AEA Conference 2016: Evaluation + Design
Oct
24
Oct 29

AEA Conference 2016: Evaluation + Design

The American Evaluation Association (AEA)'s annual conference theme is "Evaluation + Design". The AEA will bring together professionals from around the world who conduct, use, support, and study evaluation. Through this global community, the conference will explore how design and evaluation can be integrated to strengthen programs, benefit the environment, and improve the lives of people.

Provider - The American Evaluation Association

Format - Face to Face

Cost - See website for details

Duration - 6 days

 

The 12th European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference
Sep
28
Sep 30

The 12th European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference

The 12th EES Biennial Conference "Evaluation Futures in Europe and Beyond: Connectivity, Innovation, and Use"will take place in Maastricht, The Netherlands, 28 – 30 September 2016 with pre-conference workshops on 26 – 27 September 2016. Information about the Conference is available on the Conference website.

The organers would like to invite you to submit abstracts for paper, poster or panel / round table sessions within one of the following strands:

  • Evaluation Ethics, Governance, and Professionalism
    • Ethical and Professional standards
    • Evaluation-specific capacity, skills and training
    • Evaluation Associations, policies and Politics
  • Evaluation Systems, Organisations and Partnerships
    • Evaluation Systems in organisations and administrations
    • The organisational architecture of evaluations: networks and partnerships
    • Information Technology for Evaluation Teamwork
  • Evaluation Methods and Research
    • New evaluation methods and criteria to mix / combine methods in evaluations
    • The role of academic disciplines in evaluation
    • Information Technology for data collection and analysis
  • Evaluation Use, Communication and Outreach
    • Evaluation audiences and uses
    • Evaluations that make a difference
    • Information Technology for Evaluation Communication 

Provider - The European Evaluation Society

Format - Face to Face

Cost - See website for details

Duration - 3 days

Learn more - Website

Australasian Evaluation Society 2016 Conference
Sep
17
Sep 21

Australasian Evaluation Society 2016 Conference

"At the 2016 conference we are asking for proposals that contribute to the following conference themes:

  1. Social and Cultural Landscapes
  2. Organisational, Political and Economic Landscapes
  3. Natural and Built Landscapes
  4. Evaluation Landscapes

    Click here for more information on the conference themes.

    The AES is pleased to announce that Victoria Hovane, and John Owen will be keynote speakers  at aes16. 

    Provider - Australasian Evaluation Society 2016 Conference

    Format - Face to Face

    Cost - See website for details

    Duration - 5 days

     

2016 Annual [UKES] Evaluation Conference Building a Culture of Evaluation: Challenging assumptions, unpacking complexity, championing change
Apr
27
Apr 28

2016 Annual [UKES] Evaluation Conference Building a Culture of Evaluation: Challenging assumptions, unpacking complexity, championing change

Call for abstracts

Contributions are invited on methods, practice and policy from civil society, government, academia and business, both in the UK and overseas. Structured abstracts for papers, symposiums, discussion panels and posters should cover:

Theme 1:         The culture of evaluation and vice versa - practical experience of either building such a culture or evaluating cultural issues, what worked, why it worked and the pitfalls.

Theme 2:         Unpacking complexity - how to analyse a situation and make it manageable, challenging assumptions, techniques for and experience of evaluating complex issues, learning from other disciplines.

Theme 3:         Evaluation as a discipline - how to identify evaluators from different professional sectors and backgrounds and build communities of practice between and among them. What makes evaluators different and what value do they add?

Theme 4:         Communication - spreading the word about evaluation, either to help develop a culture or to champion change as a result of evaluation findings. For example, through developing toolkits, exploiting the available technology, using social media, thinking out of the box.

The closing date for receipt of abstracts for formal presentations is 13 November 2015 and for poster presentations is 11 April 2016.

