Several staff represented Itad at this years’ UKES conference on ‘demonstrating and improving the usefulness of evaluation’. They spoke on a range of subjects from the utility of evaluation to the role of accountability and learning in evaluation.
On Wednesday, Greg Gleed discussed recent Itad projects that have evaluated the quality and utility of evaluations and in particular, what factors contribute to evaluation use such as organisational systems, the purpose and timings of evaluations and how these can be key.
In the same session, Julian Barr and Rob Lloyd reflected on their work on the Value of Evaluations, and the developmental benefits derived from using the knowledge and evidence generated by evaluations.
Chris Perry and Aoife Murray reflected on Itad’s work within adaptive programmes, and how we are using evaluation to make sense of learning within changing interventions.
On Thursday, Mel Punton and Julia Hamaus explored the tension between accountability and learning within the Tilitonse evaluation, discussing how a strong focus on accountability can leave learning on the sidelines.
Have a look at our updates from the conference on Twitter by searching for #ItadAtUKES.
Increasing the use of evaluation results: three tensions to navigate Giada Tu Thanh
Pushing the boundaries: considering new ways of utilising evaluations Bara Sladkova
Evaluations – are they of any use? Reflections before and after the UKES conference Richard Burge
The irony of evaluation – thoughts from the annual UKES conference Greg Gleed
How accountability trumps learning: three lessons from evaluating the Tilitonse programme Melanie Punton and Julia Hamaus
Three lessons from the 2017 UK Evaluation Society Conference Ben Murphy, Aoife Murray and Chris Perry