus metus ir sulaukia vis didesnio pranešėjų ir dalyvių skaičiaus iš įvairių Europos Sąjungos ir kitų pasaulio šalių. 2015 m. vertinimo konferencija skiriama vertinimo rezultatų naudojimo ir įrodymais grįsto valdymo klausimams.​

UK Evaluation Society (UKES) 2015 Conference
United Kingdom - 13th May 2015 to 14th May 2015 - Paid

The UK Evaluation Society's 2015 conference aims to examine the relationship between evaluation and the influence it has on programme/policy development and identify the ways in which it contributes to or is affected by innovation, inclusion and impact: Innovation – developing new approaches or methods for both doing and using evaluation, adapting new technologies, challenging traditional thinking  Inclusion –identifying and working with stakeholders, embracing diversity, being transparent and ethical, using participatory processes  Impact– making a difference, discovering unintended consequences, supporting decision-making at all levels in society.

Webinar

Blue Marble Evaluators - Webinar 3
Online - 18th May 2016 - Free

This third and final webinar, led by Michael Quinn Patton, will explore opportunities for, and examples of, Blue Marble Evaluation. This free webinar is supported by the Faster Forward Fund, in partnership with World Savvy and Utilization-Focused Evaluation. To register for this webinar, click here. 

Seminar

The Seminar Series - A New Rule of Law: Social Intelligence, Open Rights
Australia - 29th May 2015 - Free

A New Rule of Law: Social Intelligence, Open Rights explores the legal and ethical challenges of regulating the contemporary societies that emerged when Big Data encountered Web 3.0. The Seminar Series is being co-hosted by RMIT University's Centre for Applied Social Research and Graduate School of Business and Law.

Other

International Energy Policies & Programmes Evaluation Conference (IEPPEC)

International Energy Policies & Programmes Evaluation Conference (IEPPEC) conference 9-11 September 2014 – the world’s leading event for energy policy and programme evaluators Policies and programmes for increased energy efficiency, energy savings and reduction of GHG emissions are ranked as top priorities by EU, IEA and the UN to help the world face the critical issues of climate

Evaluation of Humanitarian Action

Channel Research is delighted to announce that registrations are now open for their upcoming advanced training on monitoring and evaluation in their EVALUATION OF HUMANITARIAN ACTION (EHA) Course, facilitated by Margie Buchanan-Smith and John Cosgrave.

Assessing Multidimensional Poverty Impacts: Techniques that are Easy-to-Implement and Customizable - Webinar Series

What’s your organization’s true impact on poverty reduction? Are you capturing a complete picture of what’s happening, including positive and negative outcomes for all your local stakeholders?

Most Significant Change (MSC) training - Berlin (21-22 July, 2014), London (31 July, 1 August, 2014)

The Most Significant Change (MSC) technique is a participatory monitoring & evaluation technique ideally suited to providing qualitative information on project /program impact.   MSC also supports data capture of unexpected outcomes and is an excellent tool for fostering organisational  learning and program improvement.

INTRAC - NEW Monitoring and Evaluation Blended Learning

M&E is an essential component of international NGOs, NGOs and civil society organisations striving to continually improve their work and have greater accountability. Given the high demand in the sector, this foundation course is designed to develop individuals' understanding of what M&E entails, why it is so vital, and how to do it well and in a participatory way.

INTRAC - Advanced Monitoring and Evaluation

This course builds on participants’ understanding and skills of how to develop sustainable and cost effective monitoring and evaluation processes and practices within their own projects and organisations. It is also relevant for those trying to improve and enhance current M&E processes, or supporting partners to develop and implement effective M&E.

Beginner Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use - Michael Quinn Patton

eStudy 011: Beginner Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use - Michael Quinn Patton Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays May 7, 9, 14, & 16, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time. For one registration fee, participants may attend 1 or all sessions.  Length: 6 total contact hours 

Applying a Systems-Based Approach to Implementing Change with Lance Dublin

The realities of today's world have made change an ongoing fact of life in organizations:change in technologies, process, roles and responsibilities, culture, and more.  The challenge though is not in managing these changes but in implementing them-ensuring that the changes become embedded into the culture of the organization.

Systems Concepts and Outcome Mapping
United Kingdom - 3rd May 2011

In this webinar, Bob Williams and Richard Hummelbrunner will introduce the systems field, from which OM has drawn significantly. They'll present the three concepts of inter-relationships, perspectives and boundaries - three things that are implicit in OM but often taken for granted. They also share their reflections on OM from a systems point of view.

April

Conference

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.

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.

UKES ​Conference : Building a culture of evaluation: Challenging assumptions, unpacking complexity, championing change
United Kingdom - 27th April 2016 to 28th April 2016 - Paid

Even with the resources, how can we ensure that staff throughout the organisation know enough about evaluation to want to do it, use it, wait for it? Do they perceive it as something additional to their usual work ie a burden or as a valuable management tool which will help them with their projects, programmes or policies? To be really valuable, evaluation needs to be considered at the outset. How can we get this message across?

A high level panel discussion and reception to promote EvalYear 2015
Austria - 20th April 2015 - Paid

Vienna based UN agencies together with the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Contact person: Katherine Aston k.aston@iaea.org

XVIII Congresso nazionale AIV
Italy - 16th April 2015 to 17th April 2015 - Paid

Nell’anno internazionale della valutazione, il tema dell’equità sociale è particolarmente sentito. La crisi economica globale e l’accrescersi delle disuguaglianza sociali nel mondo richiamano l’attenzione sulle politiche che mirano a garantire a tutti l’accesso al godimento dei diritti di base (alla vita, salute, istruzione) e a contrastare le disparità persistenti tra i gruppi sociali, i territori e i paesi nel mondo. Tuttavia, le politiche possono dar luogo a effetti avversi e generare nuove disuguaglianze. Talvolta, in presenza di leggi, regolamenti e prescrizioni contrari a qualsiasi forma di discriminazione sociale, etnica, di genere e di classe, si possono verificare e perpetuare iniquità che minano la libertà delle persone, le possibilità di sviluppo dei territori e il funzionamento efficiente e democratico delle istituzioni. Anche all’interno della “macchina“ amministrativa e dei processi organizzativi possono nascere disuguaglianze. In tali circostanze, la valutazione è chiamata ad intercettare gli esiti indesiderati e a contribuire al ripristino di condizioni di equità. La stessa valutazione non è immune da potenziali effetti iniqui: talvolta la selezione dei metodi (quantitativi e qualitativi) e degli approcci (controfattuale, theory-based, costi-benefici, partecipativi) può essere influenzata da dinamiche di potere e da conflitti valoriali che caratterizzano la produzione di conoscenza valutativa e le conclusioni e i giudizi che ne derivano.

