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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The Friday Funny: Focusing on the important things in planning major initiatives

Evaluation is not just something we do at the end of a program, nor only impact evaluation. Some forms of evaluation are needed at the beginning of new interventions to inform the planning – evaluations in the form of needs analyses, situation analyses (which assess strengths as well as gaps), and reviews of the evidence

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Managing genuine evaluation paradoxes: Genuine reporting

In reponse to the earlier post on genuine evaluation snippets from around the globe, Irene Guijt raised a very important question about the tensions between several hallmarks of genuine evaluation:

Some important contrasts presented but also one that doesn’t entirely align – tell the whole story but cut to the chase? Include activities, outputs and

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The Friday Funny: The Government Contracting Glossary

While we are on the theme of glossaries and interpretation guides, such as the earlier ones for Management Speak and language used in scientific papers, we thought this was a useful addition for evaluators who work on government contracts, and for government commissioners of evaluation contracts …

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£6 million over 5 years – and STILL no genuine evaluation of Blueprint?

When a large and expensive evaluation fails to produce useful results, it’s worth seeing if at least it can be useful as a cautionary tale.

Blueprint is a UK Government-funded drugs education programme consisting of five components: drug education in schools (for 11 and 12-year-olds – this was the main emphasis), drug education for parents,

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