Events

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We do not officially endorse these events unless they are noted as a BetterEvaluation event.

Here is some upcoming events of interest to the evaluation community. Please don't hesitate to suggest an event.

Open online courses

Effective and Creative Evaluation Report Writing - In this course, students will learn best practices for effective and creative report writing specific to evaluation reports. Learning points and practical exercises are combined to develop skills in putting together an effective and engaging evaluation report.

Cutting-Edge Monitoring & Evaluation: A Guide for Practitioners - This course lays the ground for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) by considering challenges in current M&E practice, introducing a tool-box of evaluation techniques and showing where these can be best applied. 

How to Be a Successful Evaluation Consultant - This course provides the opportunity to learn how to establish, manage and maintain an evaluation consultancy.

Managing the Politics of Evaluation - This course considers some of the challenges that evaluators and evaluation managers face when striving to have an impartial evaluation of a programme.

May

Conference

CES-SCÉ Conference 2018: Co-Creation
Canada - 26th May 2018 to 1st June 2018 - Paid

The Canadian Evaluation Society's annual conference will be held in Calgary in 2018. The conference theme is 'Co-Creation'.

June

Workshop

Get Real: A workshop on Realist Methodology
Canada - 4th June 2018 to 6th June 2018 - Paid

This three day intensive course is designed to introduce you to Realist Research and the techniques necessary to conduct a Realist Synthesis or Evaluation project. Specifically, you will be introduced to the philosophical assumptions of a realist philosophy, the implications for understanding policy and programs, and how they impact specific methods in design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting. This workshop will provide an in-depth examination into philosophical underpinnings, standards of practice, and common challenges in applying Realism into research projects. 

Outcome Harvesting for Complex Development Programs
Italy - 18th June 2018 to 20th June 2018 - Paid

Outcome Harvesting is a utilisation-focused, highly participatory evaluation tool that enables evaluators, grantmakers, and managers to identify, formulate, verify, and make sense of outcomes they have influenced when at the time of planning the relationships of cause-effect were substantially unknown. 

Course

Participatory Video and Most Significant Change
United Kingdom - 6th June 2018 to 8th June 2018 - Paid

A rigorous short course for anyone interested in using Participatory Video and Most Significant Change (PV MSC) as a powerful and innovative approach to qualitative monitoring and evaluation. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary, to design and facilitate PV MSC processes, and the underlying principles for use in various contexts.

Adaptive Management Working Effectively in the Complexity of International Development
Italy - 11th June 2018 to 15th June 2018 - Paid

Designed by practitioners for practitioners, this 5-day course offers a blend of grounded theory which helps us to understand the importance of complexity, the need for Adaptive Management (AM), and its applications for international development programming. Presentations, discussions, case studies and clinics, where participants bring their own challenges and dilemmas into the room for discussion, will help participants to gain insights about the benefits and limitations of mainstream M&E and results-based management tools, and to consider when and why AM approaches, systems and tools are needed.

Influencing human behaviour: solutions for public policy
Australia - 26th June 2018 to 27th June 2018 - Paid

Over two days, the BehaviourWorks Australia team will use case studies and compelling examples of behavioural solutions in the public sector to show participants how to apply a behavioural lens to problems faced by policy makers at any level. 

Conference

Systems perspectives on policy development and evaluation
United Kingdom - 26th June 2018 - Paid

Public policies are about changing systems, but conventional approaches to their evaluation have largely ignored this insight. This conference brings together researchers and policymakers from a range of sectors and disciplines. It will explore the value of systems thinking for understanding policy problems, finding policy solutions and evaluating them - with a particular focus on the implications of systems thinking for policy evaluation. The event is aimed at both academic and non-academic participants, including research users and research commissioners.

July

Course

Monitoring and Evaluation for Results Training
United Kingdom - 2nd July 2018 to 13th July 2018 - Paid

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for Results is for managers and monitoring and evaluation officers who need to supervise, manage, plan and implement M&E in their projects and programmes. The course addresses M&E for the entire results chain, including the all-important outcomes. This 10-day course covers the principles, and embeds the practice of M&E for results.

The Evaluators' Institute - July 2018 program available
United States - 9th July 2018 to 21st July 2018 - Paid

The Evaluators' Institute has released their July 2018 program in the DC metropolitan area. TEI helps fill knowledge gaps by working with individuals whose positions require that they answer accountability questions. It is for those seeking to improve their skill set, and those seeking to add credibility and prestige to their practice. Evaluators trained at TEI are better equipped to: Understand issues Provide accountability data Generate knowledge

Conference

ANZEA Conference 2018
New Zealand - 16th July 2018 to 19th July 2018 - Paid

The theme for the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association is: Evaluation for change: Change for evaluation – He  arotake rereketanga: Kia rereke te arotaketanga. The conference is being held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland, July 16-18 2018. Full day workshops will be held on July 19.