For further information contact london@profbriefings.co.uk

Provider - United Kingdom Evaluation Socity

Format - Face to Face

Cost - See website for details

Duration - 2 days

 

The Next Generation of Theory and Practice: Rethinking Equity through Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment” CREA Third International Conference
Apr
20
Apr 22

The Next Generation of Theory and Practice: Rethinking Equity through Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment” CREA Third International Conference

"Unquestionably, the continuing disproportionate inequities confronting traditionally disenfranchised communities in education, poverty, health care, and rates of incarceration must remain a primary focus of our collective effort as a global CREA community. It is also critically important that we substantively incorporate the unique assets of our culturally diverse communities in evaluations and assessments to address the inequities facing these communities. We are compelled and responsible for raising questions about what is being done to address the problems by aggressively developing, implementing and advocating approaches that contribute to solutions.

THEMES

 Broadening participation in STEM and beyond

 Capacity building in global and local communities and neighborhoods

 Development of equitable measures, methods and metrics

 Policies and practices of influence and consequence

 Examples of effective models of collaborations and networks

The 2016 CREA conference issues a call for papers that demonstrate the kinds of interventions in education, health care, criminal justice, and social services that are being undertaken to address inequities. What has been attempted? What are the results? What works for whom, why, and in what circumstances?

Proposals are invited that address one or more of the following:

1. Reports of interventions/programs—We invite papers that describe interventions/programs that addressed a particular type of inequity that also includes discussions of outcomes and impacts in education, poverty, health care, and in other social sectors.

2. Development of an evidence base— We invite papers that discuss new waves of thinking about evidence of effectiveness, program impact, and interventions that target people of color including indigenous communities. To determine whether interventions/programs are successfully addressing social, health and educational inequities, we need robust evidence base not simply for purposes of problem diagnosis but also to determine the effectiveness of remedies. .

3. Theory of change— We invite papers that explore the plausibility and testability of various theories of change that address inequities in specific, local circumstances, that is, theories of cause and effect that attribute change to intervention/program's strategies and action. The focus is on how theoretical and applied research (i.e. practitioners) explain individual, intergroup, and social/ systemic change occurs, specifically how, their actions will produce positive results.

4. Instrumentation—We invite papers that address the development of measures and indicators that contribute to improved understanding of teaching and learning processes, especially measures and indicators that capture changes resulting from interventions in the teaching and learning processes of
underrepresented individuals and populations. Likewise, we invite papers that address similar issues of instrumentation in health, psychological and cultural assessment.

Provider - Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment

Format - Face to Face

Cost - See website for details

Duration - 3 days

 

Blue Marble Evaluators - Webinar 2
Apr
20
8:00 am08:00

Blue Marble Evaluators - Webinar 2

This second webinar on the Blue Marble Evaluators initiative will explore the competencies needed to evaluate complex systems change initiatives.  We will hear from Dana Mortensen, Co-Founder and Executive Director of World Savvy, on her work to understand and define global competence and explore how this framework can inform our work as evaluators.

This webinar is open to anyone interested in the project but we are particularly interested in participation and feedback from those with experience implementing and/or evaluating complex global initiatives.

Provider - World Savvy

Format - Online

Cost - Free

Duration - 1 day

 

Workshop: Development Evaluation Week - Hosted by IDEV
Apr
5
Apr 7

Workshop: Development Evaluation Week - Hosted by IDEV

The event seeks to bring together evaluators, development practitioners and other stakeholders to share experiences and gain new perspectives needed to tackle the current development agenda.

Participants are expected to include influential and renowned dignitaries, AfDB shareholders and partners, development practitioners, evaluators, decision makers, multilateral development banks and other donor agencies, civil society, academia, and non-government organizations. Attendees will have opportunities to engage in technical workshops, high-level discussions, as well as in other lively and interactive face-to-face or virtual forums. 

Evaluation Week in the African Development Bank dates back to 2006. It is one of the ways in which Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) at the AfDB achieves its strategic objectives of enhancing learning from experience, providing a basis for accountability, and promoting an evaluation culture.

