How NOT to evaluate proposals

Pile of Proposals

Have you ever been struck by the irony of clearly invalid methods used to evaluate proposals for evaluation work? Why fiddling with the weights will NOT solve the problem!

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Hot tips for commissioning and managing actionable evaluation

Michael Quinn Patton gave an interesting keynote address this morning on how evaluation needs to change in order to align with the changed and ever-changing world we live in. But how well has the evaluation commissioning process – and particularly the procurement guidelines in government) kept up with this idea?

What can we learn from

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6 questions that cut to the chase when choosing the right evaluation team

frustration

Have you ever felt like you were nearly going cross-eyed, wading through evaluation proposals that all present screeds of information but don’t really tell you what you need to know? Or, writing one of these yourself?

The whole RFP (Request for Proposal) and evaluation contractor selection process frustrates both evaluators and clients (or commissioners) alike.

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Lifting the quality of evaluation #2: Capable evaluators who know their ‘space’

What key elements are needed to seriously drive up how well evaluation delivers quality and value for money?

Yesterday I talked about how evaluation-savvy clients can make or break the value of evaluation. Now for the other side of the equation …

What evaluator capabilities still seem to be lacking and could really drive up

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The Friday Funny: We don’t need no open tenders …

The recent anzea (Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association) conference in Wellington had a great turnout, and of course a fun conference dinner. Our friend and colleague, Kataraina Pipi required each table at the dinner to compose and perform an item.

Here’s a song that came from one table … giving both the client and evaluator

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