Webinar

Transformation in Evaluators’ Roles: Reflections from CES 2017 Presenters
Online - 26th April 2017 - Free

This free webinar will share reflections from a handful of presentations from the upcoming CES 2017 Conference. These presentations share a common focus on the shifting role of the evaluator in the assessment of innovative or evolving programs that exist within complex and dynamic environments. Each presenter will provide a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer period.

UN Women Training Centre's 10th Virtual Dialogue on "Understanding Change through Training for Gender Equality"
Online - 24th April 2017 to 14th May 2017 - Free

With the proliferation of training for gender equality worldwide, it is an opportune time to take stock of the change which this form of training has achieved, the change it can reasonably aspire to achieve, and how this change can be assessed and evaluated. To discuss these issues, the UN Women Training Centre will host a Virtual Dialogue in April-May 2017 on understanding change through training for gender equality. 

Data Visualization for Decision Making in HIV Programs
Online - 27th April 2016 - Free

Join MEASURE Evaluation April 27 at 11am EDT for a webinar on data visualization for decision making in HIV programs. With the introduction and strengthening of electronic health information systems, health data have become increasingly available in digital formats. Access to data, however, is not sufficient. Data ​visualization can help would-be data users to see patterns, trends, and correlations that might otherwise go undetected. 

Blue Marble Evaluators - Webinar 2
Online - 20th April 2016 - Free

This second webinar on the Blue Marble Evaluators initiative will explore the competencies needed to evaluate complex systems change initiatives.  We will hear from Dana Mortensen, Co-Founder and Executive Director of World Savvy, on her work to understand and define global competence and explore how this framework can inform our work as evaluators.

Course

Asking the Right Questions for Program Evaluations - AEA eStudy
Online - 18th April 2017 to 27th April 2017 - Paid

Join AEA for this month’s eStudy, which introduces new evaluators to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Framework for Program Evaluation. Veteran evaluator and first Chief Evaluation Officer of the CDC, Tom Chapel, shares insights for setting focus and asking questions in a program evaluation.

SRA: Introduction to Systematic reviews
United Kingdom - 30th April 2015 - Paid

The reliability and accuracy of systematic reviews is based on a comprehensive, methodical and replicable approach to gathering and assessing literature in order to answer a specific research question. They can help to support the decisions of practitioners by combining all of the findings reported in the research literature to evaluate the efficacy of interventions in social policy. Many of the theories, methodologies and techniques have evolved within the field of health and are often associated with the work of the Cochrane Collaboration. The application of these methods to social research questions has required a reappraisal of the approach to allow for the influence of social context on particular interventions.

Advanced Program Logic / Theory of Change
Australia - 30th April 2015 to 1st May 2015 - Paid

This workshop is offered to experienced program logic/theory of change 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 workshop is for you.

Building Program Logic / Theory of Change
Australia - 28th April 2015 to 29th April 2015 - Paid

This workshop style training course introduces the program logic / theory of change concept and lays out a step by step process for creating a logic model for complex, multi-stakeholder programs. A program logic/ theory of change focuses not just on what, and how a project is trying to achieve change but also on the who will be changing. The course includes discussion of how program logic / theory of change can be used for program design and how it can be used to provide the structure for monitoring and evaluation plans.

SRA: A Masterclass in Research Ethics
United Kingdom - 23rd April 2015 - Paid

Research ethics, even in the social sciences, is a remarkably ‘fluid’ field of endeavour. New issues, problems, obstacles and review systems emerge with surprising rapidity. Partly this is due to societal change – political, moral and cultural ‘events’ challenge our moral sensibilities – and the research seeking to understand such change. In addition innovative research methods, while exciting and insightful, can raise ethics issues not considered previously. All this means that researchers, research managers and research reviewers have a range of challenges to meet if they are to keep up to date and remain ‘ethically aware’. 

Economic Evaluation for Oncology
United Kingdom - 23rd April 2015 - Paid

This training day focusses on the development of economic models specifically in the area of oncology. The sessions will include overviews of the most common methods for modelling treatments for cancer, and will pay particular attention to the areas that prove most challenging in HTA, including survival curve analysis, data extrapolation, quality of life modelling (including adverse events), handling treatment discontinuation, modelling disease progression and post-progression model assumptions. The day will draw on examples from previous HTA submissions and will provide a number of recommendations for modelling frameworks. This course will be particularly suited to those people that commission oncology models. Please note that other more ‘hands-on’ modelling courses are run by the University of York.

Technology for Monitoring and Evaluation
Online - 19th April 2015 to 14th May 2015 - Paid

How do you use technology to get insight from information? Whether you work for a small nonprofit, large government agency, or private sector firm, the demand to capture and visualize quantifiable results has never been greater. A number of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been developed to address these needs such as social media analytics tools, mapping and data visualization software, mobile data collection systems and more. Understanding the tools and best practices available for gathering information, applying it to your project challenges, and assessing the results is necessary for project success.

Understanding Searching Techniques
United Kingdom - 15th April 2015 - Paid

Literature searches are the foundation for many aspects of high quality health research and technology assessment; including systematic reviews, rapid evidence assessments and economic model development. Developing search strategies to retrieve relevant research evidence requires knowledge of database features and skills in turning the concepts embodied in a research question into a search strategy. 

SRA: Designing a qualitative study (Qualitative data collection)
United Kingdom - 5th April 2015 - Paid

If you get off on the wrong foot, it is hard to get a project back on track. This one-day intensive course aims to equip participants with a good understanding of the planning and preparation required when conducting a qualitative research project. 

Workshop

Theory of Change Workshop - Southern Hemisphere
South Africa - 11th April 2017 to 12th April 2017 - Paid

Southern Hemisphere will be offering a Theory of Change Training Workshop in Cape Town on 11 – 12 April 2017. The course is designed for people working in the development sector or Government who want to get to grips with Theory of Change.   

Development Evaluation Week - Hosted by IDEV
Ivory Coast - 5th April 2016 to 7th April 2016 - Paid

Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) has announced that it will host the Development Evaluation Week in Abidjan from April 5-7, 2016.

Workshop: Seeing is believing: Develop your data visualisation skills to communicate effectively and facilitate decision making
Australia - 21st April 2015 - Paid

Presenting results so stakeholders easily understand them is critical aspect of successful evaluations. This workshop will develop your skills to grab the attention of your stakeholders and communicate evaluation findings effectively through visualising data. You will discover the good and bad of data visualisation and learn the key principles to apply to reporting and presenting quantitative and qualitative results. The benefits of these techniques are many: results are more accessible, the meaning of complex information is clearer, and decision makers can grasp the key information more quickly.

Seminar

AES Seminar: Understanding evaluation reports and applying the findings to policy and practice (Brisbane)
Australia - 22nd April 2015 - Free

The power of evaluation is its ability to provide meaningful information for use in decisions about programs and policies. This power is diminished by both the lack of use and misuse of evaluation. Based on a survey conducted by the American Evaluation Association in 2006 it is estimated that fewer than one-third of evaluation results are used. A more serious problem however is the use of misevaluation - evaluation with flawed methodology, faulty sampling, data collection, analysis and reporting.

Other

Results Based Management (RBM) Systems

Develop an RBM system in your organisation This five-day programme will give you a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of result-based management (RBM). You will go on to learn how to develop a strategy and implementation plan for RBM in your organisation, including the promotion of a results culture.

Eight Free Training Webinars - AEA Coffee Break Webinar Series

You can learn from eight webinars produced by BetterEvaluation, in partnership with the American Evaluation Association and the assistance of Stephanie Evergreen and Susan Kistler. They are useful for evaluators and for evaluation managers.

The Stories We Tell: The Power of Narrative for Building Organisational Engagement with David Hutchens

Today, more and more organizational practitioners are asking questions about the role of story in their work. So what is organizational storytelling?

Evaluating Sustainable Development

UNICEF, the Rockefeller Foundation, Claremont Graduate University, IOCE and DevInfo, are offering a series of live webinars on “Emerging Practices in Development Evaluation”.

March

Workshop

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. 

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. 

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.

Evaluation for the Public Sector- ANZSOG Executive workshop
Australia - 22nd March 2017 to 23rd March 2017 - Paid

ANZSOG's Dr George Argyrous and Professor Patricia Rogers (Director of BetterEvaluation) will help participants 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. Robust and timely evaluations can be challenging to get right. Participants will learn to focus evaluation studies according to specific criteria such as purpose and stakeholder needs. Participants will understand how to apply program logic, how to set standards for evaluations to then assess the quality of evaluation reports. This program will be valuable for people in policy, program and service delivery roles who plan and conduct evaluations, assess the quality of evaluation reports, and manage others who conduct evaluation studies.

AES Workshop: Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks
Australia - 20th March 2017 to 21st March 2017 - Paid

This workshop follows the structure of the text book ‘Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks’ authored by Dr Ian Patrick and Anne Markiewicz. It will present a clear and staged conceptual model for the systematic development of an M&E Framework. It will examine a range of steps and techniques involved in the design and implementation of the framework; explore potential design issues and implementation barriers; cover the development of a Program Logic; the identification of key evaluation questions; the development of performance indicators; and identification of processes for data collection, on-going analysis and reflection based on data generated. The facilitator will encourage interactive peer to peer dialogue to share experiences and learning, and also draw on case studies to encourage application of knowledge and skills to evaluation contexts.

Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis for Public Engagement Evaluation
United Kingdom - 11th March 2016 - Paid

This practical workshop provides an introduction to how you can quantify open-ended survey data in a robust and consistent manner for public engagement evaluation purposes. Participants will have the opportunity to practice this skill in the workshop in small groups, including the process of assessing the reliability of your analysis approach. The event also covers some key introductory concepts in quantitative analysis of survey data using descriptive statistics.

The Role of Data and Evaluation in the Cultural and Third Sector
United Kingdom - 10th March 2016 - Paid

The cultural and third sectors are often accused of having a lack of robust data and evaluation to evidence their impact and to study public engagement. This workshop explores what types of data these sectors have, the quality of existing evaluation data and what kinds of evaluation data they still need to develop. The workshop questions the current ways of thinking about evaluation and evidence in these sectors, identifying new evaluation options and strategies which are appropriate in analysing public engagement of the cultural and third sectors.

Gentle Introduction to Quantitative Public Engagement Evaluation Using Questionnaires and Observation
United Kingdom - 9th March 2016 - Paid

This workshop presents the state of the art in collecting quantitative evaluation data, and recognising what is most appropriate for public engagement evaluation analysis. This small-scale event will include presentations on how to design good questionnaires and observation-based evaluations. It is aimed at those who feel uncertain about how to set up a quantitative evaluation for studying public engagement, or who are looking to explore their options

Using Social Media for Public Engagement Evaluation and Feedback: Analysing Quality of Public Engagement Experience Data from Tripadvisor and Twitter
United Kingdom - 8th March 2016 - Paid

Have you begun thinking about analysing social media for feedback and evaluation about your organisation and its activities? This publicly available source of data can offer great value in terms of gaining insights into the views and experiences of your customers and audiences. However, social media also bring with them specific methodological and practical issues that must be taken into account to gain accurate evaluation results. This workshop presents cutting edge knowledge about such data, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of different options. The event provides practical solutions alongside important ‘health warnings’ about the limitations of this kind of data.

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.

Complexity Thinking for Complex Evaluations
Australia - 6th March 2017 - Free

Experience tells us that our working environments are made up of constantly changing circumstances set against a backdrop of diverse – and often contrasting – stakeholder opinions and goals. This perennial reality is challenging enough without being handed down evaluation and management tools that are ill-equipped to deal with dynamic and contested worlds. The purpose of this highly interactive discussion is to first shine the light on how ill-equipped mainstream evaluation tools and techniques are, and second to explore ways to adapt the tools and techniques each of us already uses today. The main aim of the seminar is that each attendee leave with at least one concrete means of making their future evaluations more compatible with the dynamism and contestation that characterises our complex world.

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.

‘M&E on the Cutting Edge’ Conference - ‘Partnering for Success - How Monitoring and Evaluation can strengthen Partnerships for Sustainable Development’
Netherlands - 17th March 2016 to 18th March 2016 - Paid

This international conference is organised by the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen UR, and Learning by Design, in collaboration with the PPPLab. The two-day conference (17-18 March) will connect the realities of those working in practice with ideas from people who are thought leaders on Partnerships, Monitoring and Evaluation and Sustainable Development. Keynote presentations, paper presentations, workshops, panel discussions and plenary discussions will ensure a lively and thoughtful opportunity to question one’s own practice and find inspiration for new ideas. The programme includes more than 25 contributions from all over the world. 

Monitoring and Evaluation for Responsible Innovation
Netherlands - 18th March 2015 to 19th March 2015 - Paid

Expectations about evaluation are shifting away from mainly assessing goal achievement to asking if the goals themselves can be considered responsible and how can we become more aware and critical of unexpected effects.

IV Conferencia ReLAC
Peru - 10th March 2015 to 12th March 2015 - Paid

La organización y desarrollo de la Conferencia está a cargo de la ReLAC y las redes nacionales que la conforman. Conjuntamente la Red Peruana de Evaluación (EvalPerú) compartirá responsabilidades en la organización de la Conferencia con la Diplomatura de Especialización de Seguimiento y Evaluación de Programas y Proyectos Sociales de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Con esta participación, EvalPerú tendrá la feliz oportunidad de estar en dos momentos significativos en la vida de la ReLAC como es la formación de la misma en Lima y la celebración de los primeros diez años de su existencia en la misma ciudad.

