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Advanced Evaluation: Options and choices in impact 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
For government and its agencies, the European Commission, the Lottery, and charitable Trusts, evaluation of impact has become a cornerstone in understanding the accountability and effectiveness of programmes and initiatives. In an environment where resources for such activity are often scarce, those tasked with designing and managing evaluations find themselves confronted with confusing choices about ‘the right’ approaches and techniques. This course helps to demystify impact evaluation and help those commissioning and conducting evaluation make effective choices.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
The course will cover:
Who will benefit?
This one-day course is aimed at those who have attended the SRA Introductory Course to Evaluation, or those with some experience of evaluation methods looking to extend their knowledge. Participants may be procuring or specifying evaluations, or designing and conducting stand-alone or embedded impact evaluations.
By the end of the course, participants with a basic understanding of evaluation will have been introduced to current thinking about what constitutes effective ‘theory-based’ evaluation and will understand options available to them for both formative and summative approaches to 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, 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, 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.
Advanced (specialised prior knowledge)
£260 - SRA members pay £195
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