Provider - Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV)

Format - Face to Face

Cost - Check website for details

Duration - 3 days

‘M&E on the Cutting Edge’ Conference - ‘Partnering for Success - How Monitoring and Evaluation can strengthen Partnerships for Sustainable Development’
Mar
17
Mar 18

‘M&E on the Cutting Edge’ Conference - ‘Partnering for Success - How Monitoring and Evaluation can strengthen Partnerships for Sustainable Development’

This international conference is organised by the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen UR, and Learning by Design, in collaboration with the PPPLab. The two-day conference (17-18 March) will connect the realities of those working in practice with ideas from people who are thought leaders on Partnerships, Monitoring and Evaluation and Sustainable Development. Keynote presentations, paper presentations, workshops, panel discussions and plenary discussions will ensure a lively and thoughtful opportunity to question one’s own practice and find inspiration for new ideas. The programme includes more than 25 contributions from all over the world. 

Provider - The Wageningen University Centre for Development Innovation

Format - Face to Face

Cost - €395

Duration - 2 days

Workshop: Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis for Public Engagement Evaluation
Mar
11
8:00 am08:00

Workshop: Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis for Public Engagement Evaluation

This practical workshop provides an introduction to how you can quantify open-ended survey data in a robust and consistent manner for public engagement evaluation purposes. Participants will have the opportunity to practice this skill in the workshop in small groups, including the process of assessing the reliability of your analysis approach. The event also covers some key introductory concepts in quantitative analysis of survey data using descriptive statistics.

Provider - Method for Change

Format - Face to Face

Cost - For profit business £145, For profit early bird £115, Non profit & unaffiliated individuals £85, Non profit early bird £75, Conc- student/unemployed £45

Duration - 1 day

Workshop: The Role of Data and Evaluation in the Cultural and Third Sector
Mar
10
8:00 am08:00

Workshop: The Role of Data and Evaluation in the Cultural and Third Sector

The cultural and third sectors are often accused of having a lack of robust data and evaluation to evidence their impact and to study public engagement. This workshop explores what types of data these sectors have, the quality of existing evaluation data and what kinds of evaluation data they still need to develop. The workshop questions the current ways of thinking about evaluation and evidence in these sectors, identifying new evaluation options and strategies which are appropriate in analysing public engagement of the cultural and third sectors.

The workshop helps to address significant questions for the cultural and third sectors. These include: 

  1. What is the role of evaluation today?

  2. How is evaluation addressed within policy and practice?

  3. How can evaluation be improved to better inform practice and policy of public engagement?

The workshop will explore what needs to be done to generate the evidence needed for practitioners, policymakers and wider stakeholders. The event also reviews current thinking and practices to enable cultural and third sector practitioners to gain a better understanding of expectations and trends in museum, cultural and third sector policy.

Provider - Methods for Change

Format - Face to Face

Cost - For Profit Business £125, For Profit Early Bird £95, Non-Profit & Unaffiliated Individuals £75, Non-Profit Early Bird £65, Conc-Student/unemployed £35

Duration - 1 day

 

Workshop: Gentle Introduction to Quantitative Public Engagement Evaluation Using Questionnaires and Observation
Mar
9
8:00 am08:00

Workshop: Gentle Introduction to Quantitative Public Engagement Evaluation Using Questionnaires and Observation

This workshop presents the state of the art in collecting quantitative evaluation data, and recognizing what is most appropriate for public engagement evaluation analysis. This small-scale event will include presentations on how to design good questionnaires and observation-based evaluations. It is aimed at those who feel uncertain about how to set up a quantitative evaluation for studying public engagement, or who are looking to explore their options.

We provide practical perspectives from both a practitioner perspective within an informal learning organization and the perspective of an external evaluator and expert in survey methodology.

This practical workshop offers the following:

  1. An introduction to questionnaire design. This includes how to evaluate existing survey questions and develop new ones for quantitative evaluations.

  2. An introduction to different question types you can use, along with their strengths and weaknesses.

  3. How to collect and quantify open-ended evaluation data such as annotated drawings.

  4. An introduction to visitor tracking, timing and other types of observation-based evaluation and how to set up the tracking and timing evaluation that connects with questionnaire feedback.

