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Does evaluation need to be done differently to support adaptive management?

Patricia Rogers's picture 15th March 2017 by Patricia Rogers

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. 

What would an evaluation conference look like if it was run by people who know and care about presenting information to support use? (hint - that should be us)

Patricia Rogers's picture 2nd March 2017 by Patricia Rogers

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?

Current funding opportunities for research on evaluation

Patricia Rogers's picture 14th September 2016 by Patricia Rogers

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?

BetterEvaluation FAQ: How do I choose a suitable theory of change?

Patricia Rogers's picture 22nd July 2016 by Patricia Rogers

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?

Looking back and looking forward after the International Year of Evaluation

Patricia Rogers's picture 5th January 2016 by Patricia Rogers

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.

EvalYear Cote’ d’Ivoire: Journées Ivoiriennes de l' évaluation (Ivorian Days of Evaluation)

Patricia Rogers's picture 9th February 2015 by Patricia Rogers
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Cette semaine, le Torch évaluation, symbolisant la propagation de la sensibilisation et les connaissances sur l'évaluation, se déplace à la Côte 'd' Ivoire pour 1ière Journées Ivoiriennes de l' évaluation) (JIE 2015).

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