Evaluating is itself the most valuable treasure of all that we value. It is only through evaluation that value exists: and without evaluation the nut of existence would be hollow. Hear it, you creators! – Friedrich Nietzsche
How do we know if what we do makes a difference?
It can be hard to know if we are making a difference and often we are confused about what to measure and how.
We all want to better understand how we can learn, improve, and do better work, but if we are not aware of how evaluation can work for us, we can end up being led by short-term targets and never get to understanding the real value we are producing (or not).
The Art of Evaluation is a four-session online course to support leaders and facilitators in better understanding evaluation and why it matters. This course will increase your evaluation literacy and enable you to make better strategic decisions, building in the right kind of evaluation right from your initial design phase. It’s also a course for evaluators who want to learn how to work with the increasing number of practitioners working with new forms of facilitation and engagement.
Hosted by Beehive Productions (Amy Lenzo & Rowan Simonsen) and Chris Corrigan, with special guests Jera Dean-Coffey, Rita Fierro, & Carolyn Camman.
Tuesdays: February 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th
10.00- 12.00 AM Pacific Time / 19:00 – 21:00 Central European Time
Teams or groups of 3 or More (30% off): $210
(send names and email addresses of your group & we’ll send you the group discount code)
* We understand that finances vary based on location, industry, and personal circumstances, so Beehive offers all our courses on a sliding scale, trusting that everyone will pay what they can. See the registration form for alternate fees, and if you are really called to be with us but unable to afford any of the options listed, please be in touch with a clear proposal and we will see if we can work something out.
Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted. Albert Einstein
There’s a false split between facilitation and evaluation – bridging this gap can help make our work most more relevant and rigorous, whether we are hosts, facilitator, or evaluators.
Join Us in exploring the following themes in a real time, participatory, online environment with peers from all over the world.
- Evaluation in Unpredictable Processes
- Complexity / Ordered vs Unordered Systems
- Value Creation in Participatory Processes (Output, Outcomes, Results, Impact)
- Determining What Data to Focus On & What Data Collection Methods to Use
- Strategy, Evaluation and Action – Overlapping Focuses
- Links & Differences Between Facilitation and Hosting Participatory Processes
True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. – Winston Churchill
Understanding Evaluation Forms & Applications
- Formative, Summative, and Developmental Evaluation and Sense making
- Designing the evaluation that is right for you in different situations
- Evaluation Rigor
Power, Inclusion and Equity (with Jera Dean-Coffey)
- History of Evaluation
- Equity Evaluation
- Power Dynamics in evaluation
- Why your choices matter
Working with Evaluators (with Rita Fierro)
- What facilitators can learn from the field of evaluation
- What evaluators can learn from new forms of facilitation
- Harvesting, Meaning-Making and Learning through the lens of evaluation
Developmental Evaluation (with Carolyn Camman)
- Theory of Change
- Framework for Developmental Evaluation
- Evaluation in Emergence
- Managing Time & Resources with Developmental Evaluation
- Awareness of Bias
- Feedback Loops & Adjustment
- Disruption and Learning
- Innovation and Evaluation
Amy Lenzo, Rowan Simonsen and Chris Corrigan
Unless strategy evaluation is performed seriously and systematically, and unless strategists are willing to act on the results, energy will be used up defending yesterday. – Peter Drucker