People who run programs and organizations in the public sector are not normally accountants but they do need to have a good basic understanding of how financial management works. In the same way, managers who are not professional researchers can benefit from a solid understanding of how program evaluation works. The tools of the program evaluation trade can be useful in a variety of surprising ways. Anyone who wants to make more strategic use of data when planning or making other decisions is, in a way, doing informal program evaluation.
This two-day workshop on program evaluation is organized around simple, practical steps involved in conceiving, designing and implementing an evaluation project. It is designed for managers who are responsible for initiating and overseeing evaluation projects with limited resources, but it is also an excellent introduction for someone who expects program evaluation to be a more central component of their work. We will focus on clarifying theories of change, developing evaluation questions, identifying indicators for measurement, designing data collection tools, using data strategically for planning and decision-making and communicating results in a persuasive way. We will also discuss how different evaluation approaches, such as developmental evaluation, may be appropriate in your work when traditional program evaluation doesn’t feel like a good fit.
Here's what past participants have said about this workshop:
"I enjoyed the interactive and practical side of the workshop – provided effective tools to take home. Provided great insight into the logic model and provided great tools to find logic models. Provided ongoing case examples – made it easy to follow and understand what was being presented."
"I appreciated how Andrew and Jamie promoted evaluation as a means to advocate to funders for a more meaningful and in-depth analysis of programs (i.e. not just number of people who attended a workshop but how the program affected change)."
"Andrew is a wonderful facilitator. His presentation style is inclusive and welcoming."