We’re joining with nearly 2,800 people who are keen to explore ways of conducting, managing or supporting better evaluations at the AEA conference in Minnesota.
Patricia Rogers's blog
“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.
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).
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?
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.
Personal stories provide a glimpse into how people experience their lives and have long been an important part of evaluations -for example being reported in case studies. The process of collecting stories usually begins with an interview, whether in groups (e.g. through group interviews or “story circles”) or in individual interviews.
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).
An After Action Review is a simple, flexible, and collaborative option for assessing strengths and weaknesses after implementing a project, program or event. After Action Reviews give people who have been involved the time, space and structure to reflect and share lessons learnt to support ongoing organisational learning.
We are often asked about the best method to use for an evaluation. But there is a bewildering array of evaluation methods. For example, this is the list of evaluation methods on Wikipedia.
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.