SYMPOSIUM | Timely Evaluation for Programme Improvement

CfE co-deputy Director James Lewis

Date: Thu 23 Nov 2017             Venue: Wellcome Trust

The success of health interventions and programmes largely depends on how well they are implemented. Most evaluations are done retrospectively, providing learning ‘for next time’, which is important but misses key opportunities to improve interventions and programmes as they are being delivered. Programmes are increasingly designed to include concurrent evaluations of early outcomes, with recruitment of evaluation teams at programme inception and using new technologies, to deliver data that can be used in real-time to improve programme implementation. Therefore, there is a need to adapt and develop new methods for using this timely evaluation data to improve programmes, and evaluating whether its use is successful in improving the impact of programmes.

The Centre for Evaluation convened a full day of interesting presentations by speakers from various disciplines and sectors, as well as engaging discussions, to understand how evaluations can learn more for this time. The symposium was organised into three sessions:

Session 1: Doing “timely evaluations for programme improvement”. Watch the session online.

  • James Copestake (Uni of Bath): Relationships, technique, skill and (yes) timing: the choreography of credible and useful impact evaluation using the QuIP
  • Martin Dale (PSI): Bridging the gap between data and the implementation narrative using DHIS2
  • Val Curtis (LSHTM): Using BCD for timely intervention design
  • Aly Visram (OPM): Reflections on ‘timely evaluation for programme improvement’

Session 2: Evaluating “timely evaluations for programme improvement”. Watch the session online.

Session 3: Critiquing “timely evaluations for programme improvement”. Watch the session online.

  • Claire Hutchings (Oxfam): But whose evaluation is it?
  • Reflections from Sophie Hawksworth (Wellcome Trust) and Andrew Shaw (DfID)
  • Key note speaker Annette Boaz (St George’s and Kingston): Conducting timely and useable evaluation for programme improvement: Is stakeholder engagement the answer?
For a summary of the day read our blog posts from MSc students Emilie Koum BessonNisso Nurova and Sarah Woodhall.
This event followed an internal scoping exercise held at the School in June 2017. You can watch the presentations from the first event online.