Strategic evaluation workshop

We run face-to-face and online strategic evaluation workshops with organizations and groups of organizations from the same sector. Strategic evaluation is a new approach to evaluation which moves beyond the traditional focus of evaluation just examining individual programs one-by-one.

What strategic evaluation does is to first develop an overall evaluation plan setting out the key questions that will answer the priority information needs of the organization or sector focused on improveing what its doing and what it plans to do next. It views evaluation funding as one big organizational or sector Research and Development (R&D) fund which needs to be allocated strategically rather than just on a program-by-program basis.

The approach is the best evaluation approach for complex evaluation work encompassing many different programs and interventions within large organizations or whole sectors. The strategic evaluation approach incorporates aspects of: implementation (developmental and formative) evaluation; process; outcome and, summative evaluation. 

We have been involved in teaching all aspeccts of evaluation to thousands of workshop participants and post-graduate students including program management, program staff, policy analysts and evaluators to bring this expertise to our strategic evaluation workshops. 

Our workshops are fast-paced, entertaining, informative and responsive to the needs of organizations and participants. We use direct presentation, role-plays, group and individual exercises. Our strategic evaluation workshops are carefully tailored to the exact needs of the organization and participants we are working with and we use live examples in the workshops which are directly relevant to the issues the organization and participants are grappling with in their evaluation work.

Propose agenda (tailored to participants’ needs)

  • What is strategic evaluation?
  • Understanding the theory behind strategic evaluation (the relationship between monitoring and evaluation in large-scale organizational and sector contexts, knowledge needs, attribution, accountability, organizational and sector policy and the political context of evaluation etc.)
  • Undertaking complex stakeholder management in large-scale organizational and sector contexts
  • Modeling the outcomes the organization or sector is trying to achieve
  • Identifying the key strategic knowledge needs of the organization or sector as it attempts to achieve its outcomes
  • Identifying key evaluation priorities (including aspects of: implementation, process, impact and summative evaluation)
  • Identifying what monitoring data is available for the organization or sector
  • Identifying what monitoring data is available for the organization or sector
  • Assessing the appropriateness, feasibility, affordability and credibility of the different types of possible imapct evaluation design types
  • Identifying evaluatioon projects designed to answer the key evaluation questions identified
  • Evaluation management, risk-management and budgeting
  • Communicating evaluation results.

Very enlightening. Has made things very clear.
I found this day exciting. It’s been wonderful.
Enjoyed the practical implementation and knowledge from  your model of evaluation.
Has definitely exceeded my expectations.
Excellent format, pace and delivery style. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us all.

Parker Duignan Consulting Evaluation Workshop participants’ feedback

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