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Impact Evaluation: options, choices and practice
|Social Research Association (SRA)|
Professor David Parsons
Online using Zoom
This course is run live, online using Zoom software.
For government and its agencies, local government, the European Commission, the Lottery, and charitable Trusts, impact 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 impacts, ‘what works’, to demonstrate added-value and cost-effectiveness. This online course provides a more flexible opportunity for an introduction to impact evaluation. It shares much of the same content as the ‘face to face’ SRA course and is led by the same tutor.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
NB: The SRA also offers an introductory course on Foundations of Evaluation and also to Research and Evaluation Project Management and also an advanced-level course in Theory-based Evaluation.
The online course will cover:
Who will benefit?
This course is run over two half days as a real-time online tutored course. It combines ‘tutor-led’ sessions, illustrations and case studies and practical (breakout group) exercises, and series of online supporting resources. It 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 and other 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’, ‘non-empirical’ and alternative 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 Demystifying Evaluation (Policy press, 2017) and a number of programme guidebooks on evaluation strategies. In academic, contract research and in practice within government and agencies, he has led nearly 50 independent evaluations of policy and programmes across seven government departments, the UKs research Councils, 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 continues to advise a number of public bodies, regulators, charities and others on evaluation strategy and methods.
Advanced (specialised prior knowledge)
£220.00. SRA members pay £165
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