EventCourse1st March, 2019OnlinePaid
This course brings together the two exciting areas of Real-Time Evaluation (RTE) and Adaptive Management (AM), which combine to offer huge potential for the M&E practitioner, particularly in complex and uncertain environments. Whether evaluating Humanitarian Assistance or Development projects and programmes, there is a need to learn quickly. What exactly is an RTE/AM approach and how can it help in unstable or conflict affected situations? Do M&E practitioners need to ditch their standard approaches in jumping on this latest bandwagon? What can you do if there is no counterfactual or dataset? This course addresses these questions and more. It lets you see how individuals and organisations can respond to provide real-time insights to steer programmes and projects. It takes a strategic approach discussing entry points, design and effective engagement, whilst also offering practical tips and methodologies.
Synonyms:real-time evaluation, rapid feedback evaluation, rapid-cycle evaluation, rapid appraisalApproach
Blog15th April, 2021
We’re currently going through a global period of rapid change and adaption, due in large part to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives and work. As our world is changing, many individuals and organisations are finding that traditional evaluation methods are not meeting the needs of rapidly changing implementation or brand new interventions where interventions are being designed as they are implemented. It’s in this context that it’s become important to use evidence and support learning in real-time.
Real-time evaluation (RTE) has been practised and documented over the past 20 years, initially in humanitarian projects. There is now increasing interest in learning from this experience to inform evaluations in other areas, especially in development. This paper outlines the different ways in which RTE has been defined and is understood to work. It analyses how RTE is similar to and different from other approaches to supporting evidence-informed action. It discusses when it is appropriate to use RTE and what is needed to make it work well.
The work reported on in this paper has benefitted from a technical cooperation grant provided by Evaluation Department, Norwegian Agency for Development (Norad) to Better Evaluation. This work is a product of the staff of Better Evaluation with external contribution from Evaluation Department, Norad. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this work do not necessarily reflect the views of Norad.