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The irony of evaluation – thoughts from the annual UKES conference

My initial reaction to my first UKES conference was that it all seemed slightly ironic that a group of dedicated evaluation professionals gathered for two days to discuss how the products they spend most of their professional life toiling away over are not always as useful as they could be. Sighs of self-pity aside, this is, unfortunately, the case in many instances. …

Pushing the boundaries: considering new ways of utilising evaluations

This year’s UKES conference explored the current uses of evaluation. The role of evaluators in delivering learning products and enabling evaluation uptake featured in many conversations, as well as new ways of working with clients to improve their business & management strategies. My takeaways focus on the latter: evaluation reports aside, in what other ways …

Increasing the use of evaluation results: three tensions to navigate

As pressure to demonstrate Value for Money and results in international development increases in the current political climate, funding and implementing organisations alike are commissioning a growing number of evaluations. But how many expensive and well-intentioned evaluation reports end up gathering dust on a shelf?

Unfortunately, basing an evaluation on sound …

Evaluations – are they of any use? Reflections before and after the UKES conference

I’m looking forward to attending the UK Evaluation Society’s annual conference this year. Its focus on the usefulness of evaluations appears to be more topical than ever.

In a political climate dominated by stories of ‘fake news’, ‘alternative facts’ and ‘not trusting experts’, the conference presents an opportunity to show how good quality evidence …

Itad at the 2017 UK Evaluation Society conference

Several staff represented Itad at this years’ UKES conference on ‘demonstrating and improving the usefulness of evaluation’. They spoke on a range of subjects from the utility of evaluation to the role of accountability and learning in evaluation.

On Wednesday, Greg Gleed discussed recent Itad projects that have evaluated the quality and utility of …

Six Lessons from the 2016 UK Evaluation Society Conference

Itad was well represented at this years’ UK Evaluation Society (UKES) conference; we were involved in five presentations across a range of subjects (though all rooted in this years’ theme of ‘complexity’), and we had several staff members among the general delegates. Here, some of them reflect on the lessons they took away from the …

Itad at the 2016 UKES Conference

Itad had lots of representatives at this years’ UK Evaluation Society (UKES) Conference, speaking on a range of subjects from measuring resilience in complex contexts to championing change through evaluation.

Dave Wilson and Robbie Gregorowski reflected on the lessons they are learning on our BRACED project, in particular how they have translated …

Evaluating and Verifying Payment by Results Programmes

Highlights of the discussion about verification and evaluation of Payment By Results in our chat show at the UK Evaluation Society Conference.

A session at the UK Evaluation Society conference in May 2015 compared two Payment by Results (PbR) programmes in different sectors. The discussion revealed that although PbR programmes can be set up in very different …

Process Tracing in Impact Evaluation: Potentials and Pitfalls

This year, the United Kingdom Evaluation Society Conference looked at influencing impact through innovation and inclusion. The need to experiment with new methods and approaches is particularly pertinent for the evaluation of advocacy and policy change initiatives. For example, if we want to find out whether and how a particular campaign has contributed to a …