Steering Group

Synonyms: 
Management Committee, Management Group, Steering committee

Evaluation management often involves a steering group, which makes the decisions about the evaluation. 

It is important to distinguish between a steering group (which makes decisions) and an advisory group (which provides advice).

Example

Research Into Use programme

The Research Into Use (RIU) programme engaged a steering committee to:

  • Assist in prioritizing and determining the strategic focus of the evaluation.
  • Assist in developing a robust and credible evaluation process.
  • Assist in the identification of strategic themes arising from the initial evaluation findings.
Steering Committee members were asked to provide either written or verbal comments on:
  • Evaluation approach paper
  • Initial findings paper
  • Key findings, conclusion and recommendations arising from the draft evaluation paper

Steering committees take time to organize and manage. Make sure that you factor in this time as a cost to project personnel. Ensure that you have the right expertise to match the type of steering committee (advice, recommendation, decision-making).

Advice

Advice for CHOOSING this option (tips and traps)

Consider whether the evaluation team will need access to additional expertise and if the Steering Committee is the best way for the team to access this expertise. Be sure to clarify the function of the committee.

Advice for USING this option (tips and traps)

Clarify the terms of reference with each committee member, ensure they understand their responsibilities and the time requirements of the role. Clarify whether the committee will meet in person or whether meetings will be virtual. Make sure you allocate time to the role of managing the committee including sending out preparatory documents and ensuring a skilled facilitator who can participate in meetings.

Consider whether the project will benefit from the Steering Committee and if it is feasible that the team gain access to the proposed personnel. Check that the expertise of each committee member matches with the role proposed. Consider whether you want to attend or participate in the Steering Committee.

Resources

Examples

Sources

http://www.researchintouse.com/impact/index.html

Date of original: 03/05/2011

Updated: 21st August 2014 - 3:24pm
A special thanks to this page's contributors
Author
Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute.
London.
Contributor
Research Fellow, RMIT University.
Melbourne.
Reviewer
Director of BetterEvaluation/ Professor of Public Sector Evaluation, Australia and New Zealand School of Government.
Melbourne.

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