One of the challenges of working in evaluation is that important terms (like ‘evaluation’, ‘impact’, ‘indicators’, ‘monitoring’ and so on ) are defined and used in very different ways by different people. Sometimes the same word is used but to mean quite different things; other times different words are used to mean the same thing. And, most importantly, many people are simply unaware that other people use these words in these different ways.
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This week we start the first in an ongoing series of Real-Time Evaluation Queries, where BetterEvaluation members ask for advice and assistance with something they are working on, together we suggest some strategies and useful resources - and then we find out what was actually useful (or not) and why.
Recently BetterEvaluation member Rituu B. Nanda asked us for advice on producing interesting evaluation reports:
BetterEvaluation is at the African Evaluation Association Conference in Yaounde, Cameroon this week. We are giving away a book each day as a prize draw. If you are not there or if you miss out on the prize then you can find where to buy the books and where to get free information and resources online related to each book.
This is the first in a series of blogs on innovation which includes contributions from Thomas Winderl and Julia Coffman. The series will lead up to the African Evaluation Association conference at the beginning of March in Yaounde, Cameroon, where BetterEvaluation will be sponsoring a strand on methodological innovation.
Happy New Year! As you start filling in your diaries and calendars (desk, wall or electronic), make some space for at least one of the evaluation conferences listed below.
Even if you can't attend in person, many conferences provide webcasts of key sessions or make presentations available afterwards. For example, here are some links to sites with materials from previous evaluation conferences:
For many of us, this is a time for reflecting back on the year and exchanging gifts. So for this final post in the 52 weeks series for 2013, we wanted to share some evaluation gifts you can keep for yourself or share with your friends and colleagues.
Remember, you can get a rough translation of any page on the site using the Google Translate button.
This week we're celebrating the first year of BetterEvaluation since it went live to the public in October 2012. Thank you to everyone who has contributed material, reviewed content, developed the website, and participated in live events.
Check out our infographic below (developed by our website co-ordinator Nick Herft), for some of the highlights of the year. For more information click where you see the small BetterEvaluation logo within the graphic.
You'll find hundreds of evaluation resources on the BetterEvaluation site. Some have come from recommendations by stewards. Some have come from our writeshop project or design clinics. And there are great resources that have been recommended by BetterEvaluation users. This week we are highlighting some of these user-recommended resources, how you can find the latest new material, and how you tell us your recommendations.
This week BetterEvaluation is at the Australasian Evaluation Society conference in Brisbane, Australia, where the theme is "Evaluation shaping a better future: Priorities, pragmatics, priorities and power".