Challenges to the Evaluation Mainstream

In the latest edition of ‘Evaluation’ – the UK Evaluation Society’s journal – I read an article about how evaluation practitioners need to challenge the standard way of doing things. In particular the author was advocating using systems thinking and complexity more in evaluation design and implementation. This surprised me. Read more…

How to Prevent M&E Failure

You will remember that last month I mentioned that M&E was one of the five basic planning issues that social impact organisations needed to get right. So what happens when M&E doesn’t work? What happens when, despite best efforts, either the wrong data is collected or the tools and M&E Read more…

Why is it Always About Data?

I was asked this question by a client recently: “why is it always about data?” The organisation has struggled to identify appropriate measures to track its programme performance and impact, it has some systems in place but needs to improve and in exasperation one of the team turned to me Read more…