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Blog20th July, 2018
In the previous blog in this series, Greet Peersman and Patricia Rogers introduced the ‘Pathways to advance professionalisation within the context of the AES’ project and report. A major feature of this report is the exploration of 41 activities and approaches that can be used to advance the professionalisation of monitoring and evaluation, and the conclusion of this two-part series looks at these approaches in more detail. We believe these activities are likely to be of considerable interest to others who are undertaking or planning evaluation capacity strengthening activities and we encourage you to share your feedback and thoughts on these activities at the end of this blog.
Are quantitative or qualitative methods better for undertaking impact evaluations? What about true experiments? Is contribution analysis the new 'state of the art' in impact evaluation or should I just do a survey and use statistical methods to create comparison groups?
Determining one's plan for an impact evaluation occurs within the constraints of a specific context. Since method choices must always be context specific, debates in the professional literature about impact methods can at best only provide partial guidance to evaluation practitioners. The way to break out of this methods impasse is by focusing on the evidentiary requirements for assessing casual impacts.
EventWorkshop11th April, 2018 to 12th April, 2018AustraliaPaid
EventConference19th September, 2018 to 21st September, 2018AustraliaPaid
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.
EventWorkshop6th February, 2017AustraliaPaid
Program logic is a simplified model of expected cause-and-effect relationships between activities, immediate changes, intermediate outcomes and final outcomes. This workshop introduces the program logic concept and lays out a step by step process for creating a logic model. The workshop concludes with an overview of how this logic model can be used for program design and to be the spine of a monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement framework.
Designing and Implementing a Monitoring and Evaluation System workshop (30 Jul, 31 Jul, 1 Aug, 2 Aug 2018 Sydney)EventWorkshop30th July, 2018 to 2nd August, 2018AustraliaPaid
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.
EventWorkshop23rd March, 2017AustraliaPaid
Performance story reports aim to strike a good balance between depth of information and brevity. They aim to be written in accessible language and help build a credible case about the contribution a program has made towards outcomes or targets. They help teams and organisations to focus on results and also provide a common language for discussing different programs. This workshop will explore different approaches to performance story, and how performance story reports are developed. It will outline steps to building a report and explore the role of program logic and evidence in developing the report. It will be an interactive and engaging workshop involving case studies and group process.
What would an evaluation conference look like if it was run by people who know and care about presenting information to support use? (hint- that should be us)Blog2nd March, 2017
All too often conferences fail to make good use of the experience and knowledge of people attending, with most time spent presenting prepared material that could be better delivered other ways, and not enough time spent on discussions and active learning. With closing dates for two evaluation conferences fast approaching (the Australasian Evaluation Society and the American Evaluation Association), could you propose something more useful, that would demonstrate how much we know and care about communicating and using information?
Blog14th October, 2018
In this guest blog, Fran Demetriou (Lirata Consulting and volunteer M&E advisor for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Mentoring Program) shares her reflections from the recent Australasian Evaluation Society (AES)'s 2018 conference, held in Launceston - in particular, what are some of the lessons a young and emerging evaluator might take away from the event?
Blog15th August, 2017
We're thrilled to be able to join the Australasian Evaluation Society at their 2017 International Conference in Canberra. We'll have a booth set up in the conference exhibition area and we'd love you to come say hello and join in the fun as we use our time at the AES to work with our members, website users, and the wider evaluation community to co-create and share knowledge about evaluation.