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Introduction to Evaluation
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Professor David Parsons
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel, North Bridge, Edinburgh(tbc)
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Lindsay Adams - T: 0207 998 0304
Over the years the discipline of evaluation has evolved and developed and is applied to many policies and practices. It forms the core of many strategic planning processes and informs decision making surrounding the development and operation of both projects and programmes of activity. As a result, a range of people in the public, private and voluntary sectors are increasingly required to develop generic skills and competencies in relation to undertaking evaluation and using its findings.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
Given the reductions in public sector spending, in these ‘tough’ times, the need to assess what is ‘of value’ is increasingly important.
The course will cover:
Who will benefit?
This one day course is aimed at new researchers, or researchers new to evaluation and others with responsibility for interpreting evaluation findings.
By the end of the course, participants will achieve a good understanding of the importance of evaluation and be able to make informed decisions about which types of evaluation models are best applied to different types of projects and activities. They will gain practical experience of tasks relevant to designing and managing the evaluation process and communicating evaluation findings to various audiences, as well as an understanding of some of the key challenges evaluators will face in ‘doing more for less’.
Professor David Parsons is a long-standing evaluation specialist, author of guidebooks on programme evaluation strategies, and has led nearly 30 independent evaluations of policy and programmes in the last six years across government, devolved administrations, and for the European Commission and others. He has recently concluded a trial of new methods of impact evaluation for the Economic and Social Research Council.
Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
£260 - SRA members pay £195
Website and registration
Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination, Evaluation
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