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?

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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 #1: Savvy clients

What key elements are needed to seriously drive up the quality and value for money delivered by evaluation?

Earlier this year at the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (anzea) conference, I reflected on this question and came up with three ingredients we should be thinking really hard about. Here’s one … (and watch this week

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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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