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  1. Guest blog: Why rubrics are useful in evaluations

    13th March, 2013

    In Aoteoroa New Zealand the use of rubrics has been adopted across a number of institutions to help ensure there is transparent and clear assessment which respects and includes diverse lines of evidence in evaluation. This case, written as part of the BetterEvaluation writeshop process, discusses how the use of rubrics was helpful throughout all stages of an evaluation of the First-time Principals’ Induction Programme.

  2. Week 37: Why is equity so important in evaluation?

    19th September, 2014

    This is #3 in our series on visionary evaluation.  Why is equity so important in evaluation? How can evaluations be better designed to account for equity issues?

  3. How to choose, develop, and support innovation in evaluation

    20th June, 2018

    This blog is an abridged version of the brief Innovations in evaluation: How to choose, develop and support them, written by Patricia Rogers and Alice Macfarlan. It builds on a webinar delivered by Patricia Rogers in May 2018 as a joint project of UNICEF, BetterEvaluation and EVALSDGs. This blog opens up some of the issues and questions about why and how to adopt innovations in evaluation, while the brief goes into further detail about innovations that can be useful in addressing long standing challenges in evaluation.

  4. Conversations to have when designing a program: Fostering evaluative thinking

    22nd February, 2018

    This post is based on a paper by Joanna Farmer and Dr Caroline Tomiczek (Associate Director, Urbis), presented at the AES International Evaluation Conference in Canberra on 6 Sept 2017.

  5. Adapting evaluation in the time of COVID-19 — Part 3: FRAME

    13th August, 2020

    Evaluation needs to respond to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.  As well as direct implications for the logistics of collecting data and managing evaluation processes, the pandemic has led to rapid changes in what organisations are trying to do and how evaluation can best be used to support these changes.   

  6. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 4: Including unintended impacts

    24th January, 2013

    Evaluation is not just about assessing whether objectives have been met.  Identifying and considering unintended impacts can be a critically important part of deciding whether or not a program, a policy or a project has been a success.  But not all guides to evaluation acknowledge the importance of unintended impacts – or give advice about methods to identify and include them.

  7. Remembering John Mayne

    23rd December, 2020

    This week we wanted to share and celebrate the important contributions to improving evaluation from John Mayne, a Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society and twice recipient of the CES Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada.

  8. Week 48: The value iceberg

    4th December, 2014

    Rhonda Schlangen and Jim Coe are independent consultants who work with social change organisations and funders to develop and evaluate advocacy and campaigns. In ‘The Value Iceberg’, a Discussion Paper published by BetterEvaluation, they look at how concepts of 'value' and 'results' are being applied to advocacy and campaigning and present some alternative strategies for assessing advocacy.

  9. Week 19: Ways of framing the difference between research and evaluation

    9th May, 2014

    One of the challenges of working in evaluation is that important terms (like ‘evaluation’, ‘impact’, ‘indicators’,  ‘monitoring’  and so on ) are defined and used in very different ways by different people.   Sometimes the same word is used but to mean quite different things; other times different words are used to mean the same thing. And, most importantly, many people are simply unaware that other people use these words in these different ways.

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  10. What does it mean to ‘un-box’ evaluation?

    30th January, 2019

    This guest blog by Jade Maloney is the first in a series about un-boxing evaluation – the theme of aes19 in Sydney, Australia. The series is designed to generate a global discussion of the theme ‘un-boxing evaluation’ and what that means for our profession and practice. Jade Maloney is co-convenor of aes19. She is also a Partner at ARTD Consultants, specialising in design and evaluation with people with disability and in the disability sector.