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Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association Conference 2018: 16-19 July 2018

Venue: Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, 58 Waipuna Rd, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1060

Theme: "Evaluation for change: Change for evaluation – He arotake rereketanga: Kia rereke te arotaketanga"

As evaluators, our purpose is to show what’s working, for whom and why, to enable positive change for society, ecologies, organisations, communities, whānau, families and individuals. Evaluation can provide a grounded calmness and solid foundation for exploring what’s been and what might be. But pausing and reflecting, exploring uncertainties and challenges, might be seen as anathema to ‘action’  and ‘discovery’ oriented’ practitioners who might prefer to focus on new opportunities and novel ways of doing things. But the process of creating change, the outcomes and its impacts, touch everyone and sometimes in unexpected ways. Are we responsible, as Professor Viviane Robinson asserts, for “…too much change and not enough improvement”?

To read more about the upcoming ANZEA Conference including full conference and workshop program, and to register click here or visit: https://www.anzea.org.nz/conference2018/

13th European Evaluation Society Biennal Conference: 1-5 October 2018

Abstract submission for conference papers and pre-conference workshops are now open and will close on 15 March 2018. To submit please visit the website at http://www.ees2018.eu/abstract-submission-guidelines.htm and for the workshop program: http://www.ees2018.eu/application-form.htm

Registrations for the conference, which will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece are now open with early bird registrations closing 15 June 2018. Click here for the guidelines and to register. The conference theme is Evaluation for More Resilient Societies.

Past conferences

Collaboration for Impact’s Complexity and Evaluation Conference 2018: 3-4 May 2018

How Do You Measure Social Change?

Are you leading collective impact projects, addressing complex social problems or striving for population-level change? Are you regularly measuring the impact of your initiatives?

Collaboration for Impact’s Complexity and Evaluation Conference 2018 – taking place 3-4 May at the Melbourne Business School and featuring international evaluation experts Mark Cabaj and Kate McKegg – will equip you with tools and strategies to “unpack” complex systems change, and strengthen your approach to evaluating it.

Register for this conference if you are looking for:

  • Useable approaches to ‘frame’ systems change as a first step to evaluating it;
  • Support frameworks to help you understand where you are along the path to systems change, and what you need to make continual progress;
  • Practical tools you can use tomorrow with collaborators or in your evaluation work; and
  • Real-time support in your work of evaluating systems change.

View the conference program here or register for Complexity and Evaluation 2018 here

UKES Annual Evaluation Conference: 2-5 May 2018

The theme of the 2018 United Kingdom Evaluation Society (UKES)' Annual Evaluation Conference is: The Quality of Evidence from Evaluation - demand, supply, and use. Fundamentally, evaluation should provide information that is credible and useful, enabling the incorporation of lessons learned into decision-making processes. This year’s theme focuses on quality throughout the evaluation cycle. By framing the theme around the evaluation cycle, we can consider the demand for, production and uptake of high quality evidence from evaluations.

For more information and to register please click here.

Canadian Evaluation Society 2018 Conference: 27-29 May 2018

The conference will be held in Calgary Alberta May 27-29, 2018 on the theme of "Co-Creation in Evaluation"

To keep up to date on the latest CES Conference news please visit http://c2018.evaluationcanada.ca/


Workshops and training courses

DU's Realist Research and Evaluation unit, 9-13 July, Darwin

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is offering a masters-level module in realist research, evaluation and review. It is being offered face-to-face as a one week intensive in Darwin from 9-13 July. Although it could potentially be undertaken in external/distance mode, a more fruitful learning experience would come from being onsite for it.

About the module:

  • It is formally part of a Master of Public Policy, but it can be undertaken as a single module.
  • Assignments (for those who want the formal accreditation) will be due in about a six week period following the face to face program.
  • It can be considered as a module of other Masters programs, subject to approval by your university.
  • It can be audited - ie attended but without academic credit - for a smaller fee; the rate for AES members auditing has a 20% discount, so only $800 for the week. You will receive feedback on in-class work.
  • It is being facilitated by Professor Gill Westhorp, and co-facilitated by Assoc Prof Gary Groot from Canada, and Assoc Prof Emma Williams.

    For more information about the module, click here.

If you have additional questions, please contact Emma Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Free Webinar: Getting more value from your program logic models

Date: Thursday 2 August 2018
Time: 10 – 11 am (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Presenter: Dr Donna Cohen, Director MEERQAT Pty Ltd

This webinar will demonstrate how graphical program logic/theory of change models can be used as interactive data collection tools in the context of program implementation, evaluation and quality improvement. The webinar will include a live Q&A session.

If you are interested in attending this free webinar, register at the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/975125367320906754

Places are limited, so be sure to register early. 

