In our recent blog post about using theories of change and logic models better in evaluation, we asked BetterEvaluation members to submit a question or challenge that they have in relation to creating or using theory of change for review by the BetterEvaluation team. One member asked us for advice on using a theory of change for systems change which we are very happy to share below:
Patricia Rogers's blog
Many evaluations include a process of developing logic models and theories of change – an explanation of how the activities of a program, project, policy, network or event are expected to contribute to particular results in the short-term and longer-term. They have been used for many years - versions can be seen in Carol Weiss’ 1972 book "Evaluation research: methods for assessing program effectiveness" - and they have been mainstreamed in many organisations as an essential component of plan
Adaptive management is usually understood to refer to an iterative process of reviewing and making changes to programmes and projects throughout implementation. Commonly associated with environment and resource management, it's becoming more common in other areas of program management and development. Over the next few weeks, we'll be focusing on the increasing interest in how monitoring and evaluation can support adaptive management.
All too often conferences fail to make good use of the experience and knowledge of people attending, with most time spent presenting prepared material that could be better delivered other ways, and not enough time spent on discussions and active learning. With closing dates for two evaluation conferences fast approaching (the Australasian Evaluation Society and the American Evaluation Association), could you propose something more useful, that would demonstrate how much we know and care about communicating and using information?
As with any field of endeavour, evaluation practice needs to be informed by, and contribute to, theory and research. However it can be difficult to find sources of funding and support for research into evaluation.
Here are two current funding opportunities to support research on evaluation, and some links to other resources and examples of research on evaluation.
Do you have suggestions about others we should add?
We've been getting some great questions recently - so we're starting to share our answers through these blogs. We'd welcome any additional suggestions for how to respond, or useful resources. Just add these to the comments box below.
I’m wanting to do an impact evaluation. What kinds of theories should I use for developing a theory of change?
Happy New Year! The International Year of Evaluation has ended and a new year has begun.
We're delighted to have been part of the celebrations and discussions about an agenda for international evaluation for the future - and to be planning to contribute to the next steps in improving evaluation theory and practice around the world.
Here are some reflections back on the year that was - and some sneak peeks at the year ahead.
What are the exemplars of evaluation that have helped your learning about evaluation, or that you use to support others' learning? How can we identify and document exemplars, and support their use?
This week the Latin-American and Caribbean Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematization Network (ReLAC) is holding its 4th International Conferencein Lima, Peru.
The EvalYear torch is in Cairo this week for the Fourth International Conference of MENA Evaluation Network (EvalMENA), which brings together five national networks which form the main constituency of EvalMENA: