Evaluation 2016: Evaluation + Design

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Learning from Evaluation Design Failures

Session Number: 1098
Track: Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: capacity building, Failure, learning, Michael Patton, organizational learning
Session Facilitator: Michael Quinn Patton [Founder & Director - Utilization-Focused Evaluation]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Leslie Cooksy [Evaluation Director - Sierra Health Foundation]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Stephanie Evergreen [Consultant - Evergreen Data]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Michael Morris [Professor of Psychology - University of New Haven]
Time: Oct 27, 2016 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: Atrium Ballroom A

Audience Level: Beginner

Session Abstract: 

Failures in design are often the root of more general failures. This highly interactive session will begin with four distinguished and experienced evaluators sharing a personal story of evaluation design failure to demonstrate openness to sharing and learning from failures.  Audience participants will then be invited to share their design failures.  A framework for learning from failure will be demonstrated to analyze and interpret shared exemplars of design failure.  This session will demonstrate what has come to known as a Festival of Failure, or Fail-Forward Learning Event, though not officially associated with those inititaives.

Two aspects of learning from failure are important for evaluators: (1) facilitating learning from failure among the stakeholders we work with and (2) walking the talk of learning from failure by doing it ourselves.  Building competence and capacity to learn from failure requires opportunity, skill, knowledge, and practice.  This session will demonstrate these capacities in practice. 


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