UKES London and South East Training Event
An Introduction to Process Tracing - Day 2
Led by Barbara Befani
Wednesday 8 February 2017
Time: 10.00 – 17.00 (Registration from 09.45)
London Jesus Centre
83 Margaret Street
London W1W 8TB
Who we are
Established in 2004, the UKES London/Southeast Network is a regional network of the United Kingdom Evaluation Society (UKES) which seeks to further the aims of the society by:
- fostering the development of evaluation theory and practice in London and the South East
- building a supportive network of individuals and groups involved in evaluation
- organising professional development and evaluation training events
- acting as an evaluation information exchange.
If you would like more information on the network, please contact Giorgia Iacopini
Peter is the Senior Research & Evaluation Manager at the Money Advice Service, where his team are developing a range of evaluation resources and support to complement the UK Financial Capability Strategy (www.fincap.org.uk). Before the Money Advice Service, Peter worked at the Big Lottery Fund and has 15 years’ experience in designing, commissioning, managing and using evaluation and research - and supporting others to do so - in the public and grant funding sectors.
Stefano D’Errico is heading up monitoring evaluation and learning at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Before IIED he has worked internationally with both civil society organisations and funders in developing monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems. Monitoring and evaluation manager at Comic Relief. Co-wrote Comic Relief's MEL strategy in 2012 and responsible for MEL of the following programmes: education, women and girls, People living in urban slums, people affected by conflict, and people affected by HIV. Set up M&E system for Search for Common Ground Nepal. Led evaluations of projects funded by the World Bank and the Foreign Commonwealth Office.
Giorgia Iacopini is a Senior Evaluator and Consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (www.tavinstitute.org). Her work cuts across a variety of policy areas with a particular interest in evaluations of community cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism programmes. Giorgia’s work includes providing support for self-evaluation and evaluation training.
Sarah Menzies is a consultant with NCVO Charities Evaluation Services running training, external evaluation and capacity building. She is a mixed methods evaluator but has expertise on action research, empowering/inclusive research and working with marginalised communities.
Antonio Capillo is Evaluation and Learning Manager at Comic Relief, where he leads the MEL strategy for strategic initiatives in Health and Wellbeing, Children and Young People, and Trade, Enterprise and Employment. Antonio’s experience includes overviewing and carrying out evaluation designs using multivariate analysis, quasi-experimental methodologies and systematic qualitative research in Africa, Asia, the Latin American and Caribbean region, and the UK.
Kari is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). She has over 25 years of international comparative research and evaluation in the fields of employment and labour markets, including youth labour markets, school-to-work transitions and career trajectories and inclusion of young people across the EU; welfare policies; education and training systems; and human and social capital development.
Madeleine is the Social Impact Manager for Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of the Big Issue Magazine. Madeleine supports social enterprises to develop their capacity in evaluation and social impact practice, working across a variety of fields and sectors. Madeleine began her career working in housing and social security before moving into research and evaluation in the charity sector.
Rowan delivers training and works on projects that build evaluation capacity. She carries out external evaluations. Rowan has particular interest and expertise in education, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. She formerly worked for the environmental charity, Global Action Plan, and the United Kingdom Committee for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF UK) and volunteers with The Youth Funding Network. Rowan joined Charities Evaluation Services in 2015.
Sarah Gray is a Research Analyst at the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Her research concentrates on evaluation and evaluation methodologies. She put in place the first version of WRAP’s impact analysis tool. Current projects include the evaluation and review of reporting to WRAP’s Sustainable Clothing Action Plan, development of an evaluation framework for sustainable electricals, and evidence and evaluation support to the European Clothing Action Plan.
Helen Simons is Professor of Evaluation and Education at the University of Southampton, a past President of UKES (and currently holder of the ethics portfolio on Council) and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences UK and the Royal Society of Arts. Helen specializes in programme, policy and institutional self-evaluation from a democratic evaluation perspective. She has published widely in the theory and practice of evaluation, especially in qualitative methodology, case study evaluation and the politics and ethics of evaluation and is now exploring the utilization of the arts in evaluation practice.
Seminar and workshop topics over the past 10 years
Seminars and workshops have focused on the following topics:
- models of evaluation practice: participatory evaluation, real world evaluation, realist evaluation, impact evaluation, developmental evaluation
- knowledge management and evaluation
- commissioning evaluation
- evaluation in the voluntary sector
- culturally responsive evaluation
- economic evaluation
- ethics in evaluation
Training and professional development
The Network has offered several training days on:
- Introduction to Evaluation
- Making Sense of Evaluation: Key Principles and Skills
- Qualitative Comparative Analysis.
Workshops have also been held where members of UKES and those wishing to become members can discuss their practical issues and receive advice and support. These sessions have proved to be very popular with those attending. More workshops and training days are planned for the future.
Why join the network?
There are many benefits to joining the network. These include:
- sharing and debating the issues at our high quality training and events
- having access to a safe space in which to reflect on evaluation theory and practice
- disseminating knowledge about evaluation in the UK and London/South East Region
- contributing to the evaluation community through knowledge sharing, mentoring, dissemination and networking
- helping to shape the London/South East Network, to ensure professional development needs are addressed and a schedule of events is effectively managed.
How can I get more information about joining the UKES London and South East Network?
Contact network convenor Giorgia Iacopini via email: G.Iacopini@TavInstitute.org
How the network functions
The network is a voluntary group of professionals and experts in the evaluation field who work together to:
- advance the aims of the UKES
- provide a platform for debate on critical issues in evaluation theory and practice
- contribute to the development of evaluation practitioners and other professionals involved in evaluation
- disseminate knowledge about evaluation in the UK and the London/South East region.
The network planning group meets four times a year to plan the year’s activities.