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Better Evaluation Series

While registration for our Coffee Break Webinar series is normally members-only, the American Evaluation Association is pleased to join with BetterEvaluation to make this May 2013 series available to the public. You must register for each webinar individually by clicking the GoToWebinar links. Hyperlinked titles take you to the recording and related materials from that session.


CBD137: Overview of Rainbow Framework for Evaluation – Irene Guijt
Scheduled
 Tuesday, May 7, 2013 
Description
 This webinar, part 1 in an 8-part series, provides an overview of the tasks involved in planning and conducting an evaluation. These tasks are grouped into 7 clusters shown in the BetterEvaluation ‘Rainbow Framework’. An evaluation plan sets out how to (1) Define what is to be evaluated, (2) Frame the boundaries of the evaluation, (3) Describe activities, outcomes, impacts and context, (4) Understand Causes of outcomes and impacts, (5) Synthesize data from one or more evaluations, (6) Report and Support Use of findings, and (7) Manage the evaluation. In each webinar, the expert presenter will discuss one of the evaluation steps in the framework and outline the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator.  


CBD138: Define What Is To Be Evaluated – Simon Hearn
Scheduled
 Thursday, May 9, 2013
Description
 This webinar, part 2 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on tasks to define what is to be evaluated – developing an initial description, developing or refining the program theory/theory of change, and identifying possible unintended results. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator.  


CBD139: Frame the Boundaries of the Evaluation – Patricia Rogers
Scheduled
 Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT
Description
 This webinar, part 3 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on tasks to frame the evaluation – deciding the purpose(s) of the evaluation, the key evaluation questions, and determining what success looks like for the intervention. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator. 


CBD140: Describe Activities, Results and Context – Irene Guijt
Scheduled
 Thursday, May 16, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT
Description
 This webinar, part 4 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on tasks to answer descriptive evaluation questions – deciding sampling strategies, developing or selecting measures and indicators, collecting or retrieving data in other ways, managing and analysing data, and combining qualitative and quantitative data. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator.  


CBD141: Understand Causes of Outcomes and Impacts – Jane Davidson
Scheduled
 Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT
Description
 This webinar, part 5 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on tasks to answer causal evaluation questions – using research designs and other strategies to understand the contribution of a program or policy to observed results. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator.  


CBD142: Synthesise Data from One or More Evaluations – Patricia Rogers
Scheduled
 Thursday, May 23, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT
Description
 This webinar, part 6 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on combining data from one evaluation or from many evaluations to make overall evaluative judgments – including different approaches to systematic review of existing literature. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator.  


CBD143: Report and Support Use of Findings – Simon Hearn
Scheduled
 Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT
Description
 This webinar, part 7 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on tasks to report findings and to support use of them – including ways of developing reporting media, strategies to improve accessibility, develop recommendations, and assist individuals and organisations to understand and use findings. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator. 


CBD144: Manage an Evaluation – Kerry Bruce
Scheduled
 Thursday, May 30, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT
Description
 This webinar, part 8 in an 8-part series on the BetterEvaluation rainbow framework, focuses on tasks to manage an evaluation – including understanding and engaging stakeholders, establishing decision-making processes for the evaluation, deciding who will conduct it, securing resources, defining evaluation standards, documenting agreements (including contractual arrangements) and formal evaluation plans and developing evaluation capacity. The webinar outlines the tasks involved, options for carrying out those tasks, and resources from the BetterEvaluation site that can assist any evaluator.