UNEG Evaluation Week
United States - 8th March 2015 to 12th March 2015 - Paid

United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG)

IAPE 13th Annual Conference on Advocacy for Evaluation
Israel - 1st March 2015 - Paid

The Israeli Association for Program Evaluation (IAPE) Contact person: Dr. Barbara Rosenstein rosensteinbarbara@gmail.com

Course

Managing for sustainable development impact course 2017
Netherlands - 20th March 2017 to 7th April 2017 - Paid

The Centre for Development Innovation's course, Managing for sustainable development impact course 2017, will link the theory and concepts of the Managing for Impact (M4I) approach and put M&E at the service of your core management processes. Learning will be highly interactive; participants will receive individual coaching by peers and course facilitators and will be challenged to translate the content to an approach that is appropriate and feasible back home.

Short Course on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning about policy influence: how to get some certainty amidst all the complexity
Online - 16th March 2017 to 13th April 2017 - Paid

This is an online course offered by the On Think Tanks School, targeted to individuals and members of think tanks and other policy research organisations who are looking for viable and innovative ways to assess how their own research influences policymaking.

Qualitative research design
United Kingdom - 25th March 2015 to 26th March 2015 - Paid

Learn everything you need to design insightful qualitative research projects. Drawing on our extensive experience of conducting applied qualitative research this two day course will equip you with a clear understanding of the principles and practice of high quality, rigorous research design for qualitative studies.  The course will be delivered through a mixture of taught sessions and practical exercises by experienced qualitative researchers from across NatCen.

SRA: Consultancy skills for social researchers
United Kingdom - 24th March 2015 - Paid

This one day workshop will give social researchers practical insight into management and process consultancy tools and techniques. The aim is to equip participants with a further dimension to their research skills, recognising that many social research projects either include a consulting element or would benefit from consulting capability – at inception, execution or dissemination stages.

Advocacy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
United Kingdom - 24th March 2015 to 26th March 2015 - Paid

Building on INTRAC’s extensive experience in both monitoring and evaluating (M&E) and in advocacy, this course will support practitioners with how to ensure M&E is integrated into both planning advocacy initiatives and feeding into organisational learning and accountability. The course will focus on a variety of practical ways to meet the challenges of advocacy M&E. The course content draws on real-life case studies from our work in supporting organisations to develop advocacy strategies and from carrying out evaluations of advocacy initiatives. It deals with the challenge of how to assess contribution to change. Finally, it provides a series of practical tools which can help participants to develop and improve the advocacy M&E systems, in accordance with their organisation’s capacity and needs.

SRA: Introduction to ethnographic methods (Qualitative data collection)
United Kingdom - 22nd March 2015 - Paid

Ethnography is being widely used for diverse problems, in creative ways that respond to social and technological developments. However, it is usually long-term and heavily involved, requiring considerable commitment from the researcher. This course will consider how ethnographic methods, especially participant observation and building longer-term relationships with respondents based on trust and rapport, can contribute to a study without the need for a full ethnography. The course will introduce participants to the principles and practicalities of ethnography and then introduce ways in which a ‘bit of ethnography’ can enhance qualitative interviewing.

SRA: Research and Evaluation with children and young people
United Kingdom - 18th March 2015 - Paid

In recent years there have been theoretical and methodological shifts amongst many social researchers from seeing children and young people solely as objects of enquiry, towards a view that children and young people are social actors with a unique perspective and insight into their own reality. This course will provide an overview of key issues and considerations in relation to research and evaluation with children and young people and enable researchers to reflect on their own experiences and plans for research in this area. The course will include presentations and practical examples from the facilitators’ extensive experience in the field, alongside opportunities for participants to share ideas, explore different approaches and reflect on their own practice through various activities, case examples and group discussions.

SRA: Introduction to evaluation
United Kingdom - 17th March 2015 - Paid

Over the years the discipline of evaluation has evolved and developed and is applied to many policies and practices. It forms the core of many strategic planning processes and informs decision making surrounding the development and operation of both projects and programmes of activity. As a result, a range of people in the public, private and voluntary sectors are increasingly required to develop generic skills and competencies in relation to undertaking evaluation and using its findings.

Comprehensive Learning Based Monitoring and Evaluation
Australia - 15th March 2015 to 19th March 2015 - Paid

This popular training program is Clear Horizon’s blue ribbon offering. It is our most extensive and comprehensive training. It is facilitated by our Managing Director, Dr Jess Dart along with guest presentations from other specialists. The material is updated annually with new trends and fresh learnings from the literature and our practice. It is without doubt an intense (but practical) course that takes you through all the twists and turns of doing M&E today.

Theory of Change for Planning and Impact Assessment
United Kingdom - 15th March 2015 to 19th March 2015 - Paid

Interest in developing and using Theories of Change both for planning and assessing impact has grown rapidly over the last few years. Theories of Change can be set at different levels and are being used in a number of ways. At one end of the scale, they are pulled together by one person to support a programme proposal or a specific donor demand. At the other end, they are facilitated over a period of several months and include wide consultation with staff, partners and beneficiaries, and are used to inform strategy at all levels. As Theories of Change focus specifically on sequences of change for different target groups, they provide a clear and robust framework for monitoring and assessing the impact of our development efforts.

e-Learning Course on Advocating for Evaluation
Online - 12th March 2015 to 30th December 2015 - Free

By the end of this course, you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge of Advocating for Evaluation concepts and practices. The course is composed of 8 units. Participants are required to complete all units and accompanying tests to be able to print out the certificate.

Introduction to Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs)
United Kingdom - 11th March 2015 - Paid

Patient-reported outcomes (PRO) are increasingly being used in clinical trials and research to capture patients’ experiences of interventions. PROs may provide critical information about symptoms, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and the impact of treatments from the patients’ perspective. Recent regulatory guidelines from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have placed a greater emphasis of recording patient-reported outcomes through robust instruments.

Social Justice Amidst Standards and Accountability: The Challenge for Evaluation
United States - 8th March 2015 to 12th March 2015 - Paid

One- and two-day workshops will be held March 9-10, 2015. Geared for new evaluators, accidental evaluators, professional evaluators, and students. 

Advanced Monitoring and Evaluation
United Kingdom - 8th March 2015 to 12th March 2015 - Paid

This course builds on participants’ understanding and skills of how to develop sustainable and cost effective monitoring and evaluation processes and practices within their own projects and organisations. It is also relevant for those trying to improve and enhance current M&E processes, or supporting partners to develop and implement effective M&E. The focus is on ensuring M&E contributes towards improving organisational learning and accountability.

Use of Evidence Blended Learning
Online - 3rd March 2015 to 25th March 2015 - Paid

Do you lack confidence using evidence in your work? Do you face external or internal pressure to justify the evidence that you produce? In response to growing demand for support to practitioners, this course will help you to respond to evidence debates and challenges. In this course you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of evidence. With a practical focus, you will learn the skills to identify sources of evidence, assess the quality of evidence, and integrate the use of evidence into your work for specific purposes, so that it is of high quality and can be used with confidence.

