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Evaluation and Communication in Practice

Designing evaluation and communication strategies together creates a learning space that enables projects to be clear on their goals and strategies, and to adjust them. This finding is the outcome of five years of action-research by the DECI-2 project. The DECI-2 Team is launching their revamped website.

The new website profiles a searchable knowledge base with over 80 documents, and a new on-line E-Guide directed primarily to practitioners. DECI-2 stands for “Developing Evaluation and Communication Capacity in Information Society Research” and has been a research project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Ottawa) and UKAid’s INASSA program. The DECI-2 team is based in several countries and continents, and its members continue to adapt the approach that is being shared through the website.

  • Evaluation Practitioners will find examples of utilization-focused evaluation (UFE) and developmental evaluation initiatives. You will also discover the benefits of introducing communication planning early on into an evaluation process.
  • Communication Practitioners will find examples of research communication (ResCom) used as a tool to help research projects design their communication strategies early on. You will discover the added value of introducing evaluation questions into communication planning.
  • Mentors and Facilitators of Learning will recognize the value of just-in-time mentoring, whereby projects receive support at their own pace, when they are ready. You will also discover the important of a Readiness Assessment early on, to confirm that conditions are present within which demand-driven mentoring will be effective.
  • Project managers and Commissioners of Evaluation will discover the benefits of the simplified hybrid approach, where evaluation and communication planning enhance each other. You will recognize the value of having project teams gain a sense of ownership over their evaluation and communication strategies.

The bulks of the materials presented are designated Creative Commons (BY-). The DECI-2 Team continues to adapt this hybrid process with the support of IDRC and with other partners, and they look forward to hearing about similar experiences from those who visit the website.

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