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Eight Free Training Webinars - AEA Coffee Break Webinar Series

You can learn from eight webinars produced by BetterEvaluation, in partnership with the American Evaluation Association and the assistance of Stephanie Evergreen and Susan Kistler. They are useful for evaluators and for evaluation managers.

You can access recordings of the webinars,  copies of the presentation slides, and a handy take away overview of evaluation methods and options, through the links below.  

The webinars provide an overview of the different tasks involved in planning, managing and conducting an evaluation, organised into 7 clusters. 

  1. Overview of Rainbow Framework for Evaluation – Irene Guijt
  2. Define What Is To Be Evaluated – Simon Hearn
  3. Frame the Boundaries of the Evaluation – Patricia Rogers
  4. Describe Activities, Results and Context – Irene Guijt
  5. Understand Causes of Outcomes and Impacts – Jane Davidson
  6. Synthesize Data from One or More Evaluations – Patricia Rogers
  7. Report and Support Use of Findings – Simon Hearn
  8. Manage an Evaluation – Kerry Bruce
 

 

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Overview of Rainbow Framework for Evaluation – Irene Guijt

This webinar, part 1 in an 8-part series, provides an overview of the tasks involved in planning and conducting an evaluation. These tasks are grouped into 7 clusters shown in the BetterEvaluation ‘Rainbow Framework’. An evaluation plan sets out how to (1) Define what is to be evaluated, (2) Frame the boundaries of the evaluation, (3) Describe activities, outcomes, impacts and context, (4) Understand Causes of outcomes and impacts, (5) Synthesize data from one or more evaluations, (6) Report and Support Use of findings, and (7) Manage the evaluation. In each webinar, the expert presenter will discuss one of the evaluation steps in the framework and outline the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator. All webinars in this particular series are open to the public.

This webinar has taken place, watch the recording below [20 mins]:

Click here to download the Overview of the Rainbow Framework slides [1.75MB].


Define What Is To Be Evaluated – Simon Hearn

This webinar, part 2 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on tasks to define what is to be evaluated – developing an initial description, developing or refining the program theory/theory of change, and identifying possible unintended results. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator. All webinars in this particular series are open to the public.

This webinar has taken place, watch the recording below [20 mins]:

Click here to download the Define slides [2.14MB].


Frame the Boundaries of the Evaluation – Patricia Rogers

This webinar, part 3 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on tasks to frame the evaluation – deciding the purpose(s) of the evaluation, the key evaluation questions, and determining what success looks like for the intervention. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator. All webinars in this particular series are open to the public.

This webinar has taken place, watch the recording below [20 mins]:

Click here to download the Frame slides [5.75MB].


Describe Activities, Results and Context – Irene Guijt

This webinar, part 4 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on tasks to answer descriptive evaluation questions – deciding sampling strategies, developing or selecting measures and indicators, collecting or retrieving data in other ways, managing and analysing data, and combining qualitative and quantitative data. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator. All webinars in this particular series are open to the public.

This webinar has taken place, watch the recording below [20 mins]:

Click here to download the Describe slides [8.18MB].


Understand Causes of Outcomes and Impacts – Jane Davidson

This webinar, part 5 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on tasks to answer causal evaluation questions – using research designs and other strategies to understand the contribution of a program or policy to observed results. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator. All webinars in this particular series are open to the public.

This webinar has taken place, watch the recording below [20 mins]:

Click here to download the Understand Causes slides [1.41MB].


Synthesize Data from One or More Evaluations – Patricia Rogers

This webinar, part 6 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on combining data from one evaluation or from many evaluations to make overall evaluative judgments – including different approaches to systematic review of existing literature. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator. All webinars in this particular series are open to the public.

This webinar has taken place, watch the recording below [20 mins]:

Click here to download the Synthesize slides [1.4MB]


Report and Support Use of Evaluation – Simon Hearn

This webinar, part 7 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on tasks to report findings and to support use of them – including ways of developing reporting media, strategies to improve accessibility, develop recommendations, and assist individuals and organisations to understand and use findings. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator. All webinars in this particular series are open to the public.

This webinar has taken place, watch the recording below [20 mins]:

Click here to download the Report and Support Use slides [3.27MB]


Manage an Evaluation – Kerry Bruce

This webinar, part 8 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on tasks to manage an evaluation – including understanding and engaging stakeholders, establishing decision-making processes for the evaluation, deciding who will conduct it, securing resources, defining evaluation standards, documenting agreements (including contractual arrangements) and formal evaluation plans and developing evaluation capacity. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator. All webinars in this particular series are open to the public.

This webinar has taken place, watch the recording below [20 mins]:

Click here to download the Manage an Evaluation slides [3.79MB]