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  1. Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference- Americas/Europe/Africa session

    21st June, 2016

     The Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference is a loosely structured conference that emphasises the informal, emergent exchange of ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of speakers and presenters. The event on June 21st offers participants the chance to learn and share with colleagues in an informal virtual environment. Participants can build their knowledge and skills in systems evaluation without ever leaving the office.

  2. Workshop: Theory based evaluation for complex systems (Brisbane 5 and 6 May 2016)

    5th May, 2016 to 6th May, 2016

    Many policies and programs are implemented in large systems, or expect to make changes at multiple levels of a system. Many approaches to program theory either assume that the program itself is simple, or ignore the implications of context for whether and how programs work. This two-day workshop will introduce participants to various approaches to ‘systems’, ‘complexity’ and ‘context’, and skills and strategies for working with complex systems.

  3. Planning and practice in monitoring, evaluation and learning

    21st June, 2016 to 22nd June, 2016
    United Kingdom

    This course introduces key MEL systems, processes, methods and tools. Using a case study, participants will gain hands on experience in designing a MEL plan. Participants will also have the opportunity to share experiences, challenges and lessons of doing MEL with peers, and can bring along their own case study for peer review.

  4. BetterEvaluation FAQ: How do you use program theory for evaluating systems?

    21st June, 2017

    In our recent blog post about using theories of change and logic models better in evaluation, we asked BetterEvaluation members to submit a question or challenge that they have in relation to creating or using theory of change for review by the BetterEvaluation team. One member asked us for advice on using a theory of change for systems change which we are very happy to share below:

  5. Systems Thinking: A Way to Maximize Program Effectiveness


    A short animated video highlighting how systems thinking can be used in program evaluation to maximize program effectiveness, produced by Chris Lovato, Beverly Parsons, and Kylie Hutchinson. 

  6. Systems perspectives on policy development and evaluation

    26th June, 2018
    United Kingdom

    Public policies are about changing systems, but conventional approaches to their evaluation have largely ignored this insight. This conference brings together researchers and policymakers from a range of sectors and disciplines. It will explore the value of systems thinking for understanding policy problems, finding policy solutions and evaluating them - with a particular focus on the implications of systems thinking for policy evaluation. The event is aimed at both academic and non-academic participants, including research users and research commissioners.

  7. Sample Job Descriptions and Terms of Reference for Key M & E Tasks and Actors


    This annex to the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) A Guide for Project M & E, is designed to support those whose role it is to contract out positions for a monitoring and evaluation process. 

  8. O Sistema de Monitoramento e Avaliação dos Programas de Promoção e Proteção Social do Brasil


    Apresentação do sistema brasileiro de monitoramento e avaliação de programas sociais, como parte da cooperação Brasil-Africa. O documento apresenta definições, descrições do ciclo de avaliação, exemplos de metodologias usadas, exemplos de resultados, e formas em que os resultados das avaliações são apresentados.

    A presentation about the Brazilian monitoring and evaluation system for social programs. The document presents definitions of M&E, describes the M&E cycles, gives examples of types of methods used, examples of evaluation findings, and ways to present the evaluation results. This presentation is part of the cooperation Brazil-Africa.

  9. Week 36: Systems thinking

    15th September, 2014

    This is #2 in our series on visionary evaluation. This year’s AEA Conference theme is visionary evaluation – systems thinking, equity and sustainability.  Which begs the question what is systems thinking?

    There are dozens of definitions but for me it is the combination of three things:

    1. Understanding inter-relationships
    2. Engaging with multiple-perspectives
    3. Reflecting on boundary choices

    …. And how does that contribute to visionary evaluation?