Questionnaire design
United Kingdom - 3rd March 2015 to 4th March 2015 - Paid

NatCen survey researchers are responsible for some of the leading surveys in the UK including British Social Attitudes and the English Health Survey. On this two day course our questionnaire design experts will give you a thorough grounding in questionnaire design. The course will be highly participatory, with sessions aimed at providing hands-on experience of designing questionnaires and survey questions, for quantitative social research. 

Webinar

How do we know if a program made a difference? #1 Fundamentals of Program Impact Evaluation
Online - 31st March 2016 - Free

The USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation project will host a series of webinar discussions of the popular MEASURE Evaluation manual, How Do We Know If a Program Made a Difference? A Guide to Statistical Methods for Program Impact Evaluation (Lance P, Guilkey D, Hattori A, Angeles G, 2014). Each webinar in the series will review key topics from a chapter through verbal discussion and graphical presentation. The webinar series will enable participants to understand the resources offered in the manual, a learning tool for use of methods to estimate program impact. The series will also provide stand-alone training tools for the topics covered. MEASURE Evaluation’s goal with these webinars is to provide a highly interactive learning opportunity to participants (please: ask questions!).  

Blue Marble Evaluators
Online - 16th March 2016 - Free

Join this webinar to learn more about this new evaluation initiative.  We'll hear from Michael Quinn Patton about the inspiration for Blue Marble Evaluators, what this project is, why it's important and describe the core principles for global systems change evaluation.  

Webinar: Storytelling, Participatory Media, & Public Health & Human Rights
Online - 9th March 2016 - Free

Please join StoryCenter for a free one-hour webinar, "Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Public Health and Human Rights". For the past 10 years, Silence Speaks has been exploring how StoryCenter's methods can be adapted to support international public health and human rights promotion. The webinar includes an overview of the theory behind this work, a glimpse of current projects focused on sexual and reproductive health and women's rights, and an introduction to the ethical considerations practitioners and advocates must address ! in designing impactful storytelling and participatory media efforts.

7 ways to make your advocacy, lobbying and policy-influencing work more visible using monitoring and evaluation
Online - 11th March 2015 - Free

Gavin Stedman-Bryce has a special interest in evaluating advocacy, lobbying and policy-influencing work. In this free 30 minute coffee break webinar, he will share with you 7 ways in which you can use monitoring and evaluation to make your influencing work more visible. This webinar will last for 30 minutes with the opportunity to ask questions via Facebook after.

E-learning

Analysing open-ended survey questions using MAXQDA
Online - 17th March 2015 - Paid

This webinar will show you how to import the text responses to open-ended questions asked in a web survey into a MAXQDA project along with key variable data from the survey. Then it will go on, using a mixture of deductive and inductive approaches, to identify and code the responses to each question extensively and efficiently. The coding frequencies can then be used in conjunction with the survey variables to conduct a quantitative analysis of the data, whilst remaining in contact with the underlying texts and the language used by the respondents, to reveal more subtle patterns of meaning beyond basic statements in the form “X% of respondents mentioned Y”. 

Evaluating Humanitarian Action
Online - 1st March 2015 - Free

ALNAP and UNICEF, in collaboration with EvalPartners and UNEG, are pleased to announce the launch of an introductory e-learning course on Evaluating Humanitarian Action (EHA). Expanding on the ALNAP Pilot Guide on ‘Evaluating Humanitarian Action’, this e-learning is the first of its kind. This course offers an overview of evaluation practice in humanitarian contexts, and features concrete guidance, tips and insights from experienced practitioners.

Other

International course on Managing for Impact (fellowships opportunity)

An integrated approach to participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation Most development initiatives take place in highly dynamic contexts: a diversity of people is involved and change processes are complex and uncertain. Guiding your development initiative towards impact means facing the challenges of this ever-changing context.

Learn how you can help your organization connect strategy and evaluation

Who should attend? Foundation and nonprofit senior leaders and practitioners interested in learning more about evaluation and learning activities. Featured panelists: Medina Haeri, Oak Foundation Rebekah Levin, Robert R.

Workshop: Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks (Melbourne 2014)
Australia - 26th March 2014

Date and Time: Thursday 3 and Friday 4 April 2014, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration from 8:30 am) Location: Metropole Conference Centre, 44 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Topic: Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks Presenter: Anne Markiewicz

Monitoring and Evaluation (Foundation)

M&E is an essential component of international NGOs, NGOs and civil society organisations striving to continually improve their work and have greater accountability. Given the high demand in the sector, this foundation course is designed to develop individuals’ understanding of what M&E entails, why it is so vital, and how to do it well and in a participatory way.

Advanced Partner Capacity Building

International development and civil society organisations have been working to support the capacity development of their partners in a variety of ways. Some have chosen to develop specific partner capacity building programmes, whilst others are integrating this support into their on-going sector or thematic programmes.

Advanced Monitoring and Evaluation
United Kingdom - 2nd March 2014 to 6th March 2014

This course builds on participants’ understanding and skills of how to develop sustainable and cost effective monitoring and evaluation processes and practices within their own projects and organisations. It is also relevant for those trying to improve and enhance current M&E processes, or supporting partners to develop and implement effective M&E.

Evaluating Innovation

UNICEF, the Rockefeller Foundation, Claremont Graduate University, IOCE and DevInfo, are offering a series of live webinars on “Emerging Practices in Development Evaluation”.March 2011 Evaluating Innovation Steve Rochlin, Director and U.S. Representative for AccountAbilit

February

Workshop

Influencing Human Behaviour: Solutions for public policy
Australia - 23rd February 2017 to 24th February 2017 - Paid

BehaviourWorks Australia team Dr Liam Smith and Mark Boulet will give participants the opportunity to apply new knowledge, skills and tools to their current projects and programs. 

AES Workshop: Qualitative inquiry for evaluation and accountability reporting
Australia - 20th February 2017 to 21st February 2017 - Paid

The aim of the workshop is to support the implementation of the enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework through an appreciation of the value of qualitative inquiry for evaluation and accountability reporting and the distinctive nature of the insights it reveals. Reporting for accountability is a key object of the PGPA Act 2013 and the enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework. The Department of Finance Resource Management Guide No. 131, Developing good performance information (RMG.131) argues that Government entities should be able to tell a cohesive performance story using a mix of quantitative and qualitative information. When done well, qualitative inquiry provides rich data that allow managers to develop a compelling and descriptive story about the strengths and weaknesses of projects, programs and initiatives.

AES Workshop: Introduction to Program Logic
Australia - 6th February 2017 - Paid

Program logic is a simplified model of expected cause-and-effect relationships between activities, immediate changes, intermediate outcomes and final outcomes. This workshop introduces the program logic concept and lays out a step by step process for creating a logic model. The workshop concludes with an overview of how this logic model can be used for program design and to be the spine of a monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement framework.

