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Evaluation Cultures: Sense-Making in Complex Times

November 22, 2013
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, 19104

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Categories: Seminar

The field of evaluation includes a diversity of professionals representing different national, academic, public and private sectors, as well as personal preferences. Evaluation practices are also influenced by national political cultures, organisational practices and cultural values. Hence a range of views contributes to vigorous ongoing debates about best practices. Rapid changes in the information landscape add to the mix, creating new challenges and emergent evaluation forms and approaches. What are the implications for the development of evaluation so this professional field is fit for the future?

Penny Hawkins is Head of Evaluation at the Department for International Development (DFID).  She was previously at the Rockefeller Foundation based in New York and prior to this was Head of Evaluation for New Zealand Aid at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For the past eleven years, Penny has been an instructor at the International Programme for Development Evaluation (IPDET) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.  She has run workshops, seminars and lectures on various evaluation topics in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Penny is the author of a number of evaluation publications including the recently published book: Evaluation Cultures: Sense-making in Complex Times which she co-edited with Professor Jean-Claude Barbier. She is a former President of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES), a founding board member of the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), and a member of the International Evaluation Research Group (INTEVAL). In 2007, she received the Australasian Evaluation Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation and in 2009 was made a Fellow of the Society.

This talk is part of a series on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) funded by Penn’s Provost’s Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund, and organized together with the Graduate School of Education, the School of Medicine, and Wharton.