Provider - Methods for change

Format - Face to Face

Cost - For profit business £145, For profit early bird £115, Non profit & unaffiliated individuals £85, Non profit early bird £75, Conc- student/unemployed £45

Duration - 1 day

 

Workshop: Using Social Media for Public Engagement Evaluation and Feedback: Analysing Quality of Public Engagement Experience Data from Tripadvisor and Twitter
Mar
8
8:00 am08:00

Workshop: Using Social Media for Public Engagement Evaluation and Feedback: Analysing Quality of Public Engagement Experience Data from Tripadvisor and Twitter

Have you begun thinking about analysing social media for feedback and evaluation about your organisation and its activities? This publicly available source of data can offer great value in terms of gaining insights into the views and experiences of your customers and audiences. However, social media also bring with them specific methodological and practical issues that must be taken into account to gain accurate evaluation results. This workshop presents cutting edge knowledge about such data, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of different options. The event provides practical solutions alongside important ‘health warnings’ about the limitations of this kind of data. This practical workshop offers the following:

  1. An introduction to the strengths and limitations of using social media data for evaluation and feedback.
  2. A detailed discussion of Twitter as a source of evaluation and quality of experience data.
  3. Examples showing what your organisation can (and can’t) learn from analysing the content of people’s responses on Twitter.
  4. How to use TripAdvisor data for evaluation and feedback purposes.

Provider - Methods for Change

Format - Face to Face

Cost - For profit business £145, For profit early bird £115, Non profit & unaffiliated individuals £85,  Non profit early bird £75 Conc- student/unemployed £45

Duration - 1 day

AEA Coffee Break Demonstration: Integrative Propositional Analysis - A More Rigorous, Transparent Way to Structure Program Models
Feb
18
9:00 am09:00

AEA Coffee Break Demonstration: Integrative Propositional Analysis - A More Rigorous, Transparent Way to Structure Program Models

Integrative Propositional Analysis (IPA) is a new easier, rigorous, transparent way to create, evaluate, and improve our program models. Unlike other methods, it provides a way to quantitatively assess and compare models based on their internal logic-structures. Here, we begin with a brief description of the supporting research stream, then demonstrate how to use IPA to benefit evaluation planning. A key learning is the improved ability to communicate evaluation findings to support program development and success.

Provider - American Evaluation Assocation (AEA)

Format - Online (Webinar)

Cost - See website for details

Duration - 1 day

Global Evaluation Week
Nov
30
Dec 4

Global Evaluation Week

EvalPartners, the global movement to strengthen national evaluation capacities for equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluation systems, in partnership with Parliamentarian Forum for Development Evaluation, Community of Evaluators South Asia, IOCE and UN Women, is pleased to announce the Global Evaluation Week to commemorate the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) and to launch the 2016-2020 Global evaluation agenda. The main EvalYear ceremony will be held in the Parliament of Nepal to strengthen an enabling environment for evaluation, including by promoting engagement of policy makers in evaluation and use of evidence from evaluation in policy-making. 

Building Bridges: Use of evaluation for decision making and policy influence
Nov
23
Nov 27

Building Bridges: Use of evaluation for decision making and policy influence

  • Kathmandu Nepal

The primary  theme  for  the  collaborative  event  ‘Building  bridges:  Use  of  Evaluation  for  decision making and policy influence’ is to bring state and non‐state actors together on the same platform to facilitate transformative changes in policy and practice for developing countries around the world as we move into post‐MDG world. Globally, countries are faced with enormous problems of poverty, inequity, gender violence and conflict, and the need for sustainable development has become more critical than ever. While historically, civil society and donors have largely driven building evaluation skills, state and non‐state actors are increasingly recognizing the need to evaluate government‐ supported national, state and local social sector programmes so that decisions for policy and practice are made on credible evidence.

Exemplary Evaluations in A Multicultural World: Learning from Evaluation's Successes Across the Globe
Nov
9
Nov 14

Exemplary Evaluations in A Multicultural World: Learning from Evaluation's Successes Across the Globe

  • American Evaluation Association

Let us come together in 2015, evaluation professionals and other stakeholders from all regions of the world, and collectively learn from the best of evaluation. Let us imagine what evaluation could be in the future, and use our proceedings to help create a truly Global Evaluation Community. Please bring your exemplary evaluation work, enthusiasm for the hope that through good evaluation we can create a better future, and join others attending AEA’s Evaluation 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. We are eager to engage with you at what promises to be an inspiring, multi-cultural, and extraordinary evaluation conference!

