Both facilities themselves and debates on their effectiveness have proliferated in recent years. Working papers , blog posts , conference presentations (see panel 4e of the 2019 AAC ), DFAT internal reviews, and even Senate Estimates hearings have unearthed strong views on both sides of the ledger. However, supporting evidence has at times been scarce. Flexibility – a two-edged sword? One root cause of this discord might be a lack of clarity about what most facilities are really trying to ac...
This blog forms Part 2 of a 4 part blog series outlining the learnings and reflections of my two colleagues and I who were fortunate enough to attend the 2019 Indigenous Peoples Evaluation conference in Rorotura, New Zealand. The conference was an inspiring and transformative experience for me, as a non-Indigenous person and evaluator. Having worked as a youth worker prior to entering into evaluation, I particularly resonated with the keynote speech given by Marcus Akuhata-Brown, who among m...
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 the Clear Horizon team) and  Liz  who provided questions and reflections at the end of each session from an Ind...
Our Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) course ran at the end of March.  This is our most comprehensive course running over 5 days. We had an enthusiastic group of participants from a variety of organisations including some of our newer staff. Carina Calzoni was the lead trainer for the course with some of staff coming in to offer additional insights on areas of their expertise. Carina reflects on the March MEL program: “As a presenter, the main highlight was discussions and interaction...
Jen Riley our Digital Transformation lead recently spoke with David Pembroke on a GovComms podcast.  The topic of discussion was Social problems & digital solutions. Areas discussed in this episode: The importance of simplicity in communication Preparing an evaluation checklist The qualities of a good evaluator The shifting focus from output to outcomes The impact of technology on change measurement Making data work for us (and not vice versa) Developing a toolkit for social change Avoiding ...
As part of Clear Horizon’s commitment to supporting Indigenous self-determination, three consultants traveled to Rotorua, New Zealand, to participate in the first Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Evaluation. To say that we were privileged, humbled, moved and challenged would be an understatement. We would like to acknowledge with sincere gratitude the hospitality, generosity, wisdom and insight extended to us by the conference organisers from M ā Te Rae, our hosts from the Ohomairangi Marae...
A reflection on the recent Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) ‘Evaluation of DFAT Investment Level Monitoring Systems’ (Dec 2018) Disclaimer: the views expressed below are solely those of Damien Sweeney and do not represent Clear Horizon’s. The ODE recently released a report on DFAT Investment Level Monitoring Systems , with the purpose of improving how Australian Aid investments are monitored. The report focused on the design and use of monitoring systems by DFAT investment managers ...
In parallel, to our reflections on our work through the Breath In sessions, we have been working out how we can do Breath Ins in a way that is worthwhile for all involved, that respects our associated ‘responsibilities’ and manages for some of the inherent conflicts present in the group. Participating in the Breath In sessions are a CEO, three consultants, a government employee working in a central backbone and a backbone leader based out of a NGO. We come together well because we are all pr...
At a recent BreathIn session,… (Wait a what? - A Breath In is like of community of practice, its where we get to stop and reflect collectively across the work we and others are doing to test, stretch and create ideas and practice) … Jess Dart, Ellise Barkley, Mila Waise, Anna Powell, Liz Bloom and I gathered to reflect on what we have learnt recently about working on place-based initiatives, the generic theory of change model we have all had a hand developing our learnings around evaluation ...
At Clear Horizon, we have been grappling with how to effectively – and efficiently – improve the monitoring, evaluation and learning of programmes.  Over the many years of experience, and across the range of programmes and partners we work with, one thing remains abundantly clear: the quality of the monitoring is the cornerstone for effective evaluation, learning and programme effectiveness.  In the international development sector, which has some quite large investments that operate in extr...