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e-learning about Developmental Evaluation

A good opportunity to explore this hot topic in evaluation…

Free, but registration required. For more information go to

UNICEF, Claremont Graduate University and IOCE, under the EvalPartners initiative, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and in partnership with UN Women, are pleased to announce a new introductory e-Learning programme on Development Evaluation.
The e-learning is composed of the following three courses:

Equity-focused evaluations
National Evaluation Capacity Development for Country-led Monitoring and Evaluation Systems
Emerging Practices in Development Evaluation

The instructors are 33 world-level specialists, including:
International experts, including Michael Quinn Patton, Michael Bamberger, Jim Rugh, David Fetterman, Patricia Rogers, Stewart Donaldson, Donna Mertens, Jennifer Greene, Bob Williams, Martin Reynolds, Saville Kushner and Hallie Preskill
Senior representatives of the international community, including Caroline Heider, Belen Sanz,
Indran Naidoo, Fred Carden, Hans Lundgren, and Marco Segone
Senior managers responsible for country-led M&E systems, including Sivagnanasothy Velayuthan and Diego Dorado
Leaders from the Global South and BRIC countries, including Zenda Ofir and Alexey Kuzmin

The e-learning is free and open to all interested evaluators. You may attend virtually from your personal or work computer anywhere in the world. The course includes on-line lectures, reading material and tests. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in an on-line forum, and on successful completion of the e-Learning course will be able to print out a certificate of virtual attendance.

American Evaluation Association meeting Day 1

Unfortunately I missed the open plenary for the meeting… flight late, baggage AWOL, but did catch the poster session and meet and greet with the evaluation authors.

So great to see so many interesting posters. Such a rich offering of evaluation practice around the world and across all imaginable domains. A special shout out to my students Kristy Jang and Arwa Alkhalaf whose poster focused on the advantages and disadvantages of various technologies in an evaluation they are doing.

Also nice to catch up with evaluation authors–thanks especially to Marv Alkin for his new book, Evaluation Essentials: From A to Z, which I am using in my class and my students are liking it. Marv offers a straightforward and readable introduction, just like the title suggests, and although there is a key education-focused case included in the book, you can easily substitute any case if a different domain of evaluation is more appropriate. And congrats to Michael Patton on Developmental Evaluation, which several of my students are currently reading as well.