E-learning

Analytics and Data Driven Decision Making
Online - 15th February 2017 - Free

In this free webinar, Dan Meyer, author of Putting your Data to Work and The Fundamentals of Business Analytics, will apply corporate practices of using business analytics to optimize Big Data to the field of evaluation. For more information on Dan Meyer and his work, see The Analytics of Measurement and Evaluation.

Monitoring and Evaluation Blended Learning
Online - 22nd February 2015 to 13th April 2015 - Paid

This programme is delivered remotely via webinar and Skype and has three parts. 23-26 February 2015 (part one); week of 23 March 2015 (part two); and 14 April 2015 Do you need to build effective monitoring and evaluation into project and programme work for both accountability and learning? This programme will strengthen your skills in supporting the monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes from programme design through to evaluation. M&E is an essential component of international NGOs, NGOs and civil society organisations striving to continually improve their work and have greater accountability. Given the high demand in the sector, this foundation programme is designed to develop you understand what M&E entails, why it is so vital, and how to do it well and in a participatory way. This programme ensures that those who are new to M&E have a thorough understanding of M&E concepts and have built up the practical skills and the confidence needed to do M&E effectively. You will learn to use a range of M&E tools and activities that will help you improve accountability, learning and effectiveness of projects and programmes.

Course

Online Monitoring and Evaluation
Online - 6th February 2017 to 13th March 2017 - Paid

This updated course by INTRAC is aimed at those who are new to monitoring and evaluation. It aims to provide a thorough understanding of M&E concepts to build practical skills and confidence needed to do M&E effectively. The training will share examples of M&E approaches and tools for different types of interventions and contexts.

Depth interviewing skills
United Kingdom - 25th February 2015 to 26th February 2015 - Paid

NatCen has an unparalled reputation for qualitative research. This course is designed to provide you with understanding and experience of the skills and techniques involved in conducting qualitative interviews to a high standard.  The course will be delivered through a mixture of taught and practical sessions by qualitative researchers who have extensive experience of conducting in-depth interviews for qualitative studies.

Gender Analysis and Planning
United Kingdom - 17th February 2015 to 19th February 2015 - Paid

Development planners and NGOs are increasingly committed to incorporating a gender perspective into their programmes. However, many face challenges in its practical and systematic application to their work. This course will enable you to effectively and systematically analyse contexts and plan development and humanitarian programmes from a gender equality perspective.

Introduction to Framework in Nvivo
United Kingdom - 11th February 2015 - Paid

Our popular hands-on Framework in NVivo workshop introduces you to the key features of the Framework matrices function in NVivo. The workshop takes you through the process of setting up your matrices and is delivered in series of practical demonstrations and exercises. You will see the process through of using the software for data management, starting with project set up through to producing matrix displays of managed data.

Project Cycle Management
United Kingdom - 10th February 2015 to 12th February 2015 - Paid

This course has been designed to equip project managers with the necessary understanding and skills to manage all five stages of the project management cycle including defining, planning, organising, managing and finishing projects. It builds up a clear body of theory, understanding and skills for each stage so that by the end of the course, participants have a clear competence across all stages of the cycle.

The analysis of qualitative data
United Kingdom - 9th February 2015 to 10th February 2015 - Paid

This two day course is one of our most popular courses and is regularly oversubscribed.  Over the two days we'll equip you with a clear understanding of the principles and practice of high quality, rigorous qualitative data analysis.  We'll also introduce ‘FrameWork’ an approach to qualitative data management developed at NatCen. 

Webinar

AEA Coffee Break Demonstration: Integrative Propositional Analysis - A More Rigorous, Transparent Way to Structure Program Models
Online - 18th February 2016 - Paid

Integrative Propositional Analysis (IPA) is a new easier, rigorous, transparent way to create, evaluate, and improve our program models. Unlike other methods, it provides a way to quantitatively assess and compare models based on their internal logic-structures. Here, we begin with a brief description of the supporting research stream, then demonstrate how to use IPA to benefit evaluation planning. A key learning is the improved ability to communicate evaluation findings to support program development and success.

eStudy 054: Reporting Alternatives for Evaluators
Online - 24th February 2015 - Paid

Reporting is an important skill for evaluators who care about seeing their results implemented and disseminated widely, but there are alternatives to the traditional lengthy report. This interactive webinar will present an overview of four key principles for effective reporting and engage participants in a discussion of its role in effective evaluation. Participants will leave with an expanded repertoire of innovative alternatives to the traditional report along with selected tips and techniques.

CFD 203: Aligning Evaluation Data Collections Practices with Qualitative Data Analysis Software
Online - 18th February 2015 - Free

AEA Coffee Break Series - Qualitative data analysis software (QDAS) is an increasingly popular tool for managing and analyzing data in evaluation research including data from focus groups and interviews, program background documents, and other qualitative data sources. In this Coffee Break, the presenters will discuss how to design evaluation data collection tools and train data collection teams to get the most benefit from qualitative software.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Planning for Programs/Projects
Online - 16th February 2015 - Paid

This AEA eStudy introduces six key planning steps for a successful monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system. This 6-step approach guides programming at the community, regional, and national levels. Learn how to review the initial needs assessment and program project design that informs the M&E planning, as well as the other stages of the project/program cycle and planning and their corresponding M&E activities (events).

AEA eStudy 053: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Planning for Programs/Projects
Online - 16th February 2015 to 25th February 2015 - Paid

Presented by Scott Chaplowe, this eStudy introduces six key planning steps for a successful monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system: 1) Identify the purpose and scope of the M&E system; 2) Plan for data collection and management; 3) Plan for data analysis; 4) Plan for information reporting and utilization; 5) Plan for M&E human resources and capacity building; 6) Prepare the M&E budget.  This 6-step approach has been designed to guide programming at the community, regional and national levels. While informed by international programs/projects, it is also very appropriate for domestic (US) programs and projects – wherever M&E is needed for reliable and useful information and reporting to inform for program management and uphold performance accountability.

CFB 202: Introducing PowerPivot for Data Analysis
Online - 11th February 2015 - Free

AEA Coffee Break Series - Learn how to analyze large data sets and combine data from different sources with Power Pivot, a part of Microsoft Excel’s business intelligence tools. In this Coffee Break, Lisa Holliday will show you how to use Power Pivot to combine multiple worksheets into 1 pivot table.

CFB 204: Collecting data in another city, state or country? Three strategies to make your life easier
Online - 11th February 2015 - Free

AEA Coffee Break Series - At Evaluation 2014, we heard from colleagues from around the world who asked: How do you ensure the quality of data collection from afar? Among its many large evaluation projects, The Improve Group has gathered data across multiple counties, within a single state, over several states, and in several countries. This experience has led to several insights about the information and preparation needed to create a positive process and high quality data.

