gLOCAL is a week of learning and exchange, sharing local and global monitoring and evaluation knowledge.
The Inspiration of gLOCAL Evaluation Week comes from the acknowledgement of two forces that are shaping today's evaluation landscape, where global knowledge shapes local evaluation practices and local experiences influence global evaluation thinking.
Hear from Guidehouse Experts at the Event
Remote Data Collection Tools and Trends: How Changes during COVID-19 Can Translate to Richer Remote Data Collection in Challenging Environments
- Time: Wednesday, June 1, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (EST)
- Guidehouse speakers: Samantha Brister (Managing Consultant) and Kathleen Langlais (Consultant)
- Session summary: Which, if any, of the increasingly popular tools and emerging trends observed in remote data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to guide monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities moving forward? This roundtable and facilitated Q&A with M&E practitioners from Guidehouse will give participants the opportunity to learn from their experiences and lessons learned designing programs, conducting monitoring activities, and leading evaluations for various U.S. Government actors around the world. The roundtable will discuss the tools and methodologies that have demonstrated the greatest value so far and explore emerging trends in remote data collection. The group will also discuss the largest areas for growth and what new methodologies could be useful in addressing those weaknesses. This conversation will allow the presenters and audience members to reflect on and share what has worked well in this continually changing environment and consider tools and methods that will be the future of data collection.
The Times They Are A-Changin’: Adapting Organization to Foster “Cultures of Evidence"
- Time: Thursday, June 2, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (EST)
- Guidehouse speakers: Lindsay Scanlon (Managing Consultant), Kelly Zimmerman, Alyssa Deffenbaugh, Whitney Stewart (all 3 Senior Consultants)
- Session summary: What happens when policymakers increasingly charge organizations with creating stronger “cultures of evidence”? What does that even mean, and where does one even begin? This roundtable and facilitated Q&A with evaluators and change management professionals from Guidehouse will give participants the opportunity to learn from their experiences and lessons learned in helping various bureaus across the U.S. government adopt more systematic processes where employees regularly develop and answer learning questions, create plans to disseminate and use evaluation findings, and update learning agendas to reflect new frontiers. The roundtable conversation will explore what a “culture of evidence” looks like, feels like, and behaves like. With many practitioners asking the perennial questions of how evaluations can be more useful and drive impact, this conversation will allow one group of M&E, change management, and evaluation professionals the opportunity to cast their gaze inward and reflect on the technologies, methods, and partnership attributes needed to help organizations produce, disseminate, and utilize valuable insights and recommendations in diverse operating environments.
We Made a Theory of Change. Now What?
- Time: Friday, June 3, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (EST)
- Guidehouse speaker: Elizabeth Sweitzer (Senior Consultant)
- Session summary: This workshop focuses on an opportunity to collaboratively explore the various ways in which Theories of Change (ToC[s]) can be used iteratively throughout the lifecycle of project to help review, reflect, and course correct projects. Through an immersive role-playing activity, participants will take on roles of different stakeholders on a fictitious project, test each others’ assumptions, and discover new and novel ways to problem-solve using a ToC. By using a ToC not only as a product, but as a process, participants will learn about a multitude of benefits of ToCs such as: proactively identifying risks, triggering reflection and iterative learning, appropriately adapting work plans, strengthening communication, establishing (or maintaining) stakeholder buy-in, and facilitating proper hand-over. In this 90-minute hands-on workshop participants will learn novel ways to use a ToC to reflect on their assumptions and biases, engage with new types of stakeholders and funders, and identify issues that emerge within a simulated project and explore how to mitigate them.