August

Workshop

Solving complex problems well: tools and techniques
Australia - 14th August 2018 to 15th August 2018 - Paid

In this workshop, Dr Nick Fleming draws on his 20-plus years of international experience to bring a fresh, insightful and empowering approach to solving problems in government.

September

Course

Participatory Video Facilitation
United Kingdom - 3rd September 2018 to 8th September 2018 - Paid

This course is designed around principles of experiential learning; using a wide range of techniques that enhance creativity, sharing, reflection and learning. A 6-day intensive facilitator training course covering everything you need to design and deliver Participatory Video processes. 

Evaluation for the public sector
Australia - 5th September 2018 to 6th September 2018 - Paid

Dr George Argyrous and Professor Patricia Rogers will help you understand the conceptual and practical issues involved in evaluating public sector policies and programs, and evaluation’s role as a key tool for decision-makers.

Milan Summer School in Cost-Benefit Analysis
Italy - 10th September 2018 to 14th September 2018 - Paid

The school offers an intensive and participative learning experience focused on the appraisal (Cost Benefit Analysis, CBA) of major infrastructure projects, with a focus on those asking for co-financing under the European Structural and Investment Funds in the programming period 2014-2020. The structure of the school reflects the need to provide an overview and introduction to principles and methods of CBA for beginners and to offer a more in-depth understanding of sectoral applications for more advanced trainees.

Conference

AES International Evaluation Conference 2018
Australia - 19th September 2018 to 21st September 2018 - Paid

There is an ongoing and urgent need to move towards culturally safe, appropriate and relevant evaluations that contribute to better outcomes for Indigenous peoples. There is an increasing appetite from funders to explore how innovation can solve some of our most complex social and environmental challenges. Governments are embracing these new approaches and demanding  real time evidence of what is working. Philanthropy and not-for-profits are transforming too. At the same time new players are doing the work traditionally associated with evaluation, in innovative ways, with access to more data than ever before. In this context, it is critical that evaluation transforms to remain relevant, meet the market and meaningfully contribute to the changing face of Australasia. We invite you to explore this changing context and what it might mean for you and the areas in which you work with our aes2018 conference theme: transformations. As we explore what these transformations mean for the role of evaluation and evaluators, we hope to equip you with new questions, networks and ways of thinking. Join us in helping shape the future of evaluation in this changing context.

October

Conference

The 13th European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference
Greece - 1st October 2018 to 5th October 2018 - Paid

EES is excited to announce its 13th Biennial Conference from 1 to 5 October 2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The leading theme of the EES2018 Conference is “Evaluation for more resilient societies”. The Conference offers 5 days of debates on evaluation in times of financial, geopolitical, environmental and humanitarian crises.

Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 (GEIS)
Australia - 22nd October 2018 to 24th October 2018 - Paid

The Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 (GEIS) will bring together experts from across the world to talk about their experiences in generating and implementing evidence for better policy and practice. The summit will explore the evidence for designing, implementing and reviewing effective programs and policies. Expected to reach 700 delegates from 30 countries, GEIS 2018 will share the latest evidence synthesis and implementation science research and practice strategies for improving the lives of individuals, families and communities worldwide .

BigSurv 2018
Spain - 25th October 2018 to 27th October 2018 - Free

The European Survey Research Association (ESRA), will hold the first Big Data Meets Survey Science International Conference 2018 (BigSurv18) on October 25-27, 2018 at the Research and Expertise Center in Survey Methodology (RECSM) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona Spain. The theme of the conference is “Exploring New Statistical Frontiers at the Intersection of Survey Science and Big Data.”

AEA Evaluation Conference 2018: Speaking Truth to Power
United States - 28th October 2018 to 3rd November 2018 - Paid

Join the AEA community in a lively, critical conversation about the role of evaluators and evaluation in Speaking Truth to Power,  in Cleveland, October 28 – November 3.

Course

Communicate for impact and influence
New Zealand - 10th October 2018 to 11th October 2018 - Paid

Communicate for impact and influence will help participants develop confidence and skills to tell a compelling evidence-based narrative with the power to influence change in all aspects of working life. This interactive two-day workshop is being led by communications expert Dr Zina O’Leary and executive voice coach and award-winning actor Debra Lawrance. Together, they will teach you how to craft engaging, influential messages and deliver them clearly, confidently and with presence to ensure you are heard.