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!