Building Better Buy-in for Evaluation

Evaluation may provide information relevant to broader public processes such as program improvement, decision-making or accountability. Nonetheless, evaluation’s positive contribution to these goals may be affected by resistance from stakeholders associated with the program being evaluated. Resistance to evaluation may take various forms at different stages of an evaluation initiative. Prior to beginning the evaluation,...

Better accountability through combining RBM with project management tools

As the resettlement of Syrian Refugees exemplifies, government programs, currently running on RBM, can be made more accountable if they were managed using PM principles, as well. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has outlined five accountability criteria for evaluating projects: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impact. Setting the latter two aside, for...

Evaluation – Systematically gathering information. An interview with the President, Canadian Evaluation Society

In this episode, Marcello Sukhdeo fills in for your regular hosts. He speaks with Harry Cummings, President of the Canadian Evaluation Society. Hear about evaluation, who can be evaluators, why evaluate, why it is special and needed, challenges and the future for evaluation. To learn more and to download CES’ handy guides, visit their website  here...

Principled Evaluation: Who Cares?

Compared to audit professionals and their preoccupation with “independence”, evaluation specialists may seem unconcerned about ethical principles. Their fixation is on systematic processes, methods and techniques. Principles underlying evaluations rarely come up in evaluation planning or implementation, and they seldom figure in evaluation reports or follow-ups. Give a workshop to evaluators on “big data” or...

Solving Complex Problems

Having a clear definition of success is one of the key components in achieving the desired results of a project but oftentimes, many projects become too complex to manage. In many of these cases, major projects and programs which are considered initially “complicated” in nature, end up in “chaos”, and often subject to visceral media...

Confronting the Misunderstood

There is growing pressure on governments around the world to be more responsive. This is true for Canada. It is no less the case for Afghanistan. This includes increased demands for good governance, accountability, transparency and the delivery of results. It suggests that ‘stewardship’ over resources and processes is simply not enough. It is a...

TechGov Forum: How network analysis can benefit government agencies

With businesses and government agencies increasingly operating in a highly information-based economy and technologically-linked society, knowing the implications of various social network connections that link individuals and organization will become essential, according to John Burrett. Burrett is president and principal consultant at Haiku Analytics. He is an expert in using data graphics, social network analysis,...

CCH iFirm Tax speeds up online tax preparation

What would it mean for tax professionals to boost their tax preparation time by 75 per cent? Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting , a provider of software and tax expertise, has recently rolled out the CCH iFirm Tax software, its cloud-based software specially designed for accountants, bookkeepers, and tax professionals. What caught the attention of some of its early users...

The three questions you should ask yourself to avoid cost estimation risks

Risk is always present in any undertaking, no matter the size or duration of the project. Risk can jack up program costs, foul up schedules and draw out projects beyond their stated deadlines, and even ultimately derail a program....

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BC Hydro’s Site C dam project and indigenous rights

BC Hydro said it is pushing through with it $9-billion, hydroelectric megaproject on British Columbia’s Peace River despite mounting demands to halt it because the project will destroy ancestral burial grounds as well as traditional hunting of fishing sites of indigenous people....