It was a privilege to present in front of a full room at AES 2017! Who knew so many people were interested in behaviour change! Slides from the presentation are here. Behaviour change interventions undertake activities to bring about change. So how should we select what activities to undertake to influence behaviour change? Should activities be based on what we have been done before? What we are good at? Based on an idea about what works? Based on research about the target group? I first bec...
Ask M&E professionals about technology in M&E and you will get a mix of excitement and uncertainty. There is excitement about the possibilities that technology can offer, but uncertainty about which technologies to use. Before we wade into this, let’s actually define what we mean by technology. I mean software programs, such as Excel, Tableau and Open Data Kit and the associated hardware, such as laptops and mobile phones. Now you may ask what the fuss is all about, we use technology in M&E ...
The themes I noticed at #AES17 included quite a few disheartening ones: the powerlessness of evidence and knowledge (our fine evaluation products!) in the current socio-political environment; the constraints on evaluators imposed by commissioners (she/he who pays the piper, calls the tune); and policy making by twitter and other quick fixes rather than through the deep deliberations that evaluators hope to encourage. Dugan Fraser, who gave the keynote address on the last day of AES17, painte...
Tired but encouraged after 5 days at the #AES17CBR conference. The keynote speakers were outstanding this year. Three main themes stood out for me. In different ways, all the keynote speakers challenged us to question the definition of evaluation being about equipping decision makers – instead we should have higher ambitions and aim to serve the needs of society and the natural world not just the bureaucracy . Sandra Mathison walked us through how the dominant political movements that have i...
There were two stand-out presentations for me at the #aes17CBR, which concludes in Canberra today. On reflection I’ve realised a large part of why these resonated with me has to do with the values of our business, Clear Horizon Consulting, which aspires to work with people and organisations to create a better, more socially just and sustainable world. Specifically, this includes environmental sustainability and Indigenous reconciliation, along with social justice more broadly. Andy Rowe’s ke...
“Should evaluators avoid conflict?”  Anthea posed this incisive question while presenting her case study, only to be retorted by Scott that there is a “difference in managing conflict as opposed to avoiding conflict”.  And off it went, an amazing discussion by the panel and the audience members on the relationship between evaluation, conflict management – and yes, understanding failures. The panel has a conservative estimate of over 200 years of evaluation experience – and that’s just counti...
What a refreshing talk (call to arms?) from Andy, particularly at 4pm on Day 2 of such a thought-inspiring conference!  Andy has thrown down the gauntlet to all of us to make sure that we remain relevant.  And Jess Dart, who convened the keynote, also taught us how to say Anthropocene, the human dynasty that is currently taking over the world and is severely affecting the geological timeline of environmental impacts. Fortunately, Andy has helped us navigate through this complex space.  He ha...
Just spent a stimulating three days in Canberra at the Collaborate for Impact conference.  It’s all about Collective Impact , and it was great to see how the model is evolving to be more structured and codified. There are now 75+ collective impact initiatives around Australia – quite a feat eh? I am most impressed their focus on really investing in the early stages of collaborative venture and creating the common agenda and holding environment - then stepping this out right through the itera...
Over the last year Clear Horizon has formed a close working partnership with SOLIDARITAS, a niche M&E consultancy based in Jakarta, Indonesia.  This partnership is built on a shared passion for tailoring meaningful M&E solutions for organisations across a range of social, environmental and aid effectiveness sectors. We recently partnered with SOLIDARITAS to build an organisational M&E system for the UNDP’s Pulse Lab data innovation project in Jakarta. After working together on two very well-...
This year Clear Horizon has been continuing to learn about the nexus between the growing practice of Design Thinking in social and environmental interventions with evaluative practice.  We’ve enjoyed pulling our own ideas as well as learning from others through the AES Special Interest Group on Design and Evaluation (the SIG). So far as part of the SIG we’ve held two webinars, one in which we set up a framework for understanding how evaluators (including Clear Horizon) are engaging with the ...