ANZSOG's Evaluation for the public sector workshop: 5-6 September, Melbourne

Learn about the importance of evaluation for public sector programs and how to gather and assess evidence in a practical workshop presented by respected academic and advisor Dr George Argyrous and experienced evaluator and author Professor Patricia Rogers from the The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).

Click here for full details and to register.

Clear Horizon upcoming training courses

(20% off for AES members)

Clear Horizon is widely known for conducting evaluation research and being at the cutting edge of contemporary theory and practice with regard to monitoring and evaluation. Clear Horizon prides itself in using innovative solutions and best practice approaches. In 2006 Clear Horizon received the National Award for Evaluation Development from the Australasian Evaluation Society and now offer training in a number of our flagship techniques.

We are experienced and able trainers with strong facilitation skills. We believe in offering training that leads to real application. Our courses include a range of learning experiences including experiential learning, practical application and engaging discussions. Clear Horizon is the preferred provider for training in monitoring and evaluation for the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria and also Federal Government.

Please visit the Clear Horizone website by clicking here

Upcoming TRAASS International online courses

TRAASS International provide a range of Monitoring and Evaluation services to humanitarian and international development organisations seeking to assess the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of their activities to improve both accountability and learning.

Enrollments for the following Certificate Online Courses are now open at the TRAASS International website. The courses offer personalised trainer support and flexible study schedules. Please click on the below course titles for further information and to register.

Is evaluation a technical or a political activity? How to identify the position of power and interests behind an assignment and, most importantly, how to manage the political factors influencing the evaluation process? Can one ensure evaluator's independence at all? What are the safeguards you need to put in place to avoid being instrumentalised and to maintain professionalism? How to respond to threats to your professional integrity and how to manage the conflict of interests?

You will find answers to these and other similar questions that M&E practitioners face in the Certificate Online Course on Managing the Politics of Evaluation. The course will also explore strategies for dealing with “political pressures” on the evaluator – and those appropriate for acting as a safeguard to the professional integrity of the internal evaluation manager.

Are you thinking of changing your career path and becoming an Evaluation Consultant? Wondering how to set-up as a consultant and find your niche, how to find work, and to diversify and grow an evaluation consultancy? This course provides an opportunity to learn about business insights from a trainer who has effectively managed his evaluation consultancy for more than 15 years.

Effective Evaluation Report writing skills are crucial for professionals in Monitoring and Evaluation. The course aims to develop those skills in a systematic manner by covering all aspects of evaluation report writing, from structuring the report to organising an effective follow-up on recommendations. Learning points and practical exercises are combined to develop skills in putting together an effective and engaging evaluation report.

This course lays the ground for M&E to make vital contributions to incentivise change and measure performance. The course considers challenges in current M&E practice, introduces a tool-box of evaluation techniques and shows where these can be best applied. Ways of promoting early participation and the engagement of key stakeholders are explored and a step-by-step action plan to improve practice of M&E is provided.

Click here for full TRAAS International cCourse brochure

Past events

Developmental Evaluation Convening: 25-29 April 2018

Developmental evaluation convening, April 25-29, Bali Indonesia. A rare opportunity to learn from internationally leading developmental evaluators, Kate McKegg, Nan Wehipeihana and Nora Murphy. Over the course of a week you will grow your practice-based knowledge and skills, deepen your understanding of developmental evaluation and become part of a global developmental evaluation communnity. Find out more by clicking here.


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Evaluations that Make a Difference: Stories from around the world

This project is supported by EvalPartners, the African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank 

eval cover 200Evaluations that Make a Difference: Stories from around the world is one of the first pieces of systematic research looking at factors that contribute to high quality evaluations that are used by stakeholders to improve programs and improve people's lives. This initiative collected stories about evaluations that made a difference, not only from the perspective of the evaluators but also from the commissioners and users. The stories in this collection tell powerful stories about the findings in the evaluations and the ways the evaluations contributed to the impact of the programs.

The report can be accessed at: https://evaluationstories.wordpress.com/evaluation-story-publications/

 

Some outstanding news is that this research supports what many of the wiser evaluators already knew. Evaluations can make a difference if evaluations:

  • Focus on making an impact
  • Give voice to the voiceless
  • Provide credible evidence
  • Use a positive approach
  • Ensure users and intended beneficiaries are actively engaged
  • Embed evaluation within the programme
  • Are recognized as important
  • Have a champion within program

This is just the beginning. Evaluators need to take a systematic approach to collecting, analyzing and using information to learn more about whether evaluations are making a difference and what factors are the most important. Yes, we need to evaluate our own work more often. Hopefully, this will inspire others to think more critically about evaluation design and implementation and to do more research into what works.


International Organization for Collaborative Outcome Management (IOCOM)

IOCOM facilitates collaboration between professionals in outcome management and development, monitoring and evaluation associations, societies and networks to strengthen the discipline in the world.

Please visit our website.