Upcoming events

    • 05/27/2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar
    Theories of change are now commonly used in evaluation, but there remain challenges in using them to their full potential. This session aims to explore some strategies for improving the quality of theories of change and how they are used to inform evaluations and to guide policy and implementation decisions. The webinar is designed to be interactive, with opportunities to share and discuss local examples as well as examples from elsewhere.  

    This webinar will cover:

    • Why it is important to ensure that a theory of change has an explicit change theory and action theory - and ways to do this well
    • How to use a theory of change to guide collection and analysis of diverse data, not just indicators and averages
    • How to use a theory of change to support knowledge translation from evaluation findings to new context


    Patricia Rogers is Chief Executive Officer of BetterEvaluation, a non-profit organisation that works globally to improve evaluation by creating, sharing and supporting use of knowledge about evaluation methods, processes and approaches.  She is a Visiting Professor at the University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa, and was previously Professor of Public Sector Evaluation at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.  â€‹She has used theories of change in evaluation since the mid 1980s, as a basis for developing performance indicators for local government community services.  In 1997 she undertook a post-doctoral fellowship with Professor Carol Weiss at Harvard University on the evaluation of programs for children, focusing particularly on the use of theories of change.  

    Since that time, she has worked to develop and use theories of change to improve evaluations and performance with organisations in diverse sectors, ranging from small community-based projects to large, international programs, including projects with the Rockefeller Foundation, UN Global Pulse, and the Australian Government Standing Committee on Indigenous Housing, and the evaluation of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy that included more than 800 projects across Australia to strengthen community capacity and family capacity.  She is the co-author (with Sue Funnell) of the comprehensive guide Purposeful Program Theory: Effective Use of Theories and Change and Logic Models (Wiley), and author of influential publications on addressing complexity in theories of change.

Past events

05/07/2020 Chicagoland Evaluators Check-In
03/19/2020 POSTPONED: Conquering Evaluation Challenges
12/11/2019 Holiday Party and Annual Business Meeting
11/13/2019 Meet up at American Evaluation Association Conference
10/23/2019 Conquering Evaluation Challenges
09/19/2019 Webinar with Donna Mertens: Using a Transformative Lens for Evaluation of Sustainable Development Goals
08/28/2019 Jazzin' at the Shedd: Evaluation for Liberation with Dr. Rodney Hopson
07/25/2019 "Evidence" for Decision-Making with Jackie Singh
06/20/2019 Conquering Evaluation Challenges
05/15/2019 Re-scheduled! Workshop: Consulting Skills for Evaluators w/ Matt Feldmann, Ph.D.
05/02/2019 Evidence-Informed Design co-sponsored with The Evaluator's Institute
04/16/2019 Designing effective pilot program evaluations in partnership with communities
03/28/2019 A Conversation with AEA President Tessie Catsambas
03/07/2019 Webinar: Data UX with Amelia Kohm
12/11/2018 CEA Holiday Event and Annual Business Meeting
10/31/2018 Meet Up at American Evaluation Association Conference
10/24/2018 Conquering Evaluation Challenges
09/12/2018 Becoming Evaluation Ready: Evaluation Training Session for Community Organizations
08/30/2018 Evaluation & Community Collaboration Conference
08/22/2018 Jazzin' at the Shedd with Leslie Goodyear
05/03/2018 What Can We Learn From a Multitude of Impact Evaluations? with Mark W. Lipsey, PhD
04/10/2018 Empowerment Evaluation Perspectives - A Webinar Conversation w/ David Fetterman, Ph.D.
03/30/2018 Improving Performance Management: Using Results Based Accountability
01/31/2018 Workshop: Introductory Consulting Skills for Evaluators w/ Matt Feldmann, Ph.D.
01/31/2018 Introduction to Independent Consulting
06/28/2017 Reorganize and Reform. Again? with Kathy Newcomer, PhD
11/10/2016 Post #Evaluation2016 Recap
09/14/2016 Nicole Bowman on Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation + Jazzin' at the Shedd
06/15/2016 Evaluating parent's report: hospital interior design and children's anxiety
05/18/2016 The Dashboard Dance: Creating High-Quality, Interactive Data Visualizations

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