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A new look for greater use: visual reporting at MCC

Session Number: 2519
Track: Use and Influence of Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: utilization-focused evaluation
Session Chair: Catherine Villada [Senior Program Associate for Performance Evaluation - Social Impact ]
Presenter 1: Sierra Frischknecht [Senior Associate - Social Impact]
Workshop Lead Presenter: Catherine Villada [Senior Program Associate for Performance Evaluation - Social Impact ]
Other Workshop Presenter 2: Sierra Frischknecht [Senior Associate - Social Impact]
Time: Nov 03, 2018 (09:15 AM - 10:00 AM)
Room: CC - 9

Abstract 1 Title: A new look for greater use: visual reporting at MCC
Presentation Abstract 1:

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) places a high priority on rigorous, systematic evaluations of its programs, predicated on the principles of accountability, transparency, and learning. However, technically rigorous evaluations—and particularly evaluation reports—are often too lengthy and complex to facilitate learning. To make evaluation results more accessible to broader stakeholder groups, Social Impact and MCC collaborated on a shorter, more visual summary that shared the evaluation’s findings, conclusions, methodology, and policy lessons.

This session will consist of three parts. Learning and technical representatives from MCC will discuss why they wanted a short/visual reporting structure and its rollout and reception within MCC and with broader stakeholders. Social Impact will then discuss the development process of the report, how to decide what to prioritize, and how to think about visualizing data. Finally, the panelists and participants will discuss best principles of evaluation use and how alternative reporting affects influence.


Presentation 1 Other Authors: Sarah Lane
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Monitoring and Evaluation

Casey Dunning
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Director of Results and Learning

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) places a high priority on rigorous, systematic evaluations of its programs, predicated on the principles of accountability, transparency, and learning. However, technically rigorous evaluations—and particularly evaluation reports—are often too lengthy and complex to facilitate learning. To make evaluation results more accessible to broader stakeholder groups, Social Impact and MCC collaborated on a shorter, more visual summary that shared the evaluation’s findings, conclusions, methodology, and policy lessons.

This session will consist of three parts. Learning and technical representatives from MCC will discuss why they wanted a short/visual reporting structure and its rollout and reception within MCC and with broader stakeholders. Social Impact will then discuss the development process of the report, how to decide what to prioritize, and how to think about visualizing data. Finally, the panelists and participants will discuss best principles of evaluation use and how alternative reporting affects influence.



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