Mastering Evaluation Skills: Strategies, Methods and Tools

16-18/Dec/2013  •  Maastricht

Project Leader
Cristiana Turchetti
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Target group
This three-day seminar is directed towards civil servants from EU Member States, candidate countries, the EU institutions and other multilateral institutions, as well as auditors, consultants, staff of NGOs and other stakeholders involved in monitoring and evaluation of policies, programmes and projects.

The seminar consists of three parts that can be followed together, or separately. The first part will give an overview of the entire evaluation field and how to choose the most appropriate evaluation design (incl. designs such as concept mapping, most significant change, etc.) in view of the purpose, timing, criteria and questions to be addressed. Next, the role of theories (of change) will be explained and how these are used and formulated differently in quantitative or qualitative approaches to evaluation. Finally, part one concludes by providing a thorough understanding of how to draw inferences – both inductively and deductively and presents a classification of rigorous evaluation designs. Part two will cover the major quantitative evaluation designs, ranging from surveys to a variety of quasi-experimental designs such as propensity score matching, difference in difference, regression discontinuity and instrumental variable approaches. Part three will focus on qualitative evaluation approaches and especially how to achieve rigour, similar to quantitative approaches. Approaches such as contribution analysis, realistic evaluation, theory of change and general elimination method will be discussed from this perspective.

Learning methodology
The seminar is based on a range of presentations and interactive group work to enable participants to put their knowledge into practice. The seminar integrates case studies to allow participants to assess the quality of actual evaluations and how they could have been improved.

At the end of the seminar, participants will be able to choose and formulate the most appropriate evaluation design, as well as being able to assess the quality of an executed evaluation.