A Blueprint for Evaluation Success!

Session Number: 1362
Track: Use and Influence of Evaluation
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: accelerating evaluation theory, practice, Learning and Adaptive Management, utilization focused, utilization-focused evaluation
Presenter 1: Eric Benschoter [Director of Strategic Markets - The QED Group, LLC]
Presenter 2: Heiwote Aberra [The QED Group, LLC]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Eric Benschoter [Director of Strategic Markets - The QED Group, LLC]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Heiwote Aberra [The QED Group, LLC]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (04:30 PM - 05:30 PM)
Room: CC M100 G

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Every evaluator dreams that her work will make a difference and lead to action! To do this, our job as evaluators must go beyond simply producing a high-quality evaluation. We must help our clients understand how to process and apply the evidence we have generated, to effectively influence decision-making and action. At QED, we have developed a Learning Architecture which provides a multitude of tools or ‘building blocks’ that create a structure for learning, within which organizations can translate evidence into a blueprint for action.  

During this demonstration session, presenters will introduce the Learning Architecture concept and its individual building blocks, in a game format. After this introduction, participants (in small groups) will have an opportunity to play the game and apply our problem-solving techniques by designing a blueprint to move from gathering and processing evidence to using evidence for action within their ‘organization’ through a variety of scenarios.