Newcastle University Business School

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Evaluating differently: Principles-Focused Evaluation

Part of the KITE research centre's seminar series

Date/Time: Tuesday 21 November, 16:00 - 18:00

Venue: Partners' Room 8.10, Newcastle University Business School

Guest Speaker: John Wilson

How do we evaluate whether we’re doing a good job, when we work in complex environments? How do we understand whether we’re doing the right thing when the outcomes we help to create are also beyond our control? 

Principles-Focused Evaluation offers a way to answer these questions, by focusing on whether an organisation is adhering to its core principles. 

The aim of the seminar will be to introduce Principles Focused Evaluation (PFE) to participants so that they see:

-          Why PFE has come about?

-          What PFE is?

-          Examples of sets of principles developed using the G.U.I.D.E guidelines 

The introduction will start with a power point presentation and leave lots of time for discussion. Participants will also carry out a couple of exercises to practice developing a ‘principle of effectiveness’ both for their personal lives and related to their work.

John Wilson

"I am a Zimbabwean who has worked with civil society organizations all over Africa and in the UK for the last 30 years, the last 19 of these operating as a ‘freerange facilitator’ to a range of organizations from community based to regional and continental networks. Most of my work is focused on helping these organizations function more effectively. For the last three years I have increasingly brought the Principles Focused Evaluation approach into my work."

"John Wilson is a pioneer in making principles meaningful to community-based organisations and initiatives.  He is a skilled facilitator who brings both knowledge and experience to principles-based programming and principles-focused evaluation." Michael Patton (Full-time evaluator for 40 years and initiator of Utilisation-Focused Evaluation, Developmental Evaluation, and more recently Principles-Focused Evaluation approaches).