This week over 3,000 people from all over the world are expected to meet in Atlanta, Georgia for the 2016 conference of the American Evaluation Association. The theme this year, Evaluation + Design, explores integration of design and evaluation in three areas:
- Program design,
- Evaluation design,
- Information design
We’re excited to announce the launch of the BetterEvaluation and IDRC (International Development Research Centre) Program Managers’ Guide to Evaluation and GeneraTOR. We will be sharing it for the first time at the European Evaluation Society conference in Maastricht this week. The Guide and the GeneraTOR are available in both English and French.
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?
In this edition of the BE FAQ blog, we address a question that comes up quite often: How do you go about analysing data that has been collected from respondents via a questionnaire?
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?
This blog post by Jindra Cekan and Laurie Zivetz of Valuing Voices discusses the need for post-project impact evaluations. An area that needs more attention, BetterEvaluation will be working with Valuing Voices over the next couple of months to expand the available information and resources for this type of evaluation.
What is the value of evaluation and can stories provide a good way of communicating evaluation findings? In this guest blog post, Martha McGuire introduces the project, 'Evaluations that make a difference', a collection of eight evaluation stories from around the world about the ways in which evaluations contributed to making an impact, from the perspectives of the users and beneficiaries who have been involved in the evaluations.