Blogs

New resource contributions from our members

Alice Macfarlan's picture 21st February 2018 by Alice Macfarlan

We've had a number of great resource contributions come in over the past couple of weeks and so we thought we'd take the time to highlight them here. BetterEvaluation relies on the contributions of members to share and co-create knowledge about monitoring and evaluation, and we feel extraordinarily privileged to be a part of a community of people who are working together to help improve evaluation practice around the world.

7 Strategies to improve evaluation use and influence - Part 2

Patricia Rogers's picture 2nd February 2018 by Patricia Rogers

This is the second of a two-part blog on strategies to support the use of evaluation, building on a session the BetterEvaluation team facilitated at the American Evaluation Association conference last year. While the session focused particularly on strategies to use after an evaluation report has been produced, it is important to address use before and during an evaluation.

Thanks for taking part in our user survey - here's what we've learnt

Nick Herft's picture 12th January 2018 by Nick Herft

We've now completed the first component of our user research - the user survey.  Thank you for the helpful feedback  from 50 different countries and from a wide range of users, including evaluators, people who sometimes do evaluation, evaluation managers and users, people involved in evaluation capacity strengthening, students, and others.  (If you missed the chance, we're always pleased to get feedback through our contact form).

Why do programs benefit from developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks?

Anne Markiewicz's picture 10th January 2018 by Anne Markiewicz

This guest blog is by Anne Markiewicz, Director of Anne Markiewicz and Associates, a consultancy that specialises in developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks. Anne is the co-author, with Ian Patrick, of the text book ‘Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks’ (Sage 2016). She has extensive experience in the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation frameworks for a wide range of different initiatives, building the capacity of organisations to plan for monitoring and evaluation.

Illustrating models and theories of change

clysy's picture 10th January 2018 by clysy

Chris Lysy, of Lysy Design, (and also known as Fresh Spectrum's 'evaluation cartoonist'), recently made our day by storifying an example of a logic model Patricia Rogers had previously created for the UNICEF Impact Evaluation Series in Brief 2: Theory of Change. With a few simple changes, Chris has managed to turn a rather static diagram into something that is more visually appealing and understandable to stakeholders.

He's kindly let us share it with you here, and you can find the original post along with more of Chris' writing on data design on the Lysy Design website along with help in telling the story of your data if you need it.

Participate in our user experience survey

Nick Herft's picture 28th November 2017 by Nick Herft

We've received a lot of useful feedback since launching our user experience survey. Alongside the positive, we've gained insight into some of the difficulties experienced when using and navigating the BetterEvaluation website.

Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey! All of this feedback has been incredibly helpful for us to understand what's working well and what needs improvement.

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