(36) Collaborative Mapping: Integrating Stakeholder Knowledge for Better Program Models
Session Number: 36
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
PD Workshop Lead Presenter: Bernadette Wright [Director of Research & Evaluation - Meaningful Evidence, LLC]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (08:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Room: Wed AM 36
Audience Level: Advanced
Learning Outcomes (PD Workshops): 1) How to facilitate a collaborative mapping process with stakeholders, to surface and integrate their perspectives on their situation
2) How to integrate multiple collaborative maps, to find areas of similarity and difference across stakeholder groups
3) Techniques for communicating large “messy” maps in a user-friendly way
4) How to guide conversations around a map for collaborative action-planning
5) How to select key performance indicators on your map, to focus data collection on what's most important
Prerequisites (PD Workshops): 1) Some basic knowledge of a content area that evaluation addresses (e.g. health, international development, education).<br />2) Familiarity with theories/models/maps and how they fit into the evaluation research process.<br />3) Awareness of
Session Abstract (150 words):
Evaluators have long recognized that effective evaluation centers on a good understanding of the realities of how the program or activity being evaluated functions (or is expected to function). The American Evaluation Association’s Guiding Principles include understanding the range of perspectives and interests of people and groups. Yet, many evaluations are based on a simple understanding, often represented as a logic model or theory of change, that may not fit how people see the program. In this session, you’ll learn and practice “collaborative mapping,” a technique to surface, share, and integrate stakeholders’ understandings of their situation. Importantly, this new approach to mapping helps you create program models that are more useful for tracking and program evaluation. Collaborative mapping also lets you design new programs with a greater chance of successful implementation. You’ll also learn how to use the resulting map as a framework for decision-making, communication, and data tracking.
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