AES conference (in Wellington) registration opens – Davidson workshop available

Registration for the Australasian Evaluation Society conference in Wellington has just opened and there’s an impressive pre-conference workshop line-up, including one from Jane Davidson entitled: Actionable answers for real-world decision makers: Real evaluation nuts and bolts that deliver.

Summary of workshops

Date Time Topic Presenters
Monday 30 August 8.30am to 4.30pm Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) Jess Dart, Clear Horizon
Monday 30 August 8.30am to 4.30pm Introduction to Realist Evaluation Design Gillian Westhorp, Community Matters
Monday 30 August 8.30am to 4.30pm Linking Evaluation and Social Justice Donna Mertens, Gallaudet University
Monday 30 August 8.30am to 4.30pm Introducing Developmental Evaluation Kate McKegg, The Knowledge Institute Ltd; Nan Wehipeihana
Monday 30 August 8.30am to 12.30pm Using Evaluation for Policy: Rapid Evidence Assessments (REAs) Rowena Cave, Ministry of Justice
Monday 30 August 1.30pm to 5.30pm Using Programme Logic in Multi-Level Multi-Site Programme Evaluations John Owen, Centre for Program Evaluation
Tuesday 31 August 8.30am to 4.30pm Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks Anne Markiewicz, Anne markiewicz and associates
Tuesday 31 August 8.30am to 4.30pm Evaluation design and implementation Elliot Stern
Tuesday 31 August 8.30am to 4.30pm Actionable answers for real-world decision makers: Real evaluation nuts and bolts that deliver Jane Davidson, Real Evaluation Ltd.
Tuesday 31 August 8.30am to 4.30pm The power of the visual image: Using photo based data collection techniques to enhance participation and dissemination Diane McDonald, Centre for Programme Evaluation; Rosalind Hurworth, University of Melbourne; Pamela St Leger, University of Melbourne
Tuesday 31 August 8.30am to 12.30pm An Introduction to the Most significant Change – uses and aplications of the technique Tracey Delaney, Consultant
Tuesday 31 August 8.30am to 12.30pm (Re)Discovering How Applied Systems Theory Improves Evaluation Planning and Performance Reporting when Working with Multi-Level and Multi-Programme Interventions Jerome Winston, CeDRE
Tuesday 31 August 1.30pm to 5.30pm Evaluative Reasoning, Evidence & Use Thomas Schwandt, University of Illinois
Tuesday 31 August 1.30pm to 5.30pm Designing improved performance measurement systems Graham Smith, Numerical Advantage Pty. Ltd.

It’s possible to sign up for a workshop without registering for the full conference, but the conference itself is likely to be a great one!

Check out the list of keynote speakers:

  • Roger Maaka, an academic who has studied and advised on indigenous issues internationally.
  • Donna Mertens is past president of the American Evaluation Association and editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, as well as a professor at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.
  • Thomas Schwandt is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and  a member of a standing committee of the National Research Council of the US National Academies of Sciences.
  • Elliot Stern is Professor of Evaluation Research at  Lancaster University and the current editor of  Evaluation: the international journal of theory, research and practice.
  • Jane Davidson, formerly the Associate Director of the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University, Jane now heads an evaluation consulting firm in Auckland, New Zealand.

Actionable Evaluation Bootcamp – anzea session handouts

Handouts (PDF of Powerpoint slides) for:

Actionable Evaluations: A Bootcamp for Commissioners, Managers and Evaluators

E. Jane Davidson & Nan Wehipeihana

Abstract:

Let’s face it. Every year there are evaluations that bitterly disappoint client organisations by failing to produce actionable answers to important evaluative questions. Weak evaluations frequently lack incisive evaluation questions; employ the wrong methodology for the questions; get lost in the details; skip over the crucial ‘values’ step and therefore can’t draw evaluative conclusions; uncritically accept stated objectives as the only evaluative criteria; focus only on the average effect; fail to adequately triangulate and transparently weave sources of evidence; toss causation into the ‘too hard basket’ while still claiming to have documented ‘outcomes’; and fail to clearly communicate findings. This session will help managers and commissioners of evaluations see the possibilities so they can become informed and demanding consumers of real, genuine, actionable evaluation. You will get important pointers for writing RFPs and managing selection processes with a better chance of attracting a shorter list of high quality proposals; and for effectively managing the evaluation so as to maximise the chances of getting clear, authentic, actionable answers to high priority questions. Evaluators will also be interested in hearing about how their work can better meet the needs of clients and other stakeholders.

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Actionable Evaluations: A Bootcamp for Commissioners, Managers and Evaluators (Wellington, May 5, 2010)

What: Actionable Evaluations: A Bootcamp for Commissioners, Managers and Evaluators

Presenters: E. Jane Davidson & Nan Wehipeihana

Hosted by: anzea Regional Symposium

Location: Te Puni Kōkiri House, Wellington

When: May 5, 2010, time TBA

How to sign up: Registrations are due Thurs April 21st! (click link to open PDF brochure & registration form)

Abstract:

Let’s face it. Every year there are evaluations that bitterly disappoint client organisations by failing to produce actionable answers to important evaluative questions. Weak evaluations frequently lack incisive evaluation questions; employ the wrong methodology for the questions; get lost in the details; skip over the crucial ‘values’ step and therefore can’t draw evaluative conclusions; uncritically accept stated objectives as the only evaluative criteria; focus only on the average effect; fail to adequately triangulate and transparently weave sources of evidence; toss causation into the ‘too hard basket’ while still claiming to have documented ‘outcomes’; and fail to clearly communicate findings. This session will help managers and commissioners of evaluations see the possibilities so they can become informed and demanding consumers of real, genuine, actionable evaluation. You will get important pointers for writing RFPs and managing selection processes with a better chance of attracting a shorter list of high quality proposals; and for effectively managing the evaluation so as to maximise the chances of getting clear, authentic, actionable answers to high priority questions. Evaluators will also be interested in hearing about how their work can better meet the needs of clients and other stakeholders.


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Past conference presentations (pre-2010)

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