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New and Noteworthy — Reads
The Complexity Evaluation Toolkit
The Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus recently published its complexity evaluation toolkit. The toolkit collates information about complex evaluation and covers key issues in commissioning, designing, and managing an evaluation. The toolkit is targeted for those with some understanding of evaluation but needing guidance on how to handle complexity.
12 Foundational Principles for Data Story Design
Juiceanalytics has resources on its site for data professionals. They have a number of resources on data visualization, data storytelling, dashboards, and data products, but its most recent resource is on principles for data story design. The resource presents 12 principles in 12 slides that evaluators should know and practice when presenting data.
Reflections from BetterEvaluation’s outgoing CEO, Patricia Rogers
BetterEvaluation’s CEO, Patricia Rogers, has passed on the reins. After 12 years in her role of CEO she shares some of her highlights and reflections, including: how and why BetterEvaluation started; how its Rainbow Framework was developed; the global nature of BetterEvaluation’s audience, and; the different ways people find BetterEvaluation useful.
Reflections on the Funder & Evaluator Affinity Network
The Funder & Evaluator Affinity Network (FEAN) was created to try and address how evaluators and funders work together to deepen social impact. Four years later it is “sunsetting” and, like good evaluators, asking “so what?” and “now what?” This article outlines the difference FEAN made to its members and four reflections of what is needed going forward.
New and Noteworthy — Courses & Events
Organized by: Centre for Cultural Value
Date: October 13, 2021
Organized by: Virginia Tech
Date(s): October 14, 2021 (Grant Evaluation as a Career); November 18, 2021 (Culturally Responsive STEM Evaluation)
Organized by: Tamarack Institute
Date: November 17, 2021
Type: Virtual Workshop