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  1. Poll: What should we include in Start Here?

    29th August, 2013

    BetterEvaluation is improving and we would like you to be involved. We are redesigning the home page and the Start Here section and for the latter, we are seeking feedback on what to include.

  2. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 37: Collaborative Outcomes Reporting

    13th September, 2013

    Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR) is an approach to impact evaluation that combines elements of several rigorous non-experimental methods and strategies.  You’ll find it on the Approaches page on the BetterEvaluation site - an approach combines several options to address a number of evaluation tasks. This week we talk to Jess Dart, who developed COR. Jess is the new steward for BetterEvaluation’s COR page and, together with Megan Roberts from Clear Horizon, has provided a step-by-step guide, advice on choosing and using the approach well, and examples of its use.

  3. 52 Weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 38: Ubuntu in evaluation

    17th September, 2013

    The South Africa Monitoring and Evaluation Association conference starts on Wednesday this week, with the theme ‘Improving use and results’. On Thursday, the programme includes a session called ‘Made in Africa: evaluation for development’, exploring values and diversity in development evaluation. To kick off discussion, we asked Benita Williams, an evaluator from Pretoria, South Africa, about how her values affect her evaluation work. 

  4. Results from the poll: what should we include in Start Here?

    20th September, 2013

    Two weeks ago I posted a poll asking BetterEvaluation users to select 1-4 topics they consider most important for the Start Here landing page. On behalf of the BetterEvaluation team, I would like to thank everyone for providing their feedback. The information we have received is very useful and we will be mindful of this while reworking the Start Here section.

    The results of the poll are presented in the graph below.

  5. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 43: Celebrating one year of BetterEvaluation

    30th October, 2013

    This week we're celebrating the first year of BetterEvaluation since it went live to the public in October 2012. Thank you to everyone who has contributed material, reviewed content, developed the website, and participated in live events.

    Check out our infographic below (developed by our website co-ordinator Nick Herft), for some of the highlights of the year. For more information click where you see the small BetterEvaluation logo within the graphic.

  6. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 44: How can monitoring data support impact evaluations?

    1st November, 2013

    Maren Duvendack and Tiina Pasanen explore the issue of using monitoring data in impact evaluations. Maren and Tiina work on the Methods Lab, a programme aiming to develop and test flexible and affordable approaches to impact evaluation.

  7. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 48: What does COP19 mean for monitoring and evaluation professionals?

    27th November, 2013

    For the past few weeks the international climate change community, from national negotiators to NGOs and campaigners, has gathered at Warsaw for the 19th ‘conference of the parties’ (COP), hosted by the UNFCCC. Dennis Bours is team leader of SEA Change community of practice, which focuses on monitoring and evaluating climate change interventions in Asia and beyond.

  8. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 50: Start Here

    19th December, 2013

    A while back, Nick Herft from our team, invited BetterEvaluation users’ input on ‘What should we include in Start Here’. We received some great suggestions and promised to use these in reworking the Start Here section. Today, we highlight our initial attempt and ask for feedback and further suggestions.

  9. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 51: Strategies for commissioning evaluations successfully

    20th December, 2013

    Earlier this year I co-taught a course on Evaluation for Public Sector Managers with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), using BetterEvaluation to structure the course and as a key resource. In one of the sessions, we generated with participants useful strategies, processes or tasks for managing an internal or external evaluation. The results provide a useful checklist for anyone commissioning an evaluation in the public sector, but is also useful for those working in other sectors.

  10. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 52: Holiday gifts for everyone

    20th December, 2013

    For many of us, this is a time for reflecting back on the year and exchanging gifts.  So for this final post in the 52 weeks series for 2013, we wanted to share some evaluation gifts you can keep for yourself or share with your friends and colleagues.