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Impact Evaluation (Advanced): Understanding Options, Choices and Practice
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Professor David Parsons
Grand Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, London (tbc)
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For government and its agencies, the European Commission, the Lottery, and charitable Trusts, evaluation has become a cornerstone in the use, accountability and effectiveness of new policies, programmes and initiatives. Different theories, options and alternative methods have proliferated, and those setting up and running programmes across the public and voluntary sector, and outside, find themselves confronted with difficult choices and rising expectations among policy makers and funding bodies for measuring programme effects, effectiveness and impacts. Pressure on the public purse has intensified those demands - with new calls among policy makers and others for sophisticated evaluation strategies to show ‘what works’ and to demonstrate added-value and cost-effectiveness.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
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Who will benefit?
This one-day course is aimed at those with some experience of evaluation who may be working in a wide range of situations procuring and specifying programme evaluations, or designing and conducting complex evaluations.
By the end of the course, participants with a basic understanding of evaluation will have been introduced to the contrasts between experimental and ‘theory-based’ impact evaluation and will understand a range of practical options available to them for both formative and summative impact evaluation. They will better understand national guidance to make informed decisions about how to effectively specify, combine and use sophisticated quantitative and qualitative impact evaluation methods. They will gain a practical insight into the use of ‘empirical’ and ‘non-empirical’ approaches to impact evaluation, as well as practical pitfalls, pro’s and con’s, and how multi-goal evaluation can be made more cost-effective.
Professor David Parsons is a long-standing evaluation specialist, advisor and author of a number of programme guidebooks on evaluation strategies. In academic, contract research and in practice within government and agencies, he has led over 40 independent evaluations of policy and programmes across six government departments, various agencies, the devolved administrations, European Commission and others. He has specialised in proportionate methods of impact evaluation, for both public policy and evidence-based practice, and in this role has advised a number of public bodies on evaluation methods. He has most recently concluded a trial of new methods of impact evaluation for the Economic and Social Research Council.
Advanced (specialised prior knowledge)
£270.00 Members of SRA receive a 25% discount and pay £202.50
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