Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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ZOOM! – An Interactive Game to Take the Mystery and Fear Out of Internal Evaluation

Session Number: 2242
Track: Internal Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: collaboration evaluation, internal evaluation, MEL approach
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Elizabeth Schepel [Managing Director - Southwest Key Programs]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Elizabeth Ortiz-Mendez, SW Key Programs [Performance & Evaluation Coordinator - SW Key Programs]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: CC - 26A

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

It is no secret that monitoring and evaluation can be two scary words for program staff who await an internal evaluation.  “Will I get in trouble?”  “Who is evaluating me?”  “What does this have to do with my Department?”  Therefore, overcoming fear and mystery about monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) is a great first step.  In this session, we present an interactive game using the storybook ZOOM (Banyai, 1995), as a training method to take the mystery and fear out of the MEL process.  For Southwest Key Programs, this has been a fun and friendly tool to engage staff in internal evaluation.  This session will be useful for program evaluation audiences, especially internal evaluators, who need creative ideas to increase buy-in among program staff.  This interactive exercise can easily be adapted to teach other evaluation concepts, such as data collection, analysis, and feedback loops.         

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