Last month saw a significant change at Clear Horizon, with the introduction of a new leadership model to support our growth and areas of focus in line with our 2020 strategic plan. Clear Horizon, founded in 2003, has evolved to become a world-leading evaluation consultancy. We currently have many new opportunities on the horizon and we have been growing at a very fast rate. While this is really exciting, it also comes with a lot of challenges which requires strong leadership from across the ...
This blog was prompted by a coffee catch up with Anna Powell, from Collective Ed. in Tasmania and Meg Beilken from Children and Youth Area Partnerships in Victoria. We were sharing our experiences working on place-based initiatives and felt that having a ‘map’ to navigate through the different options for place based work would be so useful! There is no approved definition for place-based approaches.  However, the soon to be published “Evaluation Framework for Place-Based Approaches” which w...
The term ‘impact’ is increasingly seen on products, from toilet paper to water bottles. But what does impact mean? Impact is used widely in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), with a range of definitions depending on how the term is applied. There’s impact evaluation, impact as a criteria, and the term impact itself. Clear Horizon’s Angelos Blackwood and Damien Sweeney recently developed and delivered a one day ‘Introduction to Impact Evaluation’ that aimed to bring clarity to the world of impa...
The Development Assistance Committee spent around USD146.6 billion in net official development assistance in 2017. Was this money well spent? Are there more cost-effective ways of achieving the sustainable development goals? With shrinking foreign aid budgets, finding the best use of limited resources is ever more critical. Decision makers and evaluators are frequently asked to demonstrate to clients and donors the return on their investment. In the complex world of international development...
Clear Horizon recently (2018) led a co-design process for developing an evaluation framework and toolkit for place-based initiatives in Australia and piloted the framework by using it to review Logan Together (Queensland) as proof of concept, in collaboration with all levels of government, philanthropic groups and over 150 practitioners. We worked closely with Department of Social Services and the Queensland Government on this project (who commissioned the work), and developed a toolkit and ...
Organisation-wide strategic and corporate plans generally outline goals and/or outcomes, and set of measures to accompany them, but they are often developed without regard to the theory(s) of change underpinning the change they are seeking, or any analysis of cause and effect. As a result we often end up with strategies or organisational plans that are not particular strategic, and on top of that, measures that don’t help us understand whether we are achieving our strategic priorities. In Oc...
Dr Jess Dart receives the AES highest award for evaluation "Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Award". This year’s Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Award goes to a recognised leader in evaluation who has over 25 years of experience in the collaborative design and evaluation of programs that seek to bring about a more equitable and just society. The judges were impressed by this nominee’s sustained application of authentic inclusivity, and her high level of ethical standards so clea...
By Zazie Tolmer The transformation theme of this year’s evaluation conference in Launceston was very timely. Michael Q. Patton, one of the keynote speakers, pointed out the recent explosion in conferences on transformation but that this is the first evaluation conference to focus on this theme (conference photo credit: Australian Evaluation Society).  The transformation topic was approached from a number of angles with some questioning the transformative power of evaluation – can evaluation ...
The vivid picture of the ‘tiny blue marble’ as seen from space that is our only home, Earth, conjures many emotions. Though the feeling of smallness is not one of them for me, nor are the challenges that Michael Quinn Patton laid out in his keynote welcome speech at the AES evaluation conference  in Launceston. MQP has once again outlined the immense challenges that we face in our sector – how to transform evaluation to something more relevant when applied to global wicked problems. It is ne...
I went to a pre-conference workshop at #AES18LST led by Dr Penny Hagen from Auckland co-design-lab . She walked us a gentle journey down the path of co-design that has values at its heart. She also walked us through the very organic connection between co-design developmental evaluation. The future is integrated design and evaluation, like our Integrated Design, Evaluation and Engagement with Purpose (InDEEP) framework , and after today, I am even more convinced. Along the way we played with ...