Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning – Centre for Evaluation Lecture Series

Representing Theories of Change Technical Challenges and Evaluation Consequences

Venue: LSHTM 15-17 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SH

Room: Jerry Morris B

Date: Wednesday 30th May

Time: 12:45-14:00

Abstract: This lecture will summarise the main points of a paper of the same name. That paper looks at the technical issues associated with the representation of Theories of Change and the implications of design choices for the evaluability of those theories. The focus is on the description of connections between events, rather the events themselves, because this is seen as a widespread design weakness. Using examples and evidence from a range of Internet sources six structural problems are described, along with their consequences for evaluation. The paper then outlines six different ways of addressing these problems, which could be used by programme designers and by evaluators. These solutions range from simple to follow advice on designing more adequate diagrams, to the use of specialist software for the manipulation of much more complex static and dynamic network models. The paper concludes with some caution, speculating on why the design problems are so endemic but also pointing a way forward. Three strands of work are identified that CEDIL and DFID could invest in to develop solutions identified in the paper.

Speaker: Dr Rick Davies

Rick Davies in an independent Monitoring and Evaluation consultant, based in Cambridge, UK. He has managed the MandE NEWS website and email lists since 1997. His recent consultancy work and publications are listed here.

Admission: Free and open to all. Registration is not required. Watch the live-streamed lecture here

Contact: [email protected]

For more information, visit: https://cedilprogramme.org/events/cedil-centre_for_evaluation/ 


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