Advocacy and Policy Influencing Blended Learning (Feb - March 2015)
Online - 1st February 2015 to 23rd March 2015 - Paid

This programme is delivered remotely via webinar and Skype and has three parts.  2-5 February 2015 (part one); week of 2 March 2015 (part two); and 24 March 2015 (part three)  Is developing and implementing an advocacy strategy critical to success in your project or programme? Do your staff and partners need support to achieve your advocacy objectives? In this capacity building programme, you will have the opportunity to develop and troubleshoot the implementation of an advocacy strategy as well as build your knowledge and confidence. This programme will give you the knowledge and skills to influence policy and practice in your own context. You will learn skills to help you plan and deliver an effective advocacy strategy; enhance your ability to lobby decision makers; and gain confidence in the ways in which you relate to different audiences. You will also have the skills to analyse power dynamics and choose your advocacy activities so they have maximum impact.

Conference

EvalMENA General Assembly
Egypt - 22nd February 2015 to 25th February 2015 - Paid

Contact person: Ziad Moussa ziadmoussa@yahoo.com

1ERE Journées Ivoiriennes de l’Evaluation (JiE 2015)
Ivory Coast - 8th February 2015 to 9th February 2015 - Paid

Le thème principal: L’evaluation au Coeur des enjeux de l’emergence Contact person: Mamadou Coulibaly madculy@yahoo.fr

Other

Theory of Change Approaches to Planning and Impact Assessment - February 2014
United Kingdom - 16th February 2014 to 18th February 2014

There has been an increased interest in Theories of Change (ToCs) in the development sector. Some donors now require organisations to provide ToCs to accompany their proposals.

NEW Monitoring and Evaluation Blended Learning

Do you need to build effective monitoring and evaluation into project and programme work for both accountability and learning? This programme will strengthen attendees’ skills in supporting the monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes from programme design through to evaluation.

Evaluating Organizational Performance

UNICEF, the Rockefeller Foundation, Claremont Graduate University, IOCE and DevInfo, are offering a series of live webinars on “Emerging Practices in Development Evaluation”.February 2011 Evaluating Organizational Performance Charles Lusthaus, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Universalia Management Group; and Associate Professor, McGill University

January

E-learning

Effective and Creative Evaluation Report Writing
Online - 31st January 2017 to 31st December 2017 - 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.

Course

Advanced Monitoring and Evaluation
United Kingdom - 30th January 2017 to 3rd February 2017 - Paid

This 5 day course is aimed at those with experience of monitoring and evaluation and will build upon prior knowledge and experience to address complex M&E challenges. The training will develop your skills and understanding of M&E and will provide a blend of practical examples, case studies and opportunities to share ideas and experiences with practitioners on the course.

Designing Effective Ways to Evaluate Impact
United Kingdom - 16th January 2017 to 20th January 2017 - Paid

This five day course tackles an emerging problem in development evaluation: how to ensure that we have the right mix of methods to provide relevant and credible impact evidence. In order to do this, we need to achieve a better understanding of the potential contribution of various evaluation designs and methods, and create the space for thinking this through and incorporating it into our practice.

Using Participatory Action Research to Improve Development Practice
United Kingdom - 25th January 2016 to 29th January 2016 - Paid

Participatory action research (PAR) is a way of engaging people living in poverty as agents of change. It is of particular importance to development practitioners today, as it can help ensure their work is relevant, appropriate and inclusive. Running over five days, this new course is designed to develop participants' understanding and skills in the theory and practice of PAR as well as provide them with the conceptual and practical tools to design PAR in their own organisation and with their partners.  The course will be participatory and applied, comprising interactive sessions which blend theoretical and conceptual learning with experiential learning and sharing.  By the end of the course all participants will have designed a PAR process to address a key issue relating to their organisational and/or their own professional practice.

Webinar

Evaluating SDGs with an Equity-Focused and Gender Responsive Lens - Multi-stakeholder e-consultation
Online - 21st January 2016 - Free

Following the approval of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN General Assembly, EvalGender+, United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of UN Women have the pleasure to invite you to an online consultation to provide guidance to strengthen evaluation systems to assess SDGs with an equity-focused and gender-responsive lens.

Practical Evaluation: An Overview and Introduction for Those New to Evaluation
Online - 15th January 2015 - Paid

This course is an introduction to the major steps in designing and conducting a program evaluation. Using CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation, the course will emphasize the central importance of setting the right evaluation focus and asking the right evaluation questions. And how engaging stakeholders and a strong program description help ensure that the focus and questions are the best ones. The last session will show how those early decisions make it easier to identify  the most appropriate data collection methods and sources, choose the right ways to analyze data, and ensure that findings are reported in ways that will maximize the use of findings for program improvement.  Students will work on a variety of case examples to help reinforce teaching points.

Practical Evaluation: An Overview and Introduction for Those New to Evaluation
Online - 15th January 2015 - Paid

This course is an introduction to the major steps in designing and conducting a program evaluation. Using CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation, the course will emphasize the central importance of setting the right evaluation focus and asking the right evaluation questions. And how engaging stakeholders and a strong program description help ensure that the focus and questions are the best ones. The last session will show how those early decisions make it easier to identify  the most appropriate data collection methods and sources, choose the right ways to analyze data, and ensure that findings are reported in ways that will maximize the use of findings for program improvement.  Students will work on a variety of case examples to help reinforce teaching points.

Practical Evaluation: An Overview and Introduction for Those New to Evaluation
Online - 15th January 2015 - Paid

This course is an introduction to the major steps in designing and conducting a program evaluation. Using CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation, the course will emphasize the central importance of setting the right evaluation focus and asking the right evaluation questions. And how engaging stakeholders and a strong program description help ensure that the focus and questions are the best ones. The last session will show how those early decisions make it easier to identify  the most appropriate data collection methods and sources, choose the right ways to analyze data, and ensure that findings are reported in ways that will maximize the use of findings for program improvement.  Students will work on a variety of case examples to help reinforce teaching points.

CMF/JCP Grantmaking Series: Linking Strategy, Evaluation and Grants Management
Online - 19th January 2015 - Paid

Part of the CMF-JCP Grantmaking Series, this webinar focuses on building techniques for evaluating strategy implementation and outcomes, and explores what information is needed from and about grantees to inform your strategy.

Practical Evaluation: An Overview and Introduction for Those New to Evaluation
Online - 15th January 2015 - Paid

This course is an introduction to the major steps in designing and conducting a program evaluation. Using CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation, the course will emphasize the central importance of setting the right evaluation focus and asking the right evaluation questions. And how engaging stakeholders and a strong program description help ensure that the focus and questions are the best ones. The last session will show how those early decisions make it easier to identify  the most appropriate data collection methods and sources, choose the right ways to analyze data, and ensure that findings are reported in ways that will maximize the use of findings for program improvement.  Students will work on a variety of case examples to help reinforce teaching points.

