The 26th Event of the Vienna Evaluation Network will take place on May 25, 2023

Topic: Evaluation and the Transformational Imperative

by guest speaker Scott Chaplowe (Monitoring and Evaluation Solutions for
Social and Environmental Change)

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Evaluation and the Transformational Imperative – This moment for transformation is a response to our dire global emergency to go beyond incremental change for radical innovation and global systems change at multiple levels in society if it is to survive. How can evaluation, a profession in the business of assessment and advising, meet the moment and inform and participate in the transformation? This webinar will explore the potential role evaluation can play in transforming society. It will examine the concept of transformation, and both barriers and enabling practices for evaluation to meet the transformational moment.

Scott G. Chaplowe is an evaluation and strategy specialist with over 24 years’ experience working with civic, public, and private organizations seeking sustainable solutions for social and environmental challenges. Prior jobs include Director of Evidence, Monitoring and Evaluation for the Climate Change portfolio at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Senior Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Advisor with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Scott’s academic training in Geography, with a focus on cultural and political ecology, informs his focus on complex systems analysis and adaptive evaluation. He has authored publications on and engages in forums at the intersection of evaluation, sustainable development, and transformation, and has provided professional development workshops globally for six evaluation associations (VOPES). Scott serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for the International Evaluation Academy, on the American Evaluation Association’s International Working Group, and is active in several other international evaluation forums and initiatives.

WHEN: Thursday, May 25, 2023, 4-5.30pm CET

WHERE: This is an online event.

The event will start with a presentation by the guest speaker. After the presentation, a discussion about the topic will take place.

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21st VEN Event 
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View or download the slides (PDF) here

19th VEN Event
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View or download the slides (PDF) here

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View or download the slides (PDF) here

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

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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 CET
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by guest speaker Angela Wroblewski (Institute for Advanced Studies)

View or download the slides (PDF): Wroblewski_VENSlides_23Jan2019

7th VEN Event
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6th VEN Event
October 22, 2018, 4-5.30pm CET
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by guest speaker Christian Boehler
View or download the slides (PDF): Boehler_VENSlides_22Oct2018

5th VEN Event
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Mainstreaming “Value For Money” in Development and Humanitarian Programming
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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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Inaugural VEN Event
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