This page contains tips, tricks, and resources for evaluators, especially related to changing work practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tips and Tricks
- Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO) are cataloguing COVID-19 resources almost daily on the pandemic. Click here to access the resources including reports and articles. They have also written a blog on their response to COVID-19. Click here to read. Thank you to APO for sharing.
- Migration Council Australia (MCA) has developed a multilingual resource for Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities about COVID-19, its impact and available support.
- MyAusCovid-19 app is available in 25 languages and can be downoladed from the App Store or Google Play. Go to https://www.myauscovid-19.org.au/ for more information.
- NVivo (owned by QSR) offer free webinars on qualitative and quantitative research and analysis as well as one on COVID-19 and Virtual Fieldwork - thanks to Jennifer M for sharing
- impact2020 is offering free daily webinars for the Australian for-purpose sector, covering a range of social impact topic areas with the Centre for Social Impact's innovative researchers, educators and thought leaders - thanks to Jennifer M for sharing
- The latest AEA newsletter provided some tips to looking and sounding your best online. AEA's daily blog, AEA365, is rolling out a series of Saturday posts offering reflection and information for evaluation practice during this global pandemic.
- IEG has created a COVID-19 Evaluative Resource and Lesson Library: a repository of relevant work on evidence from the responses to past crises, which offers important lessons on what worked and why.
- The IEG has also released two useful Evaluation during COVID-19 Infographics: Digital Data Collection During COVID-19 and Making Choices about Evaluation Design in times of COVID-19: A Decision Tree
- Clear Horizon has created a new blog series. Check out the latest blogs: COVID-19 screwed your MEL plans? What next and M&E and international development in COVID-19
- Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has written an article on Loneliness in the time of Covid
- Better Evaluation has started a blog series on adapting evaluation in the time of COVID-19. Read part 1 MANAGE evaluations: https://www.betterevaluation.org/blog/adapting-evaluation-time-covid-19-part-1-manage
- ARTD Consultants share their latest blogs on Sensemaking Through Uncertainty and Business as Unusual
- American Evaluation Assoication has a number of COVID-19 related blogs in their A Tip-A-Day by and for Evaluators: https://aea365.org/blog/
- The IEG - WB Group has released a framework organised around four questions to address the ethical, conceptual, and methodological challenges that are affecting evaluation work during the COVID-19 pandemic: http://ieg.worldbankgroup.org/blog/adapting-evaluation-designs-times-covid-19-coronavirus-four-questions-guide-decisions
- Adapting evaluations to the COVID-19 pandemic from the UNFPA Evaluation Office: https://www.unfpa.org/admin-resource/adapting-evaluations-covid-19-pandemic
- View the Evaluation During COVID-19 resources from the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): http://web.undp.org/evaluation/guideline/covid19.shtml
The follwing is provided with the kind assistance of the Queensland Regional Network of the AES and dedicated to information, methods and mindsets to help you continue evaluating in times of social distancing. Starting with these suggested resources from the AES Queensland Regional Committee:
- This thought piece on reflecting on the Role of Evaluator During This Global Pandemic (from Rebecca)
- This point-of-view from IPSOS on conducting research during COVID-19 (from Kylie);
- Not-for-profit technology resources to get you through COVID-19 (from Rhianon);
- This excellent crowd sourced document on COVID-friendly data collection methods from UNSW (from Kiri);
- Check out this comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources from the International Association for Public Participation (from Zahn);
- This thought piece (with great illustrations) on the importance of developing an evaluation mindset in times of crisis (from Robert);
- Abt Associates have published a whitepaper on the what public policy researchers must do to maintain quality, rigor, and scientific integrity for their work during a pandemic (from Natalie).
AES member Kym from Wellington, NZ has also shared the link to an article by Michael Patton on Evaluation Implications of the Coronavirus Global Health Pandemic Emergency.