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Theme

  • Feminist evaluation (FE) emphasizes participatory, empowering, and social justice agendas.
  • Sustained and emerging impact evaluation (SEIE) evaluates the enduring results of an intervention some time after it has ended, or after a long period of implementation
  • An assessment of the extent to which an intervention can be evaluated in a reliable and credible fashion.
  • An impact evaluation provides information about the observed changes or 'impacts' produced by an intervention. These observed changes can be positive and negative, intended and unintended, direct and indirect.

Method

  • Stephen Few defines a dashboard as: "A data dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives, with the data consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the informa
  • Self-assessment is an individual reflection on one's skills, knowledge and attitudes related to evaluation competencies.
  • Peer learning refers to a practitioner-to-practitioner approach in which the transfer of tacit knowledge is particularly important (Andrews and Manning 2016).
  • Expert advice provides advice in response to specific queries. It might include a process to clarify and reframe the question that is being asked.
  • An internship is a paid or unpaid entry-level position that provides work experience and some professional development.
  • Evaluation associations can leverage their membership to engage in knowledge construction through research and development.
  • An expectation that members of an association or organisation will engage in ongoing competency development.
  • Fellow is a category of membership of an association or society, often awarded to an individual based on their contributions to evaluation.
  • As part of its public advocacy role, a professional association can provide potential clients with information about engaging with evaluators effectively.
  • For evaluation to be truly useful it needs to engage in public discussions about relevant issues.
  • Peer assessment can provide additional benefits beyond self-assessment – in particular, the opportunity for peer learning through the review process.
  • Data mining is the systematic process of discovering patterns in data sets through the use of computer algorithms.
  • Dialogues refer to a range of learning conversations that go beyond knowledge transfer to include knowledge articulation and translation.
  • Viewing learning materials, such as previously recorded webinars, at your own pace.
  • Expert review involves an identified expert providing a review of draft documents at specified stages of a process and/or planned processes.
  • Learning partnerships involve structured processes over several years to support learning between a defined number of organisations working on similar programs, usually facilitated by a third party organisation.
  • A distinct occupational category or role title recognised at a national or organisational level.
  • An award is a formal recognition by peers of outstanding individuals or practice. Some awards are made for cumulative good practice, and others are for exemplars of good practice, such as awards for the best evaluation.
  • An important part of evaluation capacity strengthening is providing a clear definition or explanation of evaluation in online and printed materials.
  • For evaluation to be truly useful it needs to be embedded in organisational processes.
  • Associations from different but related sectors and fields can be good places to find useful events and training, network connections, and ideas.