Being an Evaluator:
A Journey into the World of Evaluation Practice Overview
Being an Evaluator Course Description
Are you new to the field of evaluation? Are you wondering what it’s all about? Will you be commissioning an evaluation? This course will demystify the evaluation journey and explore the choices, roles and challenges that evaluators must navigate in the real world. Join us for a three module course designed to help explore the world of evaluation practice. Case studies, exercises and small group conversations will help participants learn how to clarify interventions, identify beneficiaries, gather data, discuss results, and develop recommendations, all the while fostering a reflective, ethical and culturally sensitive evaluation practice. Classes will take place online via Adobe Connect or Zoom.
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Module 1: Evaluation 101
In this first module we will review monitoring and evaluation terminology, distinguish between evaluation and research, sort out the problem statement, recognizing its importance in the whole evaluation journey, and think about stakeholders, who they are and why they matter? We will explore the difference between facts and assumptions, look at methods of inquiry and think about what it means to have credible data, credible evidence, and credible evaluations. We will wrap up by illustrating how to make an intervention evaluable by linking a problem statement with an intervention and results. Participants will explore how to break down results so that they are assessable and measurable and recognize the importance of having a program logic model and theory of change be explicit and go hand in hand.
Module 2: The Maze of Evaluation Choices
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