Evaluation 2016: Evaluation + Design

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Systems Thinking and Evaluation Design : A short sharp introduction

Session Number: 1368
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: Evaluation Design, evaluation use, Systems Thinking
Session Facilitator: Bob Williams [Independent Evaluation and OD Consultant - All over the place]
Time: Oct 26, 2016 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)
Room: L502

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract: 

This skill building workshop is a 90minute interactive session on the use of systems concepts in evaluation design.  It forms the introduction to my existing one and two day workshops on the topic.  It covers the following evaluation design topics : 

  • determining the purposes of both the intervention to be evaluated and the evaluation
  • understanding the potential and desirable uses, influence and consequences of the evaluation
  • selecting the criteria by which evaluative judgements of merit, value or worth
  • identifying the key evaluation questions that will enable

The workshop uses three core aspects of systems approaches that have been adopted and adapted widely in recent years. 

  • understand inter-relationships (that assists deciding the appropriate scope focus and possible influence and consequences of an evaluation) ,
  • engage with multiple perspectives (which assists deciding the intervention purposes, evaluation purposes, focus and usefulness) and
  • reflect on boundary choices (which assists the identification of evaluation criteria and questions, plus usefulness, influence and consequences). 



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Cancellation Policy: Refunds less a $50 fee will be granted for requests received in writing prior to 11:59 PM EDT October 3, 2016. Email cancellation requests to registration@eval.org. Fax request to (202) 367-2173. All refunds are processed after the meeting. After October 3, 2016 all sales are final.