Core Course

The 2016 Core Course offers more than 80 instructional hours, complete with theory, tools, case studies, discussion groups, and readings, based on modules developed and delivered by experienced evaluation specialists and instructors.

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2016 CORE Course Preliminary Schedule
Week 1

Monday
June 6

Tuesday
June 7

Wednesday
June 8

Thursday
June 9

Friday
June 10

9:00 - 12:30

Welcome and Introduction, Course Objectives and Overview

Module 1:
Introduction to Development Evaluation

  • Evaluation: What is it?

  • Origins and History of the Evaluation Discipline

  • Development Evaluation Context

  • Principles and Standards of Development Evaluation

  • Module 3:
    Building a Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation System

  • What Is Results-Based M&E?

  • Traditional Versus Results-Based M&E

  • Ten Steps

  • Module 5:
    Developing Evaluation Questions and Starting the Design Matrix

  • Sources of Questions

  • Types of Questions

  • Identifying and Selecting Questions

  • Developing Good Evaluation Questions

  • Designing the Evaluation

  • Module 6:
    Considering the Evaluation Approach

  • Introduction

  • General Approaches to Evaluation

  • Module 7
    (continued)

    12:30 - 2:00
    Lunch and Networking
    Lunch and Networking
    Speaker’s Luncheon
    Roundtables
    Lunch and Networking
    2:00 - 5:30

    Module 2:
    Understanding the Issues Driving Development Evaluation

  • Evaluation in Developed and Developing Countries

  • Implications of Emerging Development Issues

  • Module 4:
    Understanding the Evaluation Context and the Program Theory of Change

  • Front-End Analysis

  • Identifying the Main Client and Key Stakeholders

  • Constructing, Using and Assessing a Theory of Change

    Introduction to Group Work Session
  • Module 5
    (continued)

    Open Discussion Session with Core Faculty Member

    Module 7
    Selecting Designs for Cause-and-Effect, Normative and Descriptive Evaluation Questions

  • Designs for Descriptive Questions

  • Designs for Normative Questions

  • Mini-Workshops:

    • Vision and Perspective: Unleashing Your Creativity
    • Dashboards and Data Visualization
    • New Evaluation Methods: Technologies and Techniques
    Small Group Work
    Small Group Work
    Small Group Work
    6:30 - 8:00
    Opening Dinner Reception
    Dinner
    Dinner
    Dinner
    Ottawa City Tour

     
    2016 CORE Course Preliminary Schedule
    Week 2

    Monday
    June 13

    Tuesday
    June 14

    Wednesday
    June 15

    Thursday
    June 16

    Friday
    June 17

    9:00 - 12:30

    Module 8:
    Selecting and Constructing Data Collection Instruments

  • Data Collection Strategies

  • Characteristics of Good Measures

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data

  • Tools for Collecting Data

  • Module 10:
    Planning for and Conducting Data Analysis

  • Data Analysis Strategy

  • Analyzing Qualitative Data

  • Anlayzing Quantitative Data

  • Linking Qualitative and Quantitative Data

    Concurrent Advanced Session:

    • Propensity Score Matching

    Module 11
    (continued)

    Module 12:
    Managing an Evaluation

  • Managing the Design Matrix

  • Contracting the Evaluation

  • Roles and Responsibilities of Different Players

  • Managing People, Tasks and Budgets

  • Module 13:
    Presenting Results

  • Crafting a Communication Strategy

  • Writing an Evaluation Report

  • Displaying Information Visually

  • Making an Oral Presentation

    Module 14:
    Guiding the Evaluator: Evaluation Ethics, Politics, Standards, and Guiding Principles

  • Ethical Behavior

  • Politics and Evaluation

  • Evaluation Standards and Guiding Principles

  • Introduction of Panel Members, Small Group Presentations & Panel Comments

    Evaluation of Core Course

    12:30 - 2:00
    Lunch and Networking
    Speaker’s Luncheon
    Roundtables
    Lunch and Networking
    Lunch and Networking
    2:00 - 5:30

    Module 9:
    Deciding on the Sampling Strategy

  • Introduction to Sampling

  • Types of Samples: Random and Nonrandom

  • Determining the Sample Size

  • Module 11:
    Evaluating Complex Interventions

  • Big Picture Views

  • Joint Evaluations

  • Country Program Evaluations

  • Sector Program Evaluations

  • Thematic Evaluations

  • Evaluation of Global and Regional Partnership Programs

    Open Discussion Session with Core Faculty Member

  • Module 12
    (continued)

    Open Discussion Session with Core Faculty Member

    Wrap-up:
    Looking to the Future of Development Evaluation

    Small Group Work
    Small Group Work
    Small Group Work
    Small Group Work
    6:30 - 8:00
    Week 2 Opening Reception
    Dinner
    Dinner
    Dinner
    Core Course Graduation and Dinner Reception