What do project teams need to succeed? Supporting quality work in team-based evaluation practice

Session Number: 2572
Track: Evaluation Managers and Supervisors
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: evaluation quality
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Joelle Katherine Greene, PhD [Director - Harder+Company Community Research]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Amy L. Ramos [Research Associate - Harder+Company Community Research]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Fontane Lo [Senior Impact Assessment & Learning Officer - James Irvine Foundation]
Time: Oct 31, 2018 (05:45 PM - 06:30 PM)
Room: CC - 11

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Producing high quality work in team-based environments poses challenges for both internal and external evaluators alike, regardless of organization size, focus or project scope. How can organizational leaders support teams, who are the closest to the work, to anticipate and monitor the threats to high quality work? In this demonstration we will share an approach to support quality evaluation to project team via the Technical Insight Process (TIP). TIP is based on the assumption that project teams are best suited to identify the threats to the quality of their own work. Through a facilitated process that engages the entire project team, teams determine areas of risk and develop strategies to mitigate threats to quality from the start. In this demonstration session, we will share our team engagement process and lessons learned from our first two years of implementation.