Evaluation Revisited: Improving the quality of evaluative practice by embracing complexity

From the Knowledge Management for Development’ (KM4dev) website:

Current evaluation practice has not yet embraced the full implications of assessing ‘the complex’ and existing approaches often fall woefully short. A conference on evaluation for development,  “Evaluation Revisited: Improving the Quality of Evaluative Practice by Embracing Complexity”,  will be held on May 20- 21, 2010 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The conference focuses on how evaluative practice can be improved, given the need to view much of development as a process of social transformation and, therefore, complex.  During the conference, participants can explore concrete evaluation practices that reconcile an understanding of complex societal change processes with quality standards, including rigorous, ethical concerns, appropriateness and feasibility.

‘Evaluation Revisited’ will draw together 150 people from around the word. In depth discussion on innovative cases of evaluative practice form the core of the Conference (day 1 and 2). To give a flavor of the diversity of cases that will be showcased and debated, confirmed cases include:

a) Understanding the impact of capacity development (commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs with 7 partial studies and some 25 cases);
b) Social Return On Investment – how communities themselves value deeper social and environmental changes as a result of integrated rural development (Indian NGO Cecoedecon);
c) Participatory assessment of development (www.padev.nl) in West Africa – how do local people value the impact of aid?

The conference is being organized by Learning by Design and Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation.  More information about the conference can be found on http://tinyurl.com/evaluation-revisited.

The deadline for registration is March 30, 2010.

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