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ImprovingEvaluation

Date and time: Monday 1st - Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Location: Room 8 at Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Presenter: Ian Patrick, Ian Patrick & Associates Pty Ltd
Register online by: 25 March 2019
Fees (GST inclusive): Members $770, Non-members $935, Student member $385, Student non-member $550

About the workshop

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Frameworks are becoming increasingly important for developing an agreed approach to the assessment of results achieved and to aid organisational learning. The M&E Framework identifies expected results, key evaluation questions and the means to answer these questions through routine monitoring and periodic evaluation. It also provides a guide to the implementation of M&E processes over the life of a program or other initiative. Monitoring and evaluation functions are essential to the effective operation of programs and will contribute to the overall value derived from them.

Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks support decision-making, resource allocation and a process of regular program-focused reflection and learning leading to program refinement and improvement over time. The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Act (2013) and the Department of Finance Resource Management Guide No.131 ‘Developing Good Performance Information’ (April 2015) affirm the importance of planning to identify program intentionality and to outline how a program’s performance will be measured and assessed.

This workshop follows the structure of the text book ‘Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks’ authored by Anne Markiewicz and Ian Patrick (Sage 2016). It will present a clear and staged conceptual model for the systematic development of an M&E Framework. It will examine a range of steps and techniques involved in the design and implementation of the framework; explore potential design issues and implementation barriers; cover the development of Program Theory and Program Logic; the identification of key evaluation questions; the development of performance indicators; and the identification of processes for multi-method data collection, on-going analysis and reflection based on data generated.

The facilitator will encourage interactive peer to peer dialogue to share experiences and learning, and also draw on case studies to encourage application of knowledge and skills to evaluation contexts.

Content

  • The importance and function of monitoring and evaluation processes
  • 'Table of Contents' for development of M&E Frameworks – what to do and in what order
  • Design of viable M&E frameworks
  • Application of M&E frameworks to programs
  • Key implementation challenges and barriers, and how to address them

Outcomes and Benefits

  • Understanding of the overall structure of M&E Frameworks
  • Identification of clear steps and stages involved in the development and implementation of M&E Frameworks
  • Understanding of how to best support participatory processes in the design and implementation of M&E Frameworks

Who should attend?

This workshop offers professionals from across government, universities and not-for-profit and consulting organisations foundation skills in planning for the monitoring and evaluation of an initiative, program or project. You would benefit most from the workshop if you have some prior knowledge of evaluation, particularly program theory and program logic and some practical experience with evaluation activities.

Workshop facilitator

Dr. Ian Patrick is an independent consultant and Director of Ian Patrick and Associates. His career as an evaluator extends over around 20 years and includes a focus on both Australia and the Asia Pacific region. He has broad experience across different social sectors such as health, education, law and justice, community development, and human rights and Indigenous issues. Ian has worked with a range of organisations and programs in developing monitoring and evaluation systems, and has conducted evaluation-related training programs including on Introduction to Evaluation, Participatory Approaches in Evaluation, and Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks. He was awarded the AES Best Evaluation Policy and System Award in 2012 for the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, Mongolia Australia Scholarship Program. Ian is an Honorary Senior Fellow, Development Studies Program at the University of Melbourne and was previously the leader of the evaluation practice area at the International NGO Training and Research Centre, UK.


 




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