External Insights


RDI Conference: Partnering for Impact on Sustainable Development: collaboration, coordination and solidarity

Australia - June 13 -14, 2017

The Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network and the University of Sydney invite you to join the 6th RDI Conference to be held on 13-14 June 2017 in Sydney. This Conference promises to offer international development practitioners, academics, students, consultants and private sector representatives a unique opportunity to explore and develop opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and partnership. The theme for 2017, Partnering for Impact on Sustainable Development: collaboration, coordination and solidarity, builds upon the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will combine data, innovation, and expertise in analyzing development impact. Read more


Canadian Evaluation Society Conference - Facing Forward: Innovation, Action and Reflection

Canada - April 30 - May 3, 2017

The 2017 Canadian Evaluation Society Annual Conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, April 30th to May 3rd. The theme of the conference, “Facing Forward:  Innovation, Action and Reflection”, is designed to inspire evaluators at all levels to delve into the latest methods and approaches evaluators are applying in a wide range of contexts and help us explore the ways in which we can incorporate reflection into practice. Read more


AfrEA Conference 2017

Uganda - March 27 - 31, 2017

The 8th AfrEA International Conference 2017 aims to promote exchange between researchers, academia, emerging evaluators and practitioners on demand and supply of credible evaluative evidence in support of the SDGs in Africa. It will also build capacity to design, manage and use evaluations to help Governments achieve their national and international development agendas, particularly around the SDGs and the Africa2063 Agenda. This year's theme is: Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa. Read more


Evaluation for the Public Sector- ANZSOG Executive workshop

Australia - March 22 - 23, 2017

ANZSOG's Dr George Argyrous and Professor Patricia Rogers (Director of BetterEvaluation) will help participants understand the conceptual and practical issues involved in evaluating public sector policies and programs, and evaluation’s role as a key tool for decision-makers. Robust and timely evaluations can be challenging to get right. Participants will learn to focus evaluation studies according to specific criteria such as purpose and stakeholder needs. Participants will understand how to apply program logic, how to set standards for evaluations to then assess the quality of evaluation reports. This program will be valuable for people in policy, program and service delivery roles who plan and conduct evaluations, assess the quality of evaluation reports, and manage others who conduct evaluation studies. Read more


Managing for sustainable development impact course 2017

Netherlands - March 20 - April 7, 2017

The Centre for Development Innovation's course, Managing for sustainable development impact course 2017, will link the theory and concepts of the Managing for Impact (M4I) approach and put M&E at the service of your core management processes. Learning will be highly interactive; participants will receive individual coaching by peers and course facilitators and will be challenged to translate the content to an approach that is appropriate and feasible back home. Read more


AES Workshop: Qualitative inquiry for evaluation and accountability reporting

Australia - February 20 - 21, 2017

The aim of the workshop is to support the implementation of the enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework through an appreciation of the value of qualitative inquiry for evaluation and accountability reporting and the distinctive nature of the insights it reveals. Reporting for accountability is a key object of the PGPA Act 2013 and the enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework. The Department of Finance Resource Management Guide No. 131, Developing good performance information (RMG.131) argues that Government entities should be able to tell a cohesive performance story using a mix of quantitative and qualitative information. When done well, qualitative inquiry provides rich data that allow managers to develop a compelling and descriptive story about the strengths and weaknesses of projects, programs and initiatives. Read more


Analytics and Data Driven Decision Making

Online - February 15, 2017

In this free webinar, Dan Meyer, author of Putting your Data to Work and The Fundamentals of Business Analytics, will apply corporate practices of using business analytics to optimize Big Data to the field of evaluation. For more information on Dan Meyer and his work, see The Analytics of Measurement and Evaluation. Read more



Oxford: Realist Reviews and Realist Evaluation

United Kingdom - November 14-18, 2016 

This module will provide participants with an understanding of realist review (or synthesis) and realist evaluation. Participants should then be able to apply their new knowledge and skills to their own realist research project, regardless of which field of research they come from. In health care and many other fields of research, interventions are often described as being complex and have outcomes that are dependent on context. When these complex interventions fail to achieve their desired outcomes, the explanation frequently provided is because they are both complex and context dependent. Realist research approaches (realist evaluation or realist review) can help make sense of these types of interventions or programmes. The approaches are theory driven – developing structurally coherent explanations of interventions and test these against empirical data. In realist evaluation the researcher or evaluator’s task is to gather the data – i.e. it is a form of primary research. Whereas in realist review the primary data comes from documents (e.g. studies, policy documents and so on) and so it is a form of secondary research. Read more


AEA Conference 2016: Evaluation + Design

United States - October 24-29, 2016

The American Evaluation Association (AEA)'s annual conference theme is "Evaluation + Design". The AEA will bring together professionals from around the world who conduct, use, support, and study evaluation. Through this global community, the conference will explore how design and evaluation can be integrated to strengthen programs, benefit the environment, and improve the lives of people. Read more


12th EES Biennial Conference

Netherlands - September 26-30, 2016 

The 12th European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference (EES 2016) will be held in Maastricht, the Netherlands from 26-30th of September. The overarching conference theme is: “Evaluation Futures in Europe and beyond: Connectivity, Innovation and Use”. Read more


Evidence2016 - Africa Evidence Network Conference

South Africa - September 20-22, 2016Evidence 2016 is a Regional Conference organised by the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) that aims to encourage and promote evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa, thereby contributing to the development of effective public policies, efficient implementation of services, as well as joint learning on interventions that tackle poverty and inequality in African countries. Read more


Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) Conference 2016

Australia - September 17-21, 2016

The theme of the 2016 Australasian Evaluation Society Conference is Landscapes. The 2016 Australasian Evaluation Society Conference will invite delegates to reflect on what diversity and change in social, cultural, organisational, environmental, political and economic landscapes means for evaluation and evaluators. It will consider how we work within and between those landscapes, what impact our work has on them (both positive and negative), and how we respond to changes in their terrain (particularly those changes that we create). It will also consider how the diversity of the landscapes we work in and their changing features has shaped our past evaluation practices, contributed to the practices we currently use, and how it could influence evaluation practices of the future. This discussion will include consideration of changing technological landscapes. Read more


Monitoring and Evaluation in a dynamic health environment

Netherlands - August 26, 2016 

This advanced practitioners course equips participants with up-to-date knowledge and state-of-the-art monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools enabling them to answer such questions as: What models, frameworks and tools are suitable for a specific evaluation? How to balance the perspectives of different stakeholders?  Read more


3ie bursary for USAID’s 'Impact Evaluation of Population, Health and Nutrition Programs' workshop

Ghana - July 18-29, 2016

      3ie is offering a limited number of bursaries for USAID’s MEASURE Evaluation Project's international workshop on 'Impact Evaluation of Population, Health and Nutrition Programs', for English-speaking professionals. The programme will take place in Accra, Ghana on 18-29 July 2016. The applicants have to be from low- and middle-income countries. Candidates who have successfully applied to participate in this workshop can apply for 3ie bursary. For more information, contact the MEASURE Evaluation Training Officer at measure_training@unc.edu.  Read more

      ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2016

      Australia - July 19-22, 2016

      To mark the 40th anniversary for ACSPRI, the theme of the 5th Social Science Methodology Conference  is “Social science in Australia: 40 years on”. This is a fitting time to reflect on how social science internationally and nationally has changed over this 40 year period and to reflect also, on where we are now and what the future might hold. Read more


      Next Generation Evaluation: Shaping better futures in Aotearoa New Zealand

      New Zealand - July 18-21, 2016

      ANZEA’s 2016 conference is future focused. Next generation evaluation: Shaping better futures in Aotearoa New Zealandembraces a changing evaluation landscape in a diverse and pluralist Aotearoa New Zealand.  Read more


      Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) 2016 National Conference

      Canada - June 5-8, 2016

      Join the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) for their 2016 National Conference in St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador. The conference theme is 'on the edge', and will be explored by presenters in relation to approaches and methods, technology, professionalization, influence, and culture.  Read more


      Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference - Americas/Europe/Africa session

      Online - June 21, 2016

      The Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference is a loosely structured conference that emphasises the informal, emergent exchange of ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of speakers and presenters. The event on June 21st offers participants the chance to learn and share with colleagues in an informal virtual environment. Participants can build their knowledge and skills in systems evaluation without ever leaving the office. Read more


      International Program for Development Evaluation Training 2016 (IPDET): Building Skills to Evaluate Development Interventions

      Canada - June 6 - July 1, 2016

      The International Program for Development Evaluation Training is an executive training program that features a two-week Core Course, followed by two weeks of 26 in-depth workshops, taught by a dynamic group of renowned international faculty drawn from organizations around the world. The program is highly responsive to the changing international environment, addressing the requirements of new development policies and delivery mechanisms that favor local ownership, increased national accountability, and partnership. Similarly, the curriculum is designed to reflect the international shift in focus from project evaluation to more complex program-, policy-, country-, and even global-level evaluation. Read more


      Bond Workshop: Introduction to monitoring, evaluation and learning

      United Kingdom - June 20, 2016 

      This one-day introduction is designed to increase your understanding of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL). It will stimulate ideas on how to design and implement monitoring and evaluation processes that strengthen accountability and learning, and so promote project, programme and strategy effectiveness. Read more


      AES Workshop: Performance Story Reports (Melbourne)

      Australia - June 20, 2016 

      The increasing move towards 'management by results' means there is an ever increasing pressure for agencies and organisations to be able to tell a clear and powerful results story. This pressure is building across many agencies in Australia, and in particular at the Commonwealth Government level with the introduction of the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework. With this has comes the request for "evidence-based performance stories". This one-day workshop introduces the concept and method of performance story. Read more


      CID Couse: Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting. Adaptive Management for Complex Development Programs

      Italy - June 15-22, 2016 

      This course focuses on two methods for planning, monitoring and evaluation in dynamic environments where development results can be both planned and unanticipated. Outcome Mapping is a set of tools used for planning, monitoring and evaluating interventions aimed at bringing about social, economic or technological change. The idea is that to succeed, an intervention needs to involve multiple stakeholders. OM connects ‘outputs’ to ‘outcomes’ by focusing on the patterns of action and interaction among stakeholders. Outcome Harvesting is used to identify, formulate, analyse and interpret what was achieved and how, regardless of whether it was pre-defined or not. Conventional M&E can be inappropriate because what is done and what is achieved may vary considerably from the original plan. OH enables people responsible for monitoring and evaluating development work to identify and formulate intended and unintended, positive and negative outcomes, determine how the intervention contributed to them.  Read more


      Participatory Sense-Making for Evaluators: Data Parties and Dabbling in the Data

      Online - June 14, 2016 

      Data parties (also known as sense-making sessions, results-briefings, and data-driven reviews) play an important role in promoting evaluation use, but there is little information available on how to conduct one.  In this interactive webinar learn how to facilitate participatory analysis and organize a data party, as well as tips and techniques that set the stage for success.   Read more


      ANZOG Workshop: Cost-benefit Analysis

      Australia - June 7-8, 2016

      Governments at all levels face competing demands for their scarce resources.  Although spending decisions can validly be made on political grounds alone, rigorous cost-benefit analysis of policies and programs can help ensure that Ministers are better informed of the relative social merits of different proposals.  Despite common misconceptions, economics -- and cost-benefit analysis in particular -- incorporates environmental, social and financial considerations.  It therefore addresses the costs and benefits to society as a whole, rather than just narrower financial aspects. Because there is no ‘cookbook’ or specific recipe for undertaking cost-benefit analysis, an understanding of its conceptual basis is essential for public servants who commission studies by their staff or from commercial consultants. This two-day executive workshop reviews the key concepts of cost-benefit analysis, as well as the various ‘tips and traps’ involved in conducting a study.  Read more


      Better Evaluation: Online e-learning course "Effective and creative evaluation report writing"

      Online - January 31 - December 31, 2016

          In this online e-learning course offered by Better evaluation, students will learn best practices for effective and creative report writing specific to evaluation reports. Learning points and practical exercises are combined to develop skills in putting together an effective and engaging evaluation report. The course is self-paced with no fixed start or finish date. Enrolments are now open and will remain open all around the year from 31 January to 31 December, 2016. Read more