Entries by Jess Dart

7 (now 8!) secrets to good MEL

10 years ago founder and Chief Evaluator Jess Dart put together what became a viral presentation on “7 secrets to good Monitoring and Evaluation”. With our next Complete Guide to MEL (Measurement, Evaluation and Learning) course just around the corner, we’re revisiting how these secrets stand the test of time, and look at what we might have missed – our 8th secret to good MEL.

Adapting programs in a time of rapid change

COVID-19 is a time of flux. In a matter of months, we’ve seen social and economic upheaval across the globe. In times of uncertainty and transition, change-making organisations need to be agile and responsive. Our survival and our ability to help others depends on it. With a few tweaks, a well-embedded measurement, evaluation and learning […]

AES International Evaluation Conference Day 1!

Dr Tracey Westerman, proud Aboriginal woman, had me totally gripped throughout her keynote presentation on Day 1 at the AES International Evaluation Conference. She began with the statistic that Australia has the highest rate of child suicide in the word. But she cautioned us to be optimistic and focus also on the positive outcomes that […]

Complexity & Evaluation Conference April 2019

I had the pleasure of being a co-convenor of this year’s evaluation and complexity conference along with Mark Cabaj and Kate McKegg hosted by Collaborate for Impact. The theme this year was “finding our way together”. We were particularly interested in participatory methods and Indigenous evaluation. The conference had two provocateurs – Skye, (who we are delighted has joined […]

Design & Evaluation – We’re Better Together

Last month Clear Horizon and The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) had a great time delivering our new and sold out course on reconciling the worlds of Human Centred Design (HCD) & evaluation. Hot off the press, we’re proud to introduce the Integrated Design, Evaluation and Engagement with Purpose (InDEEP) Framework (Figure 1) which underpinned the course. (Figure […]