The 19th Event of the Vienna Evaluation Network will take place on Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 4-5.30pm CET

Topic: Evaluations in Times of Covid-19. Implications, Consequences and Lessones Learnt
by guest speaker Karin Kohlweg

To ensure physical distancing, we will host the meeting ONLINE

Please register in advance for this event here:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting in Zoom.

During 2020 and 2021, Covid-19 has not only impacted our lives on an individual, but also at an institutional and societal level in general. Evaluation units, departments and evaluation consultants were no exceptions to this. Planned evaluations and evaluation approaches came to a short “standstill” and needed to be adapted and modified.

Not being able to travel, visiting institutions and individuals had great effects on established evaluation practices and caused methodological challenges. Therefore, evaluation concepts were revised, new guidance notes developed, TOR adapted for these special circumstances, new evaluation methods tested, and a variety of initiatives were launched.

Overall, evaluation commissioners and evaluators faced a variety of organizational, managerial, methodological, technological, and logistical challenges.

The presentation will discuss these challenges and offers insights into different approaches, solutions, and possible consequences for the near future.

Karin Kohlweg is the founder of pme Kohlweg Consulting,, based in Vienna and is currently, the Secretary General of the European Evaluation Society (EES). She is a monitoring and evaluation specialist with more than 15 years of experience in development. She has planned, managed, and implemented different types of evaluations, studies, reviews, and meta-analysis. Karin worked for UNICEF 2 years in Nepal and more than 5 years in Bangladesh and was also, the Head of Evaluation at ADA for many years. She is also a lecturer at different universities and a trainer for theory of change, monitoring and evaluation. She holds one Master Degree in “Social Development Planning and Management” from the University of Swansea, UK and one in “Cultural and Social Anthropology” from the University of Vienna. Karin is also a certified adult education trainer and a gender audit facilitator.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 4-5.30pm CET

WHERE: The venue will be online. Register here.

This event is organised with the support of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research.

The event starts with a presentation by the guest speaker. During the presentation, participants can pose questions and comments in the chat function. After the presentation, participants can also ask questions.

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View or download the slides (PDF) here

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View the video recording here
View or download the slides (PDF) here

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View the video recording here
View or download the slides (PDF): VEN_2020_Jindra_Cekan_SustainingOurHardWork

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View or download the slides (PDF): Copestake_QuIP_presentation_VEN_7May2020

13th VEN Event
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View or download foto protocoll (PDF): VEN_MetaEvaluation_Vogel_FotoProtokoll

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View or download the slides (PDF): Vogl Researching children_VENSlides_2019

11th VEN Event
October 3, 2019 at 4-5.30pm.

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View or download the slides (PDF): Schuch&Warta_FTEVAL_VENSlides_3Oct2019 & FTEVAL_Standards_VENSlides_3Oct2019

10th VEN Event
June 17, 2019 at 4-5.30pm.
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View or download the slides (PDF): Willi_SocialImpactEvaluation_VENSlides_17Jun2019

9th VEN Event
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View or download the slides (PDF): Winter_MixedMethods_VENSlides_11April2019

8th VEN Event
January 23, 2019 at 4-5.30pm.
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View or download the slides (PDF): Wroblewski_VENSlides_23Jan2019

7th VEN Event
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View or download the moderation cards

6th VEN Event
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View or download the slides (PDF): Boehler_VENSlides_22Oct2018

5th VEN Event
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View or download the slides (PDF): Petrovic_VENSlides_25Sep2018

4th VEN Event
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View or download the slides (PDF): Kohlweg_Ringhofer_Slides_13June2018

3rd VEN Event
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View or download the slides (PDF): ONeil_Slides_9May2018

2nd VEN Event
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