Many people fear evaluation because they think it's all about being judged. But when done well evaluation provides useful feedback to aid in decision-making and improves projects, ultimately leading to positive social change. This 1 day workshop introduces participants to basic concepts related to evaluating projects and programs. The workshop is designed to de-mystify the evaluation process exploring such topics as: fit for purpose evaluation processes and approaches; interpreting data and producing findings; engaging with stakeholders; the nature and use of evaluation; ethics in evaluation; and key issues and trends in the field of evaluation. Participants will be equipped to develop the right evaluation strategy to suit an organisations program needs, within budget and to satisfy information and reporting needs. This is an An AES and IPAA WA partnership event.
By the end of this course attendees should be able to:
- Overview of evaluation and its approaches
- Evaluation planning
- Introduction to monitoring
- Interpreting the findings
- Introduction to presenting and reporting on the findings
- Ethical evaluation practice
Benefits to your organisation:
- Understand how monitoring and evaluation contributes to continuous improvement
- Understand how program logic is used to clarify outputs and outcomes
Benefits to you:
- Understand key monitoring and evaluation concepts and terminology including how monitoring and evaluation fits with the program cycle
- Understand the role of key evaluation questions
- Understand what is included in a monitoring and evaluation plan
About the presenters
Dr. Sarah Butler has over four years experience in the field of evaluation and a Post Graduate Certificate in Evaluation from the University of Melbourne. She brings a wealth of research and analytical experience from the NRM, Ecology and Sustainability sectors with a PhD from La Trobe University. Sarah is a senior consultant at Clear Horizon and has worked across Australia leading a broad range of evaluation projects from climate change and sustainability to natural resource management, primary industries and community development. Sarah has facilitated many large workshops as part of participatory evaluation projects. She has a passion for helping program teams understand how their program is going, what is working and why, and using evaluation to drive change that will improve our environment, people's lives and the way organisations work.
Carina is enthusiastic and passionate about program design, monitoring and evaluation with over 15 years professional experience in evaluation working for State Government and as a consultant. She has facilitated over 50 program logic workshops and prepared over 30 design and evaluation frameworks and has led evaluations across a range of sectors including environment, agriculture, community development, mental health and local government. She understands the policy and program cycle and appreciates the role evaluation plays in this context. Carina is the current Managing Director of Clear Horizon WA and the AES representative for WA.
- Members $440
- Non-members register here
Register online by 30 April 2015