Events

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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.

July

Seminar

Can policymakers be trusted with our wellbeing?
Australia - 24th July 2018 - Free

Good policy finds truth in the world and leads to lasting and repeatable action and outcomes. But can we trust our wellbeing with those who have been empowered to make policy? This panel discussion explores how design might be used to create more effective and appropriate policy responses, while creating a tighter feedback loop between the implementation and its effects on the ground. As design in policy gains traction as an emerging field, what are the opportunities, risks, and challenges in integrating this new approach?

Workshop

Designing and Implementing a Monitoring and Evaluation System workshop (30 Jul, 31 Jul, 1 Aug, 2 Aug 2018 Sydney)
Australia - 30th July 2018 to 2nd August 2018 - Paid

This workshop draws on the text book ‘Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks’ (SAGE, 2016) authored by Anne Markiewicz and Ian Patrick. It presents a clear and staged conceptual model for the systematic development and implementation of an M&E System. The workshop has been developed with four separate, but inter-related components, with one presented each day. People can choose to participate in the full program or part of the program dependent upon their experience and needs.

August

Course

Project Design Monitoring and Evaluation
Online - 6th August 2018 - Paid

This introductory level course covers the fundamentals of the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Cycle (DME) of development projects; with practical applications of concepts, methods, and best practices. This course will provide participants with tools, techniques, and resources needed for designing, planning, organizing, monitoring and evaluating development projects. Participants will need 8-10 hours per week to complete the lectures and case study exercises.  Participants will participate in engaging online conversations with peers from around the world while receiving a constant guidance from the instructor.

Workshop

Practical Evaluation Capacity Building: Whose capacity to do what, why and how?
Australia - 8th August 2018 - Paid

This one-day course is for anyone who has a role (or would like to develop a role) in evaluation capacity building, in government, the community sector or business. It is suitable for people who are just starting to design an evaluation capacity building approach, through to those who have a few years’ experience under their belt.

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.

Claremont Evaluation Center Professional Development Workshops (multiple workshops and dates)
United States - 15th August 2018 to 22nd August 2018 - Paid

 This August, the Claremont Evaluation Center is offering its annual Professional Development Workshops, which provide working professionals and students with world-class practical and theoretical training in evaluation and applied research. This longstanding series, taught by leading academics and seasoned practitioners, can be experienced onsite at Claremont Graduate University, or wherever you are, thanks to highly interactive online webcasts. Previous years have consistently brought hundreds of participants to Claremont from across the globe, representing an exciting cross-section of the private and public sectors.

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

The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES)'s 2018 conference theme is: Transformations. Evaluation has never been more exciting, yet challenging. Our context is changing at a dizzying rate. The AES invites you to join them in Launceston, Tasmania, to explore the changing context of evaluation and what it might mean for you and the areas in which you work.

ActivityInfo User Conference - Use Cases and Trainings for the online M&E tool
Jordan - 26th September 2018 to 27th September 2018 - Paid

The two day ActivityInfo User Conference will take place in Amman, Jordan in September 26th-27th.  The theme of the User Conference is "Addressing Information Management Challenges using the online M&E tool ActivityInfo".

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.

March

Course

Evaluating and Managing for Sustainable Development Impact
Netherlands - 18th March 2019 to 5th April 2019 - Paid

The development landscape has changed significantly over the last few decades, becoming increasingly complex. Many of the issues we face today, such as climate change, poverty and conflict, call for a new way of doing business, so as to collaboratively contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Managing for Sustainable Development Impact (M4SDI) approach has evolved to support leaders and development practitioners how to navigate this complexity and manage their initiative/organisation successfully towards sustainable development impact. The M4SDI approach is an integrated, results oriented management approach, which can be used across a range of sectors and domains in a variety of contexts. It addresses some of the most pressing concerns, such as engaging primary stakeholders, designing effective strategies and related monitoring and evaluation (M&E), focusing on capacity development, and responding to change in a complex context.