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DAY 1 – Concepts, Challenges and Cases

Time      Topic     
08.00      Registration     
09.00 Opening by conference organisers
09.15 Welcome and road map of the event – Isaac Bekalo, event chair
09.45 Rainbow Lexicon
10.30      Break     
11.00 Making evaluation work for SPARC – being rigorous and ensuring it serves societal change”Sheela Patel, founding member of world-renowned NGO ‘SPARC’ in Mumbai, India and award winning social activist. Please find her presentation here.
11.35 Exploring the implications of ‘complicated’ and ‘complexity’ for evaluative practice”Dr. Patricia Rogers, professor of public sector evaluation at RMIT, Melbourne and award-winning evaluation specialist. Please find her presentation here.
12.10 Plenary reflection and discussion
12.30      Lunch     
13.30 Case Clinics: Round 1. Participants choose two out of nine cases. In the clinics, participants will analyse cases in relation to values and evaluation quality standards present in the case, how an understanding of complexity is enabled, how rigour has been sought, which dilemmas faced, where trade-offs have been made.
15.00      Break     
15.30 Case Clinics: Round 2
17.00 ‘Breaking News!’plenary    
17.30      End of Day 1 with Drinks and Bites     


DAY 2 – Trends, Options and Opportunities

Timing      Topic     
08.30 Breakfast News! plenary start
09.15 Development Cooperation at Crossroads: On what basis to choose new directions?”Maarten Brouwer, special Ambassador of International Cooperation, DGIS (Directorate General for International Cooperation) in The Hague, The Netherlands. Read his speech here.
10.15      Break     
10.45 Methods and More Market
12.30      Lunch     
13.30 Returning to the big questions – group debate through ritual dissent

(i) The methodological debate


(ii) The political debate.
What needs to change and how in order to make possible high quality, value‐driven evaluative practices that embraces complexity? . What constitutes rigorous evaluative practice for embracing complexity?


15.30      Break     
16.00 Connecting the dots. Panel and plenary debate on lifting the game for evaluative practice in development
16.45 Assessing the past days
17.30      Closing     



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