New Evaluators in New Frontiers: Innovative Approaches to Link Program and Evaluation Design

Session Number: 2683
Track: Graduate Student and New Evaluators
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: evaluation redesign, evaluation use, Graduate Students, international development evaluation, new evaluators, utilization-focused evaluation
Session Facilitator: Sierra Frischknecht [Senior Program Assistant - Social Impact]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Marina Yalon
Time: Oct 29, 2016 (09:45 AM - 10:30 AM)
Room: L507

Audience Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Session Abstract: 

Organizations often understand the value of both exemplary program and evaluation design, but face challenges integrating the two. This presents a challenge for all evaluators, but particularly for new evaluators as they aim to be methodologically sound and responsive to their clients’ needs. This roundtable discussion will share examples from the work of recent graduates of Georgetown University’s Global Human Development Program as a springboard to discuss evaluation and program design challenges faced by new evaluators. The session will briefly present three to four case studies highlighting different evaluation and design challenges, such when the outcome is unclear or traditional evaluation techniques fall short, or in consulting with a client on how to better link both evaluation and program design. These challenges will serve as the basis for subsequent roundtable breakout sessions, where participants will discuss how to address these and other issues new evaluators may face.