In this post our Senior Consultant and evaluation theory whiz, Caitlin Barry, shares her research into making evaluation capacity building work. Over the past decade there has been a growing emphasis worldwide on evaluation capacity building (ECB). The increasing need for organisations to develop their evaluation capacity is being driven by the need to demonstrate accountability and improve program performance, among other factors. I have an enormous appreciation of internal staff required t...
In my most recent blog I explored a light bulb moment around Developmental Evaluation . Since then I have been musing about the role of the Most Significant Change Technique (MSC) in design and Developmental Evaluation. Although MSC certainly wouldn’t be the only tool you would use; I think MSC could be an exciting part of a Developmental Evaluator’s tool kit. Developmental Evaluation is appropriate to use in innovative, complex and adaptive environments, it allows evaluation to occur even w...
Client The Telstra Foundation Challenge Telstra Foundation was looking to find a way to tell the overall performance story of its investments. While it routinely conducted external evaluations of individual investments, it struggled to capture the performance at the portfolio level. It was around this time that the Foundation reached out to Clear Horizon. Solution One of the first things we did together was to co-develop a ‘ theory of change’ that aimed to show how all the investments fit to...
Client United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) Challenge KNOWFOR (“Improving the way knowledge on forests is understood and used internationally”) is a DFID funded partnership program that seeks to improve the use of forest knowledge by decision makers across the sector. KNOWFOR  brings together the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Bank Program of Forests (PROFOR). The original M...
In this post our Principal Consultant, Byron Pakula, shares some thoughts about the design, monitoring and evaluation of innovative research funds. Across the globe, and particularly in Australia at the moment, more and more emphasis is placed on innovation. “Welcome to the Ideas Boom” is the new tagline for the Australian Governments’ National Innovation & Science Agenda. Innovation is essential for improving the productivity of economies around the world and transforming the efficiency of ...
In this post our Founding Director, Dr Jess Dart, shares some reflections from the recent Complexity and Evaluation in an Uncertain World Conference in Melbourne. A big focus of the  Complexity and Evaluation in an Uncertain World Conference  was on  Developmental Evaluation .  Michael Quinn Patton  Skyped in for the morning with his amazing words of wisdom. I particularly loved his description of why we need evaluators. Patton used the example of having bad-breath, he explained that it is h...
It’s that time of the year again where we resolve to re-enter the gym; eat something that resembles a vegetable; and watch less Netflix. We at Clear Horizon are no different. We asked some of our consultants to share their resolutions or ‘eval-utions’ that will guide how they practice M&E in 2016 and beyond. ‘Ask the right questions’- Tom Hannon, Consultant In scoping projects, I’d like to focus on asking the right questions early on. This is important to both get to the core of what clients...