Evaluation 2014 Conference

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(04) Actionable Evaluation

Session Number: 04
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: E Jane Davidson [Real Evaluation Ltd.]
Time: Oct 13, 2014 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Room: Mineral A

Workshop Speaker Bios:

Dr. Davidson runs her own successful evaluation coaching, training, and consulting practice, Real Evaluation Ltd, which offers evaluation workshops and professional development as a key part of her services. She has led successful workshops in the past for AEA, CES, AES, TEI, anzea, and UNISA, as well as numerous workshops tailored to specific organizations' needs. Prior to returning home to New Zealand, Jane led and taught the core evaluation courses in Western Michigan University’s Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation.


Learning Outcomes: How to write a set of big-picture overarching questions to guide the evaluation
How to use evaluative rubrics to get direct, evaluative answers to these questions, especially when there are 'intangibles' to capture
How to design interview and survey questions geared directly toward answering evaluative questions
Evaluation conceptualization and reporting tips that maximize the chances of a clear, to-the-point, and actionable evaluation
Prerequisites: Some experience with doing, using, or commissioning evaluation.
Level: Beginner

Session Abstract: 

This workshop is the antidote to evaluations that get lost in indicators, metrics, observations, and stories. If evaluation feels more like a measurement or opinion-gathering exercise; if you wonder if there's something clearer and more valuable you could be delivering for decision makers, then this workshop is for you. This workshop covers the following: • Big-picture thinking about key stakeholders, their information needs, and the evaluative questions they need answered • A hands-on introduction to evaluative rubrics as a way of directly answering those questions, especially when there are a lot of 'intangibles' to capture • Guidance for designing interview and survey questions that are easier to interpret against evaluative rubrics • A reporting structure that gets to the point, delivering direct, actionable answers that decision makers can really use (not just a laundry list of recommendations)


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Cancellation Policy: Refunds less a $50 fee will be granted for requests received in writing prior to 11:59 PM EDT September 9, 2014. Email cancellation requests to registration@eval.org. Fax request to (202) 367-2173. All refunds are processed after the meeting. After September 9, 2014 all sales are final.