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CECAN Webinar: Reflecting and Learning: Using Contribution Analysis

Online, 18 Jan 2023, 13:00 - 14:00
Catherine Currie

Wednesday 18th January 2023, 13:00 – 14:00 GMT

Presenter: Catherine Currie, Independent Evaluation Consultant

Webinar Overview:

In 2019, building on the Centre for Evaluation Innovation’s interest in Contribution Analysis as a flexible evaluative tool, Laura Hopkins and Catherine Currie presented a short paper at the UK Evaluation Society annual conference. It was called Tips and Tools for implementing Contribution analysis: Lessons Learnt from a series of advocacy evaluations.

Three years on, one pandemic later and with the experience of several relevant new consultancies from a range of clients, Catherine has paused, reflected and updated the lessons with some new observations.

This session explores practical evaluation management as well as lessons that touch on embracing major and emerging trends in monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Please join me to continue my reflection and don’t forget to bring your context with you!

Presenter Biography:

I am an independent consultant supporting organisations to sense, reflect and learn. My background as a management consultant and organisation development specialist has merged with over twenty years of international experience as an evaluator. I enjoy complexity and relish grappling with the challenges of organisational monitoring, evaluation and learning.

I have been involved in more than thirty evaluations and I have been lucky enough to engage with a great diversity of clients (I/NGOs, intergovernmental institutions, private funders, philanthropic foundations, bilateral and multilateral institutions, and UN agencies). In 2022, I was part of the team that conducted a Formative Evaluation of UNICEF’s Strategic Plan. I led on the analysis associated with accelerating resource mobilisation, strategic partnerships, advocacy and communications.

In recent years, my consulting portfolio has focused on issues of governance, institutional strengthening and partnerships. For example, conducting an evaluation of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and leading an evaluation of FCDO core funding to Red Cross and Red Crescent Agencies. For the last two years, I have been working with Fondation Botnar to support the development of a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System. At all times, my approach combines inclusive, gender and culturally sensitive participatory processes with thorough analysis. In complex situations, I consciously make decisions about what works best based on current available evidence and context specific analyses.

My evaluative expertise is predominantly in theory-based evaluations and institutional reviews. I am trained and experienced in using and adapting contribution analysis, realist approaches, developmental evaluation, outcome harvesting, Qualitative Impact Assessment Protocol, process tracing, the participatory systems mapping approach and as a research fellow, I used SPSS for statistical analysis.

How to Join:

This talk will take place via a Zoom Webinar – (registration now closed).


Link to Webinar Recording:

If you were unable to join the webinar, you can watch the session via our YouTube channel below. We are also pleased to be able to share a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides, please click here to view.

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