Workshop

How to Do Quantitative Evaluation from Start to Finish: Assessing Quality of Experience and Impact
Portugal - 19th January 2016 to 23rd January 2016 - Paid

This 5-day intensive face-to-face course gives participants a firm grounding in how best to conduct quantitative evaluations. Drawing on state-of-the-art methods, the course will be led by an internationally known expert in quantitative evaluation: Dr Eric Jensen (University of Warwick). The course is relevant to university students, those in formal education, informal learning practitioners, those working in universities, museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums, parks, government, NGOs/non-profits and others who conduct, commission or manage quantitative evaluations of social, cultural or learning initiatives, campaigns or activities. 

Participatory Action Research and Evaluation: A hands-on learning event
Canada - 14th January 2015 to 16th January 2015 - Paid

This three-day workshop in Ottawa (Canada) engages people in hands-on learning and practice using concepts and flexible PAR tools developed and tested by the instructors in settings around the world.

Conference

India Evaluation Week
India - 18th January 2015 to 22nd January 2015 - Free

IAMR would like to kick off the New Year with a week full of learning, sharing and exchange of knowledge in the area of M&E. India although is very much concerned about the transparent system of monitoring as well as evaluating projects and programmes for their ultimate impact on the people and communities, the Country is yet to adopt a formal policy on Evaluation. There is a need to develop evaluation culture in the Country by involving not only the government but also the academia, the students, not-for profit (NGO) sector, the community as a whole. The event aims at bringing visibility to evaluations and a sense of develop professionalism among evaluation community.In addition to this, the event will aim to demystify and popularize(increase acceptance) evaluation among various stakeholders.   The event will address a number of current issues and bring out specific plan of action not only for India but for other countries as well. 

1ere Journées Ivoiriennes de l’Evaluation
Ivory Coast - 11th January 2015 to 13th January 2015 - Paid

Le thème principal: L’evaluation au Coeur des enjeux de l’emergence

Other

Advocacy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

Building on INTRAC’s extensive experience in both monitoring and evaluating (M&E) and in advocacy, this course will support practitioners with how to ensure M&E is integrated into both planning advocacy initiatives and feeding into organisational learning and accountability.

Participatory Proposal Development

This course has been designed to equip project staff with the necessary understanding and skills to use the components of the project cycle to develop a project proposal in a participatory way. This includes defining, planning and appraising the project and developing a proposal with a strong budget.

January 13-15, 2011: GDN 12th Annual Global Development Conference
Colombia - 13th January 2011 to 14th January 2011

The Global Development Network is very pleased to announce its 12th Annual Global Development Conference which will be held on January 13-15, 2011 in Bogotá, Colombia. The Universidad de los Andes will host the conference and will also be GDN’s local partner The central theme of the conference is “Financing Development in a Post-Crisis World: The Need for a Fresh Look.”

New Years Day

New Years Day holiday

Evaluating Capacity Development

UNICEF, the Rockefeller Foundation, Claremont Graduate University, IOCE and DevInfo, are offering a series of live webinars on “Emerging Practices in Development Evaluation”.January 2011 Evaluating Capacity Development Peter Morgan, Independent Consultant

December

Webinar

Webinar: Understanding Open Source GIS
Online - 9th December 2016 - Free

In this webinar, Professor Andrew Lovett will discuss developments in open source GIS, in particular reviewing data and software sources. It will include a demonstration of the QGIS software, an increasingly popular GIS software solution.

The Retrospective Pretest Method for Evaluating Training [Updated - this event is open again]
Online - 16th December 2015 - Free

The retrospective pretest method for evaluating professional development activities requires participants to rate their knowledge and abilities before and after a training activity. Participants answer pre- and post-test questions at the end of the training only, rather than at the beginning and the end. This method is an efficient and informative option to evaluate training outcomes and quality and provides a sound and consistent measure of participant growth that can be used to compare training activities at a single event or over time. Adult learners tend to be more accepting of this assessment method than traditional knowledge tests, and the threat of response-shift bias associated with the traditional pre-post method is reduced.

An Executive Summary is Not Enough: Reporting Alternatives for Evaluators
Online - 10th December 2014 to 11th December 2014 - Paid

Traditional evaluation reports often end up on the shelves of many decision-makers collecting dust.  Reporting is an important skill for evaluators who care about seeing their results and recommendations actually implemented.  In this webinar learn how to turn your findings into something more useful and meaningful that calls people to action.

Seminar

Mobilising Media for Sustainable Outcomes in the Pacific - Symposium
Australia - 8th December 2016 - Free

 RMIT University and ABC International Development showcase the research and launch resources resulting from a four year partnership exploring media, communication, technology and social change in the Pacific Island Region. This includes the launch of the IDEAS Guide and IDEAS Facilitators’ Guide, an entry level, practitioner-focused guide to designing and evaluating innovative media and communication projects.  

Evaluation 2.0: The digital future of evaluation
United Kingdom - 11th December 2015 - Paid

The UKES London/South-East Regional Network is organising a special event about the future of evaluation.

Course

Outcome Mapping Technical Courses 2016
Belgium - 5th December 2016 to 7th December 2016 - Paid

The Outcome Mapping Technical Courses 2016 offer workshops for people who are brand new to OM as well as those who wish to refine and dig deeper into their OM knowledge and skills.

MEASURE Evaluation online courses
Online - 31st December 2014 to 30th December 2015 - Free

MEASURE Evaluation makes free online courses on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) topics available for researchers, program managers, trainers, policy makers, students, and other public health professionals. These courses have been developed by global experts in order to provide state-of-the-art information on M&E topics.

E-learning

Cutting-Edge Monitoring & Evaluation: A Guide for Practitioners – Open Online Course
Online - 1st December 2016 to 31st December 2017 - 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.

Conference

Social Policy and Individualised Rights - CASR Symposium
Australia - 4th December 2015 - Paid

Not easily pinned down, the concept of individualisation is one that shifts in meaning between different social policy sectors and processes. However, recent practices and policy trends indicate a rising focus on individual agency, rights and responsibilities, and users’ capacity to make choices about services and support. This symposium seeks to ask what the underlying assumptions of individualisation are; whether individualisation is broadly applicable; whether it is shaped differently in different areas of social policy and service delivery; how individualisation aligns with current policy intentions; and what the implications of an increased focus on individualisation within social policy might be? The symposium will address issues in the areas of aged care, housing, disability services, children and families, and active labour markets. Presenters will draw on recent case studies and research to tease out the complexities of this shifting landscape.

Other

Reporting Qualitative Data
United Kingdom - 6th December 2011

This one day course is designed to provide researchers with core skills in writing reports based on analysis of qualitative data. It will focus on the techniques needed to display qualitative evidence effectively in both stand-alone qualitative and integrated mixed option reports.

Managing Challenging Interviews
United Kingdom - 1st December 2011

This one day course is designed to explore the key issues in planning for and conducting qualitative interviews with vulnerable populations. As well as providing insight from the trainers' own experiences, the course aims to offer a forum where participants can discuss their studies and reflect on these issues away from the hectic day-to-day experience of carrying out applied research.

New Years Eve
United States - 31st December 2010

A sample event.New Years Eve countdown!