By Zazie Tolmer Late last year an opportunity came up for a Clear Horizon consultant to work full time as an embedded evaluator in a Collective Impact initiative. I jumped at the opportunity and have been part of the backbone team for the last eight months. Over that time, the way I approach my practice has changed considerably and I finally feel that I am getting a handle on what it feels like to be a Developmental Evaluator. I have learnt: To go where the positive energy is – Rather than t...
Digital start-up Navigating Outcomes to join world-class evaluation company Clear Horizon in joint bid to transform Australian social impact landscape. There were many unknowns when Australian evaluator Jen Riley first set out to create her own social impact consultancy, Navigating Outcomes. Who her key audience and clients would be, how she could secure the diverse skill sets needed to run her own business, and how she might translate the sometimes overwhelming world of monitoring and evalu...
Back in December 2017, Tom Hannon and Jess Dart posted the first Design & Evaluation – We’re better together blog. At the time, Clear Horizon had just finished delivering our first public training on the Integrated Design, Evaluation and Engagement with Purpose (InDEEP) Framework, which we developed with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI). The InDEEP Framework sets out the design cycle in five phases (discover, define, prototyping, piloting and scaling) and the potential eva...
Over the last few years, as we work more in the social innovation space, our practice has been fruitfully challenged. Ten years ago the majority of our work focused on programs. Increasingly, as evaluators, we provide services across initiatives working towards effecting system changes. Our toolkits have had to expand with our work and we are continually sharpening our skills – and even becoming more agile! Our theory of change toolkit has, as a result, greatly expanded. We have learnt new a...
I have been getting excited about process tracing recently; for example, as used in this report that evaluates 25 collective impact initiatives. Process tracing is a way to back a claim about contribution without using experimental techniques. However, when I talk about process tracing to my non-evaluator colleagues, their eyes glaze over and I can almost hear them groan. They want to know: “Isn’t there a simpler approach we can use ourselves?” So while the geek in me loves process tracing a...
Shared measurement is a core part of collective impact  (CI), a form of place-based approach to collaborative, community-directed efforts to bring about social change. In a nutshell, shared measurement is the “use of a common set of measures to monitor performance, track progress towards outcomes, and learn what is and is not working in the group’s collective approach” (John Kania, FSG). Why shared measurement Shared measurement involves collecting data and measuring results consistently on ...
Liz Bloom, Consultant (Clear Horizon) As a new staff member at Clear Horizon it was very helpful to attend Clear Horizon’s Integrated Design, Evaluation and Engagement with Purpose (InDEEP) training recently here in Melbourne. The training was facilitated by the ‘evaluators’ here at Clear Horizon as well as the ‘designers’ from The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI). Having both perspectives in the room led to some great learnings around the integration of evaluation and Human C...
Clear Horizon is contracted to provide monitoring and evaluation advisory support for the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP). The supports include: Providing strategic and technical advice on finalising the overarching Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework and sub-program M&E plans and tools. Developing case studies to demonstrate AAPTIP’s contribution to the development of some policies related to trafficking in-person using Significant Instances of Policy ...
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is contracting Clear Horizon to provide Quality Investment Support Services (QISS) for the Australian Aid Program in Indonesia, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Mekong region, Nauru and some Pacific countries. This service includes technical and advisory support and focuses on improving quality of M&E at all stages of the investment cycle through practical and timely assistance. This service also assists DFAT to improve the...
Clear Horizon undertook a mid-term review of the Tuvalu Fisheries Support Programme (TFSP) funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). The evaluation used a theory-based approach, which included testing the existing Theory of Change (ToC) against results to date and identifying what was working and what wasn’t and why. Clear Horizon worked with a local consultant to collect data. The evaluation identified strengths and gaps, including factors that constrained the ...