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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The Friday Funny: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

C’mon you’ve got to let me know Should I stay or should I go? If you give me tenure line I’ll be here till the end of time Grant funded cash just will not flow Should I stay or should I go?

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Commissioning XGEMs – the sequel

In Monday’s post, Extreme Genuine Evaluation Makeovers (XGEMs) for Commissioning, I discussed a way of kicking off the process of selecting an evaluator for a project by suggesting that well-designed EOIs would often be more informative, less onerous (on both sides), and a better way to ‘shortlist’ providers than some of the woefully ineffective RFP

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Extreme Genuine Evaluation Makeovers (XGEMs) for Commissioning

There may well be some managers out there who have yet to experience the thrill of commissioning a total waste-of-money evaluation. In a keynote for the recent Australasian Evaluation Society conference, I talked about the incredibly ineffective commissioning processes that are often used and that frequently result in evaluations that are, as we say in this part of the planet, “about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike”. Some of the most important problems are:

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