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I’m doing an impact evaluation, what evidence do I need?

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SIMNA in association with ACTCOSS present:

I’m doing an impact evaluation, what evidence do I need?

Scott Bayley, Principal Specialist Performance Management and Results, DFAT Canberra

Are quantitative or qualitative methods better for undertaking impact evaluations? What about true experiments? Is contribution analysis the new ‘state of the art’ in impact evaluation or should I just do a survey and use statistical methods to create comparison groups?

Determining one’s plan for an impact evaluation occurs within the constraints of a specific context. Since method choices must always be context specific, debates in the professional literature about impact methods can at best only provide partial guidance to evaluation practitioners. The way to break out of this methods impasse is by focusing on the evidentiary requirements for assessing casual impacts.

This unique session will present a brief summary of the literature on the philosophy and principles of causal analysis, and relate these to some common evaluation models. A framework for applying three key evidentiary criteria will be examined and participants will be guided through examples of how to apply these in typical everyday situations.

In this innovative skills building session participants will:
• Be exposed to a new way of thinking about impact evaluation
• Become familiar with the evidentiary requirements for undertaking impact evaluations
• Gain practical experience in the application of evidentiary criteria for casual analysis
• Develop their skills in critiquing impact evaluation reports.

The session will involve participants in practical exercises designed to illustrate the application of key ideas and concepts. The presenter will encourage participants to transfer their understandings to their own contexts throughout the session with an emphasis on practical applications. Participants will be provided with a range of resource materials to support their evaluation practices back in the workplace.

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