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Sharing Knowledge, Experiences and Providing Advice

How can I offer advice and share my experiences on evaluation?

Finding Content

How can I find a specific evaluation option?

Use the site search function or if you are familiar with the taxonomy, you can locate options from task pages which are contained in component pages.

My search returns no results or too many. How do I improve search results?

If there are no search results, ensure spelling is correct and try using fewer keywords. If there are too many search results, try adding another keyword to the search query. The results will only include pages that contain all of those keywords. 

What do I do if I can't find what I'm looking for?

If you are having trouble finding what you are looking for and have already tried the above steps, then contact us to let us know what you are looking for.

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Getting Help With an Evaluation

Where can I ask for help regarding an evaluation question, issue or challenge?

You may find the answer to your question in the site's content, forums, blogs or challenge area. Use the site search function to see if your question has been answered. If you cannot find your answer, post the question in the evaluation questions forum. Alternatively, you can privately ask for help by using the contact form.

Where can I find information about planning a whole evaluation?

The options overview page features an evaluation planner and provides information about planning an evaluation.

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Contributing Content

How do I contribute content?

Visit the contribute content page if you would like to send us or recommend content for BetterEvaluation. This page is also accessible from the contribute content button located in the blue title bar of content pages.

If the content you are contributing is available online, provide us with the URL. If the content is a file stored on your hard drive, you can attach it provided it is less than 2MB and one of the following file types: jpg, jpeg, gif, png, txt, doc, xls, pdf, ppt, pps, odt, ods or odp.

What kinds of content can I contribute?

Any content which has information about evaluation practice and theory. This information could be (but is not limited to) evaluation options, approaches, themes, resources and events.

Can I contribute content that I didn't create?

As long as you provide the source of the content so we can check if we have permission to share it.

What happens after I contribute content?

The BetterEvaluation team will review the content and add it to the site. 

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Sharing Advice, Knowledge and Experiences

How can I offer advice and share my experiences on evaluation?

Comment on individual pages of content to provide advice, knowledge and experiences related to that content page. Additionally, browse the forums and create discussion topics or reply to existing ones.

Note: you need to be registered and logged in to add comments and discuss forum topics.

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Using BetterEvaluation Content

Can I use the information on BetterEvaluation?

The content on this site, excluding any images, logos and external resources, is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial Unported licence, providing appropriate attribution is given (see below: How do I cite BetterEvaluation?). More information can be found in our Terms of Use page.​

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How do I cite BetterEvaluation?

Use this format for citing the BetterEvaluation website:

Author (the year the page was last updated or published). Page title. BetterEvaluation. Retrieved Month Year from URL.

For example, if you wanted to cite this page: the citation would look like:

Evergreen, S. (n.d.) Visualise Data. BetterEvaluation. Retrieved September 2014 from

The authors of a page are identified near the bottom of the page. If there are no authors, you can use this format:

Visualise Data. BetterEvaluation. (n.d.). Retrieved September 2014 from

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Member Accounts

What does being a BetterEvaluation member mean?

A BetterEvaluation member is someone who has created an account through BetterEvaluation's sign up form.

I receive your newsletter, does that make me a BetterEvaluation member?

It's possible for you to receive our newsletter and not be a BetterEvaluation member. However, if you subscribed to our newsletter using our sign up form, this means you are also a BetterEvaluation member and have a profile on this website. If you're not sure if you have a BetterEvaluation account, please contact us and we can help you retrieve and manage your member profile.

What are the benefits of being a BetterEvaluation member?

  • You can choose to subscribe to our regular newsletter which features important updates on M&E methods and processes
  • A BetterEvaluation member profile will automatically be created for you. Through your member profile, you can choose to allow other BetterEvaluation members to engage in discussion with you around shared M&E interests
  • You can join our community that values constructive discussion about M&E methods and processes. You'll be able to share experiences, ask questions, and give advice about evaluation
  • BetterEvaluation members help build knowledge by creating, collaborating, and sharing information such as tools, guides, examples, events, guest blogs, and more
  • By becoming a member and creating a detailed profile, you will be helping BetterEvaluation become more useful for everyone. Detailed profiles will also help us to understand our users so we can prioritise the development of site content, and find and engage users in co-creating materials.

What is my BetterEvaluation member profile and how do I view it?

Your BetterEvaluation member profile is created for you when you join via our sign up form. Your member profile displays the information you provide on the sign up form depending on whether or not you chose to make that information public.

Note: For those who wish to keep their name private on BetterEvaluation, please note there are places on the BetterEvaluation website which display your username publicly. If you wish to remain anonymous, we recommend entering in an appropriate non-identifiable username.

The easiest way to view your profile is to first login and then click your name in the header. 

If you are on mobile you will find a link to your profile in the main menu.

How do I change what people can see on my profile?

If you haven't signed up already, you can choose what's displayed on your profile while you fill in the sign up form. The screen show below demonstrates how you can control the display of your full name on your profile.

If you have already signed up, you can change what people see on your profile using the following steps:

  1. Login (click here to login in a new window)
  2. Go to your profile
  3. Click edit

You will find the information on your profile is organised into the following areas:

  • Contact information
  • Expertise and interests
  • Main focus
  • More about you
  • Your interests

You can access each of the above areas demonstrated in the screenshot below.

Under each of the above areas, you'll be able to control what people can see on your profile.

I've forgotten my password. How do I reset it?

Enter your username or email address into this reset password form and select "Email new password".

How do I unsubscribe from the newsletter?

Go to your profile page, select edit, select 'Newsletter subscriptions', then choose your preferences.

How do I change my notification preferences?

Go to your profile page, select edit, select 'Page subscriptions', then choose your preferences.

I no longer want to have a BetterEvaluation member profile. How do I delete it?

If you no longer wish to have a BetterEvaluation member profile, please contact us and we will assist you in deleting your profile and any data associated with your account.


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