OPM consultants set to appear at European Evaluation Society 2016 conference
A number of OPM consultants will be taking part in sessions of the European Evaluation Society’s biennial conference this week, which brings together experts in evaluation from all over the world.
The Society will host its 12th conference in Maastricht, the Netherlands from 28th – 30th September, with the overall theme being ‘Evaluation Futures in Europe and beyond’. OPM consultants working in monitoring and evaluation will bring their extensive knowledge of programme evaluations in low- and middle-income countries to the conference, hosting sessions on cutting-edge methodologies and practices.
Team members Tom Pellens and Nils Riemenschneider are hosting two sessions on evaluating adaptive programmes. The first session will focus on their experience of developing the theory of change of OPM’s female economic empowerment programme, ‘Ligada’, in Mozambique, and the second on the importance of looking at assumptions, risks and context as part of monitoring and evaluation of adaptive programmes.
The OPM team is also organising a panel discussion on conceptual and practical innovations in mixed-methods evaluations. OPM staff members Saltanat Rasulova, Fred Merttens and Michele Binci will be joined by Professor James Copestake of the University of Bath and Dr Michael Bamberger, an internationally-renowned mixed methods evaluation consultant, to discuss the topic. James and Michael are experts in evaluating international development programmes, and both have a wide range of theoretical and practical expertise.
The team aims to pass on its knowledge and learn from others at the conference so global evaluation capacity is strengthened, thereby facilitating better-evidenced policymaking in Europe and beyond.