AES Alert: Evaluating in a Pandemic, 14th May 2020
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14 MAY 2020
Latest AES Blog: Evaluating in a Pandemic: Why and How and When?
Over the last couple of months, evaluators around the world have been grappling with the question of whether and how we evaluate in the COVID-19 context. What can and should be done now, and what should wait? How can we be most useful? Click here to check out the latest AES blog written by Jade Maloney from ARTD Consultants and member of the AES Blog working group.
In this Alert we’re continuing to share tips, tricks, and resources for evaluators working from home, especially related to changing work practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to the contributors. There are further resources in the 'of interest' section in this AES Alert.
AES ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS
We are currently working with a team from our regional member network committees to bring our members and the wider evaluation community a series of online facilitated sessions. These will be provide an opportunity to e-meet with evaluation colleagues, to stay connected and share their experiences in a safe and confidential space. Details of the first sessions will be released next week.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING EVENTS
WORKSHOPS - Online Delivery
Thursday 28th May AND Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Date and time: 1 day workshop over two sessions: Thursday 28th May AND Tuesday 2nd June 2020, 9.30am to 12.30pm AEST (registration from 9.15am) Registrants are to attend both sessions.
This workshop is targeted at new, emerging or experienced evaluators seeking to consolidate their understanding of the field. It discusses key concepts, terms and approaches that are relevant to commissioning or conducting evaluation projects. It includes a 7-step approach to the completion of high-quality evaluation projects, with practical tools and guidance material provided to support your evaluation practice improvement over time. The course leaves attendees with an expanded toolkit for use, along with references to further sources of information to continue building evaluation skills and knowledge.
Friday 29th May 2020
Date and time: Friday 29th May 2020, 9am to 4:30pm AWST (registration from 8.30am)
This workshop is offered in partnership with Institute for Public Administration Australia WA (IPAA WA).
Many people fear evaluation because they think it’s all about being judged. But when done well evaluation provides useful feedback to aid in decision-making and improves projects, ultimately leading to positive social change. This 1 day workshop introduces participants to basic concepts related to evaluating projects and programs. The workshop is designed to de-mystify the evaluation process exploring such topics as: fit for purpose evaluation processes and approaches; interpreting data and producing findings; engaging with stakeholders; the nature and use of evaluation; ethics in evaluation; and key issues and trends in the field of evaluation. Participants will be equipped to develop the right evaluation strategy to suit an organisations program needs, within budget and to satisfy information and reporting needs.
Wednesday 17th June AND Thursday 25th June 2020
Date and time: 1 day workshop over two sessions: Wednesday 17th June AND Thursday 25th June 2020, 9.30am to 12.30pm AEST (registration from 9.15am) Registrants are to attend both sessions.
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the workshop start time
Facilitator: Dr. Samantha Abbato
Register online by: 12 June 2020. Spaces limited to 23 participants from Australia and NZ and international AES members.
Fees (GST inclusive): Members $260, Non-members $425, Student member $125, Student non-member $210
Many professionals acknowledge the value that outcomes evaluation has in evidencing the difference programs and projects are making and providing important information for improvement. However, a major block to evaluating outcomes of programs and projects is understanding the language, knowing the steps and where to start. In this workshop we support participants through the initial steps of outcome evaluation without the jargon. The purpose is to provide participants with a grounding in the foundations of evaluation including identifying evaluation purpose and questions, mapping and understanding stakeholders and building a program model. In addition to skills in the practical foundations of outcomes evaluation, participants are guided on an evaluation pathway to through do-able steps for their own programs.
Throughout the workshop, participants have the opportunity to be supported in working on their own program evaluation plans through the completion of activity templates, tailored feedback and assistance, presentations, and group discussions.
Tuesday 19th May 2020
Date and time: Tuesday 19th May 2020 4.00 - 5.00pm ACST
Wednesday 20th May 2020
Date and time: Wednesday 20th May 2020 5.30 - 7.00pm AEST
Please note that other AES workshops are currently being planned and details will be available shortly. Please check the AES online events calendar: https://www.aes.asn.au/professional-learning/calendar-of-events.html and keep an eye on your inbox.
EvalPartners' e-Courses on Development Evaluation
EvalPartners, in cooperation with several partners, is pleased to announce that registrations are open for the second 2020 cohort of the free introductory e-Courses on Development Evaluation. The e-learning is free and open to all interested evaluators. You may attend virtually from your personal or work computer anywhere in the world. The course includes on-line lectures, reading material and multi-choose tests. On successful completion of the e-learning course you will be able to print out a certificate of virtual attendance.
Eval4Action's Twitter Chat on Evaluation, COVID-19 and the SDGs, 21 May 2020
You are invited to join the Twitter Chat and participate in this first global and inclusive conversation on evaluation, COVID-19 pandemic and SDGs. Whether you are an individual evaluator, a VOPE member, parliamentarian, academic, or just curious about evaluation, you are welcome to join the Twitter Chat. Together lets create a buzz on social media, to put a spotlight on evaluation during the COVID-19 pandemic and ways in which evaluation can be made even stronger during this global crisis to achieve the SDGs. Click here for more information.
ARTD's Business as Unusual webinar: Empowerment Evaluation with David Fetterman, 20 May 2020
If you are wondering how your organisation, your team or your program are faring and what is important as we take the first steps out of strict social distancing measures, evaluation has a lot to offer. But it can seem overwhelming, overly resource-intensive and exclusive. Enter empowerment evaluation. It seeks to challenge power dynamics by opening up evaluation to all and encouraging discussion at all levels.
Join ARTD and David Fetterman on Wednesday 20 May 2020 at 9.00am AEST, to learn more about empowerment evaluation and how it might benefit your organisation. Click here to register.
Upcoming Clear Horizon Academy events
Measurement, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) – Complete Course – Starts 6th July
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Using Data Analysis and Visualisation to Drive Impact – Starts 25th May
This introductory Power BI course isn’t just about creating stunning reports. It’s about getting the right information to the right audience to make strategic, evidence-based decisions. With dataset examples from community programs, you'll learn how to use Power BI to improve reporting, support data-driven decision making, and see impact in real-time. And you'll be given all the cheat sheets, practical applications and support you need to start applying what you learn to your work immediately. Enter the coupon aes15 when you register online to receive a 15% discount.
Research Impact Summit 2020, 24 - 25 August 2020
The 2020 Research Impact Summit features over 20 speaker sessions led by knowledge translation and research impact experts, researchers, proven practitioners and influencers from government, policy and business. For more information on this free, online event go to https://researchimpactsummit.com/
AES ONLINE SERVICES
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