Evaluation 2016: Evaluation + Design

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Combining co-design processes and evaluative inquiry in designing projects and programs

Session Number: 1677
Track: Program Design
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: community-based participatory research, DesignThinking, Stakeholder engagement
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Kaye Stevens [Research Fellow - RMIT University]
Time: Oct 29, 2016 (09:45 AM - 10:30 AM)
Room: A703

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

This demonstration will show how co-design processes can be usefully combined with systematic, empirical evaluative inquiry to design and evaluate projects and programs.

Co-design processes explicitly identify groups of stakeholders (or primary and secondary ‘customers’ such as intended beneficiaries, service providers and funders) and seek the diverse perspectives of these stakeholders in building initial theories of change. The assumptions underlying these initial theories are explicitly identified and tested resulting in refined theories of change.

Elements of planned interventions are prototyped (often using physical artefacts), tested, evaluated and revised, often multiple times, prior to the program’s implementation. This approach to program design embeds evaluative processes into the development of the program. 

Evaluators can make significant contributions to co-design processes by: identifying assumptions about the nature of the problem; designing ways to evaluate these assumptions; building theories of change; and evaluating outcomes. 

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