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Date and time: Wednesday 17 February 2016, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Topic: Developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks
Presenter: Ian Patrick, Ian Patrick & Associates
Venue: VicHealth, Ground Floor, 15-31 Pelham St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053
RSVP by Tuesday 16 February 2016

This is a free event

Many of us who are involved in evaluation, whether through practice, research or management, have heard the critique that programs are often operated with a strong focus on monitoring, but with a neglect of evaluation. Courtesy of monitoring, those who operate programs tend to know more about what the program does, and the extent of some of the changes that are associated with it. Beyond this, things may be less known. Areas typically illuminated by evaluation such as the acceptability and significance of what is done, and why change does or doesn't occur may remain relatively unexplored. Where both monitoring and evaluation are conducted, the two functions and their results are often poorly integrated, to the detriment of the assessment of program performance.

The use of an effective Monitoring and Evaluation Framework is a significant means to avoid such constraints. Developed upfront, a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework provides a plan to promote the necessary and coordinated use of the two functions. This seminar will explore the rationale for the use of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, its conceptual basis, its key features and how it may best be used in practice. The seminar draws on the recent text, Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks (SAGE, 2015) of which Ian Patrick is joint author, together with Anne Markiewicz. The key principles of the framework used such as being evaluation-led, participatory and results orientated are discussed, and the means by which they are promoted identified. Overall, the seminar will highlight the value of use of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and the staged and transparent process by which it may be developed and applied with stakeholders. There will be opportunities for both discussion and sharing of experience with participants at the seminar.

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 conducted evaluation-related training programs including on Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks. 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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