Events

BetterEvaluation lists events as a service to the evaluation community.
We do not officially endorse these events unless they are noted as a BetterEvaluation event.

Here is some upcoming events of interest to the evaluation community. Please don't hesitate to suggest an event.

Open online courses

Effective and Creative Evaluation Report Writing - In this course, students will learn best practices for effective and creative report writing specific to evaluation reports. Learning points and practical exercises are combined to develop skills in putting together an effective and engaging evaluation report.

Cutting-Edge Monitoring & Evaluation: A Guide for Practitioners - This course lays the ground for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) by considering challenges in current M&E practice, introducing a tool-box of evaluation techniques and showing where these can be best applied. 

February

Workshop

Influencing Human Behaviour: Solutions for public policy
Australia - 23rd February 2017 to 24th February 2017 - Paid

BehaviourWorks Australia team Dr Liam Smith and Mark Boulet will give participants the opportunity to apply new knowledge, skills and tools to their current projects and programs. 

March

Seminar

Complexity Thinking for Complex Evaluations
Australia - 6th March 2017 - Free

Experience tells us that our working environments are made up of constantly changing circumstances set against a backdrop of diverse – and often contrasting – stakeholder opinions and goals. This perennial reality is challenging enough without being handed down evaluation and management tools that are ill-equipped to deal with dynamic and contested worlds. The purpose of this highly interactive discussion is to first shine the light on how ill-equipped mainstream evaluation tools and techniques are, and second to explore ways to adapt the tools and techniques each of us already uses today. The main aim of the seminar is that each attendee leave with at least one concrete means of making their future evaluations more compatible with the dynamism and contestation that characterises our complex world.

Course

Short Course on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning about policy influence: how to get some certainty amidst all the complexity
Online - 16th March 2017 to 13th April 2017 - Paid

This is an online course offered by the On Think Tanks School, targeted to individuals and members of think tanks and other policy research organisations who are looking for viable and innovative ways to assess how their own research influences policymaking.

Managing for sustainable development impact course 2017
Netherlands - 20th March 2017 to 7th April 2017 - Paid

The Centre for Development Innovation's course, Managing for sustainable development impact course 2017, will link the theory and concepts of the Managing for Impact (M4I) approach and put M&E at the service of your core management processes. Learning will be highly interactive; participants will receive individual coaching by peers and course facilitators and will be challenged to translate the content to an approach that is appropriate and feasible back home.

Workshop

Evaluation for the Public Sector- ANZSOG Executive workshop
Australia - 22nd March 2017 to 23rd March 2017 - Paid

ANZSOG's Dr George Argyrous and Professor Patricia Rogers (Director of BetterEvaluation) will help participants understand the conceptual and practical issues involved in evaluating public sector policies and programs, and evaluation’s role as a key tool for decision-makers. Robust and timely evaluations can be challenging to get right. Participants will learn to focus evaluation studies according to specific criteria such as purpose and stakeholder needs. Participants will understand how to apply program logic, how to set standards for evaluations to then assess the quality of evaluation reports. This program will be valuable for people in policy, program and service delivery roles who plan and conduct evaluations, assess the quality of evaluation reports, and manage others who conduct evaluation studies.

Program Logic / Theory of Change (2 days)
Australia - 29th March 2017 to 30th March 2017 - Paid

This workshop style training course introduces the program logic / theory of change concept and a step by step process for creating a logic model for programs of all types and levels of complexity. A program logic/ theory of change focuses not just on how a project is trying to achieve change, and what kinds of change, but also on who needs to change. The course includes discussion of how program logic / theory of change can be used for program design and to provide the structure for monitoring and evaluation plans. 

Advanced Program Logic (1 day)
Australia - 31st March 2017 - Paid

For deeper study of the use of program logic/theory of change we offer an extra day following our two-day course. The workshop is for experienced facilitators or those who have already attended several courses on this topic. If you have already mastered the basics and wish to find answers to more in-depth challenges or learn how to develop logic/ theory of change for more complex programs then this course is for you. 

Conference

AfrEA Conference 2017
Uganda - 27th March 2017 to 31st March 2017 - Paid

The 8th AfrEA International Conference 2017 aims to promote exchange between researchers, academia, emerging evaluators and practitioners on demand and supply of credible evaluative evidence in support of the SDGs in Africa. It will also build capacity to design, manage and use evaluations to help Governments achieve their national and international development agendas, particularly around the SDGs and the Africa2063 Agenda. This year's theme is: Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa.

April

Conference

Canadian Evaluation Society Conference - Facing Forward: Innovation, Action and Reflection
Canada - 30th April 2017 to 3rd May 2017 - Paid

The 2017 Canadian Evaluation Society Annual Conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, April 30th to May 3rd. The theme of the conference, “Facing Forward:  Innovation, Action and Reflection”, is designed to inspire evaluators at all levels to delve into the latest methods and approaches evaluators are applying in a wide range of contexts and help us explore the ways in which we can incorporate reflection into practice.

June

Conference

RDI Conference: Partnering for Impact on Sustainable Development: collaboration, coordination and solidarity
Australia - 13th June 2017 to 14th June 2017 - Paid

The Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network and the University of Sydney invite you to join the 6th RDI Conference to be held on 13-14 June 2017 in Sydney. This Conference promises to offer international development practitioners, academics, students, consultants and private sector representatives a unique opportunity to explore and develop opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and partnership. The theme for 2017, Partnering for Impact on Sustainable Development: collaboration, coordination and solidarity, builds upon the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will combine data, innovation, and expertise in analysing development impact.