Managing Evaluations

So I’m in the middle of setting up a new evaluation for a client, well a group of clients really and it is quite a complicated funding programme that they have asked me to look at. As usual I have set up my systems and processes for this project and Read more…

A good time to look ahead

My company’s financial year end coincides with the calendar year end.  So at this time, besides all the preparations for Christmas and the New Year festivities, I am also doing all those year end round up tasks to close one year and prepare for the next.  It is a great Read more…

Global Value Exchange & Data Unity

Having reliable data and sources of data is crucial to developing and delivering robust and successful projects. So I’m always looking for new sources of up to date information and data sets to help with designing monitoring plans and programme evaluations. On Monday 9 December 2013, two new resources were Read more…

Using Data

So, in a previous blog entry I talked about how important it was to understand the data flowing through your organisation and who is using data for what.  I have also mentioned the link between M&E and business planning and developing new interventions and projects. However some people are still Read more…

The first time I really saw Impact

A question I am often asked is “how do you know that what you are doing is having impact?”  I am also asked “What does impact look like?” In truth, neither are easy questions to answer.  Steve Cole’s recent guest blog on the Social Impact Analysts Association website does sum up Read more…

Understand the Data Flow

So we record how many people attended a workshop, we make sure each person completes a feedback form, we enter this information onto a spreadsheet or a database, we store the hard copies somewhere for a while (just in case).  We click on ‘save’ and send the information to someone Read more…