Conference: “Evaluating Sustainable Development” Thailand
Oct
26
Oct 30

Conference: “Evaluating Sustainable Development” Thailand

  • Millennium Hilton

The conference has been organized in close cooperation with UNDP’s conference on National Evaluation Capacities. UNDP’s Independent Evaluation Office, in partnership with the Government of Thailand and the UNDP Regional Bureau of Asia and the Pacific, will organize the fourth International Conference on National Evaluation Capacity (NEC) at the same dates as the IDEAS Global Assembly and in the same conference facility. 

 IDEAS Global Assembly
Oct
26
Oct 30

IDEAS Global Assembly

  • Millennium Hilton

The theme of the Global Assembly will be “Evaluating Sustainable Development”. This theme recognizes the move towards integrating sustainability in development, as illustrated in the sustainable development goals which the UN is expected to adopt as successors to the millennium development goals.

5th Biennial South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association Conference 2015
Oct
12
Oct 16

5th Biennial South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association Conference 2015

  • The Hilton Hotel Sandton

SAMEA's founding objectives include the promotion of high quality intellectual, ethical and professional standards in monitoring and evaluation, an increase in the use of theory and practice, as well as the development and adoption of methods and approaches suitable for our context. Thus, contributing to a growing body of knowledge around evaluation theory, design and methods, as well as developing the capacities of evaluators, especially new evaluators, finds prominence in the conference under the sub-theme approaches, designs and methods for monitoring, evaluating and conveying development impact.

Joint conference: Making effective use of evaluations in an increasingly complex world
Sep
30
8:30 am08:30

Joint conference: Making effective use of evaluations in an increasingly complex world

  • European Evaluation Society

While evaluation has been embraced worldwide as a modern public governance and management tool, it can be reasonably argued that the trend in effective evaluation use and impact lags significantly behind the development of evaluation institutionalisation and the resulting growth in evaluation activities and outputs. This conference, in bringing together international, regional and national level users and producers of evaluations, aims to improve understanding of why this is the case and to provide an impetus to bridging the gap between evaluation supply and demand that otherwise risks becoming wider, given the challenges faced by policymakers in an increasingly complex world.

5th Biennial International Conference of Sri Lanka Evaluation Association
Sep
15
Sep 18

5th Biennial International Conference of Sri Lanka Evaluation Association

  • Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA) is a voluntary civil society organisation established in 1999, by an interested group of professionals from the government, private sector and non-governmental organisations. The objective of the establishment of SLEvA was to promote an evaluation culture as an integral element in the development process of Sri Lanka.  One of the flagship events conducted by SLEvA is the Biennial international conference in Sri Lanka which attracts both local and foreign presentations and participation. 

Australasian Evaluation Society Conference 2015
Sep
7
Sep 9

Australasian Evaluation Society Conference 2015

  • Australasian Evaluation Society Inc

The UN’s designation of 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation advocates and promotes evaluation and evidence-based policy making at international, regional, national and local levels. The AES 15 International Evaluation Conference provides a platform to engage with that global dialogue. Together we will use evaluation to bring together our values, hopes, thinking, skills, and experiences in pursuit of a better tomorrow.

 

The contribution of evaluation to Latin American development
Jul
15
Jul 17

The contribution of evaluation to Latin American development

  • San José Costa Rica

A conference on evaluation and development is to take place in San José, Costa Rica, from 15 to 17 July. Supported by FOCEVAL, the event is being organised in the framework of cooperation between Universidad de Costa Rica and Saarland University, a collaboration funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst; DAAD). Marking the International Year of Evaluation 2015, the conference will focus on the question of "The contribution of evaluation to Latin American development – dialogue between policymaking and evaluation".

ANZEA 2015 Conference
Jul
6
Jul 9

ANZEA 2015 Conference

  • Anzea

In celebrating the Year of Evaluation the ANZEA 2015 Conference theme invites you to consider the contribution of evaluation to creating a better Aoteaora New Zealand and Pacific.