“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.”
– 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 Trilby Smith, Jara 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
All sessions will be recorded & made available to registered participants
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 theory & practice of evaluation from a whole new perspective! We’ll be working in a real-time interactive online environment & engaging with peers from all over the world.
Evaluation Theory (with Trilby Smith)
- 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 Jara 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
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Passionate evaluator, Relationship builder, complexity and messiness fan. I am the Director of Learning and Evaluation at Vancouver Foundation. In my role I support grantees, foundation staff, community advisors and other stakeholders in learning principles and practices that advance knowledge and understanding of our work. I have been an evaluation practitioner for 20 years, and in that time, there has been one consistent theme in my work, relationships. The majority of my career has been spent practicing evaluation (and learning) alongside the people who are most affected by the program/project/initiative being evaluated.
An independent evaluation consultant and adventurer on an evaluation journey. My passion is designing flexible, creative (even fun!) approaches that make evaluation accessible for everyone. I have more than a decade of training and experience in applied research methods and have spent the last seven working on evaluation projects with a number of government and community agencies.
I am proud to be part of a thriving professional community geared toward fostering and supporting social change. As a queer and gender-variant person with an interest in social justice, I am invested in bringing the benefits of evaluation to the people and organizations who need it most. www.camman-evaluation.
Rita Fierro Ph.D
Rita is an intellectual artist who skillfully combines creative, innovative, and analytical thinking by bridging groups, networks, and arenas that may seem far apart: art and facilitation, evaluation, healing and research. Rita is the technical assistance co-lead for the Kellogg Foundation’s nation-wide Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation program. She has worked for foundations, universities, community-based organizations, non-profits, and individual artists. Her portfolio includes prestigious clients such as the United Nations, The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Center for Creative Leadership, America for the Arts, and the Department for International Development.
Jara is Luminare Group’s fearless and funny founder and former founder of jdcPartnerships. She has spent the past 25+ years working with leaders who hold one thing in common: a commitment to challenging themselves and their organizations to have a transformative impact on the individuals, communities and systems they touch.
Jara is passionate about elevating our collective understanding of the relationship between values, context, strategy and evaluation and shifting our practices so that they are more fully in service of stated aims. Jara reminds those who work with her and her team that it is a joy and privilege to be of service and that it takes us all to make this work and world a better place.
“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