I-c Innovations in Evaluation Methods

This workshop will present participants with an opportunity to explore different types of innovation in evaluation along with strategies for adopting and adapting them. These methods can improve the depth and breadth of data collection, the validity of interpretation, and the use of evaluation findings—as well as engaging intended beneficiaries in the evaluation process. The session will present the key features of each method together with an example and guidance for finding further information. Participants will have opportunities to investigate which methods are likely to best suit particular evaluation questions and situations and how they might appropriately choose innovative methods and implement them successfully in their particular context. The workshop will cover a range of innovative methods that have been used successfully in development evaluations, including using mobile phones for data collection, big data, interactive mapping of crowd sourced data, community mapping, participatory video and photography, and using social media for data collection and dissemination.