Maximising the value from evaluation
On Wednesday the 16th of March Dr Sarah Appleton-Dyer and Sarah Andrews from Synergia presented on Maximising the value from evaluation as part of our #LearningSeries events. We had an amazing turnout of people who listening and engaging in the incredible korero led by Sarah.
On Wednesday the 16th of March Dr Sarah Appleton-Dyer and Sarah Andrews from Synergia presented on Maximising the value from evaluation as part of our #LearningSeries events. We had an amazing turnout of people who listening and engaging in the incredible korero led by Sarah and Sarah.
It was an exciting session, pushing us to think about how we can in ways that ensure the value of our evaluation efforts.
During the session, the key stages of the evaluation cycle were used to share some of the ways that you can maximise the value of evaluation. The session gave a nod to the evaluation literature to recognise existing guidance on how to deliver each stage of an evaluation cycle. The focus of the session, however, was designed to tease out practical insights to ensure that you get the most out of an evaluation. For example, when engaging stakeholders the literature notes the value of engaging primary end users and conducting a stakeholder analysis to identify the role and influence of people in relation to an evaluation.
To provide an evaluation that is useful and maximises its opportunity to contribute to social betterment, we really want to know the values of your organisation, what type of evidence is valued, what are the relationships and dynamics between key stakeholders, and what might this mean for the evaluation. Bringing evaluators into your context lets them work in a way that can recognise this, maximising the potential for the evaluation to be considered to be useful, credible and of value to your organisation and its stakeholders.
To learn more:
Our next Synergia Learning Series event is schedule for the Tuesday 17th May and is titled “System Thinking basics – approaches, tools and techniques”. This will be presented by David Todd – Managing Partner at Synergia. The session will be a practical introduction to applying system thinking tools and techniques to explore issues, support problem solving and make better decisions.
Registration information will be available soon.