Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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(74) Using a Policy Framework to Develop Astute Recommendations: A Checklist and Case Study

Session Number: 74
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: Gail Vallance Barrington, PhD, FCMC, CE [President - Barrington Research Group, Inc.]
Time: Nov 11, 2017 (02:00 PM - 05:00 PM)
Room: Delaware B

Theme: Select one
Audience Level: Advanced
Learning Outcomes (PD Workshops): • Prepare and use evidence tables,
• Report findings in comprehensive and effective ways,
• Craft conclusions and develop recommendations with the greatest impact;
• Use a policy checklist to review a brief case study.

Session Abstract (150 words):  Too often we are pressed for time at the end of our studies and do not give adequate attention to developing the conclusions and recommendations that are likely to have the most impact. In this half-day advanced workshop, we will explore theory and techniques that can be applied to maximizing the impact of evaluation results for clients. Using a policy perspective, participants will discuss considerations when drawing conclusions and will think about strategies to develop meaningful recommendations. We will explore constraints and biases that work against useful study outcomes; review a policy framework and a draft policy checklist; discuss strategies to marshal evidence and develop astute recommendations; and apply the checklist to a brief case study. Participants will take away some fresh ideas as well as some useful tools and techniques to increase the utilization of evaluation findings in their own evaluation contexts.


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