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Evaluation Training Activities

The last decade has witnessed the progressive spread of the right kind of attention for the evaluation of the impact of, and the results obtained from, financed projects on behalf of service-providers and project activators in the social field. Initially attention was focused on processes and activities (how many hours used, amount of resources invested, how many individuals involved etc.) and only later were more refined and precise dimensions and indicators identified. In turn, this made it possible to accurately evaluate the quality of a project. The organisations that work in the various social, welfare and training fields are as such required to respond to such solicitations. Within such processes evaluation professionals:

  • Are engaged in setting up projects and starting up services and help to define objectives and results so as to put an appropriate evaluation plan in place (outlining those involved, duration/timeframes, instruments and costs of evaluation);
  • Monitor the progress of activities by consistently keeping in contact with the coordinators of the project;
  • Make available material gathered during evaluative research and share it with other members of the network, thus facilitating decision-making;
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of researchers and others responsible for gathering and processing data;
  • Define the ways of organising data and information gathered and look after the presentation of such;
  • Conduct meetings to overview data and define ways of utilising evaluation;

With over a decade's worth of experience in the evaluation field, the Italian Institute of Evaluation promotes training programmes aimed at training professionals who are capable of working in the various phases of the evaluation process.

The evaluation training measures, always set to the specific needs of the clientele, are geared towards providing course participants with aspects peculiar to the evaluation process. Such aspects range from planning measures to be taken, putting in place a framework for research, learning statistical techniques that are useful when collecting and elaborating data to the presentation and reporting of all of the above.