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BetterEvaluation in Helsinki for EES conference

Patricia Rogers's picture 2nd October 2012 by Patricia Rogers

“Evaluation in the networked society” is the theme for the European Evaluation Society‘s 10th Biennial Conference, being held this week in Helsinki. The conference will explore the implications of the new information environment and the advent of social networking without borders for evaluation. We’re excited to have the chance to explore these issues, which are at the heart of the BetterEvaluation project.

An overview of evaluation options (methods, tools, strategies)

Patricia Rogers's picture 10th September 2012 by Patricia Rogers

It was great to have so many people participate in the BetterEvaluation mini-workshop at the conference of the Australasian Evaluation Society last week.

The workshop worked through two different scenarios, exploring the different options that might be used, and how the interactive BetterEvaluation website could help someone to choose an appropriate option and to use it effectively (or manage someone using it).

Seven evaluation methods to add to the toolbox?

Patricia Rogers's picture 3rd August 2012 by Patricia Rogers

In a recent workshop on 'Designs for Performance Evaluation', which Patricia Rogers conducted with program officers from USAID, we looked at seven methods and strategies which might be usefully added to the repertoire  for collecting, analyzing or synthesizing data.

Which of these might be useful to add  to the methods that you use  - or that you encourage evaluators to use in evaluations that you manage?

Negotiating the standards for the evaluation

Patricia Rogers's picture 14th May 2012 by Patricia Rogers

One of the trickiest situations in evaluation is when, after the draft report is submitted, it becomes clear that the evaluation team and the commissioning organization have different ideas about what the evaluation should do and how it should do it - and therefore have major differences about what the evaluation report should say.  

Evaluating Policy Influence and Advocacy

Patricia Rogers's picture 16th March 2012 by Patricia Rogers

Thematic page on Evaluating Policy Influence and Advocacy provides an overview of issues, specific options and examples for evaluating programs, projects and organizations that engage in advocacy and policy influence. It discuss four categories of policy influencing techniques and approaches: Advising, Advocacy, Lobbying and Activism (drawing on the work by Start and Hovland).

InterAction Guidance Note - Introduction to Impact Evaluation

Patricia Rogers's picture 12th March 2012 by Patricia Rogers

We are collaborating with InterAction to present a webinar on 'Introduction to Impact Evaluation', drawing on material from the BetterEvaluation project.  This is the first of a four-part series of guidance notes and webinars on impact evaluation that  InterAction is developing with financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation.