Thursday, 9 August 2018

Still some places available at our EES professional development workshop

Please join us at the biennial conference of the European Evaluation Society in Thessaloniki in early October!  Jasmin Rocha and I will be there, participating in lots of inspiring sessions and delivering a paper on using the DAC criteria in evaluations in the field of human rights. 

On October 1st, we'll run a pre-conference professional development workshop with the title "How to deal with 'mission impossible' evaluations"

The workshop is designed to enhance participants’ skills and knowledge in 
  1. Identifying pitfalls in evaluation terms of reference (TOR), so that evaluators can 
  2. Make well-founded choices with regard to submitting an offer/expression of interest (or decide it is not worth the effort), 
  3. Develop robust proposals for evaluations, especially of programs and project portfolios, and 
  4. Communicate the proposals effectively to the (potential) client. We will use concrete examples from real evaluations and distil learning from participants’ experience, to develop a framework that can guide participants in making the best of sometimes confusing, over-ambitious or excessively laconic TOR.
You can register for the workshop here. In case you experience any technical issues in the registration process, there are e-mail addresses of the conference secretariat who can help you.

We hope to see you in Thessaloniki!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Recent resource on human rights funding

The Foundation Center has published an appealingly designed, informative resource on human rights grant making around the world, mapping tens of thousands of grants by hundreds of foundations. 

You can search the database by region, by issues/rights, by "populations" (meaning, for example, women & girls, human rights defenders, migrants & refugees) and by strategies (for instance "grassroots organising", "arts and culture", "litigation and legal aid"). The resource is reasonably up to date; data on the grants is from 2011 to 2015. More "qualitative" information has been posted up to late 2017, with promises for new updates in 2018. 

Obviously, this resource is very interesting for those who who seek prospective donors. But its structure can also inspire those who wish to gain a structured overview of international human rights work - with the caveat, though, that this resource does not reflect the kind of work that does not get international funding.

Free e-prints of our article on effective evaluation in the field of violence against women and girls

A couple of years ago, Wolfgang Stuppert and I conducted a review on behalf of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) of evaluation methods in the field of violence against women and girls. We used qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), a relatively new method, that has yielded useful insights. You can find plenty of information and links on our dedicated site www.evawreview.de

Meanwhile, Development in Practice has published our article on this review. The article is geared to evaluation practitioners - people who commission, conduct and use evaluations. We can share a few free e-prints; if you wish to have one, use this link. First come, first served. When the free lot is used up, you can still view the article on the Taylor and Francis site here and, of course, in the printed publication. 

Our full report is still available from the UK government, for free.

Join us at the EES Conference in Thessaloniki - October 2018

The European Evaluation Society (EES) convenes its biennial conference in Thessaloniki from 1-5 October 2018. Join us there! Social scientist Jasmin Rocha (Camino gGmbh, Berlin) and I will run a pre-conference professional development workshop on 1 October. The working title is: How to deal with 'mission impossible' terms of reference. And this is what our workshop is about:

Evaluation TOR tend to come with more and more questions and detailed methodological requirements, while deadlines and budgets are often tight. The mismatch between ambition and resources appears to be growing; commissioning agencies often list high numbers of evaluation questions to be answered within unrealistic time frames and budgets. Not only young evaluators but also experienced ones can feel overwhelmed by the ensuing challenges. In dynamic and sometimes rapidly changing environments, narrowly defined evaluations equipped with insufficient resources often fail to fulfil their purpose to support learning. 

We intend to bring together young evaluators with more seasoned ones to create a space where we can jointly improve our capacities to identify and address potential challenges in evaluations with ‘mission impossible’ ToR. Key themes will be appropriate evaluation design, methods and communication. 

Have a look at the conference website! Preferential "early bird" registration is available until 15 June. We'd be delighted to see you in our workshop!