Category Archives: Methods

Visual outcome mapping and harvesting

Today I would like to showcase some of the work I do with my partners of Evaluation & Co on Visual outcome mapping and harvesting. Please find below our UpdateOne:   Why using Outcome mapping? The organisations we work with on … Continue reading

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Maria Joao Pires & Evaluation Practice

What has Maria Joao Pires -the reknowed pianist- to with evaluation practice? Well, in first instance for most people likely nothing, but in my reality, or better,  in my brains Maria makes a great connection with evaluation. It is already … Continue reading

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Reading Michael Quinn Patton

Since I am writing an article on development cooperation and its M&E approaches, -and naturally to keep myself updated- I read Michael Quinn Patton’s latest book (2011) ‘Developmental Evaluation. Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use’, published by the … Continue reading

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Sector learning at IRC: Harvesting lessons and facilitating sector learning

From 5-7 April 2011 Barbara (Wageningen University/ Communication and Innovation Studies) and I conducted a workshop on sector learning for the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. During the workshop we tried -with the help of 5 coordinators of resource … Continue reading

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Systemic Approaches in Evaluation revisited

Somewhere I got lost in Germany, it seems. The GIZ Conference ‘Systemic Approaches in  Evaluation’ (25-26 January 2011) took me by surprise, and I still do not fully know what I should think about it. For instance, I did not … Continue reading

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On Complexity and System Thinking in Evaluation

Next week, on 25-26 January 2011 the GTZ Conference on Systemic Approaches in Evaluation will take place. Since we (Barbara/ WUR and I) will present our Reflexive Monitoring in Action approach there, Rosien, one of my Evaluation 5.0 colleagues asked : ‘Is … Continue reading

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Most significant events of the year

Every year between Christmas and New Year I reflect upon the past year and start planning for the new year to come; what went well, what needs to change and what new ideas need to be developed? Actually I do … Continue reading

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On Complexity and other issues

Before reading this blog, please go to “Anecdote. Putting stories to work” for a simple and charming video animation on the Cynefin Framework on complexity. Unfortunately I could not embed the video here! These days ‘Complexity’ is a real buzz … Continue reading

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The ‘double funnel’ issue

Preparing an abstract for the GTZ Conference ‘Systemic Approaches in Evaluation’ on January 25 and 26, 2011, I went through some of the work by Bob Williams. He did some interesting work for the FASID “Beyond Logframe; Using Systems Concepts … Continue reading

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Using the Most Significant Change method

I have performed by now several ‘MSC method based’ evaluations (abroad and in the Netherlands) and coached several groups of evaluators as well. What actually strikes me when using MSC is that many people perceive the method -in first instance- … Continue reading

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