TEI is proud to offer its course on “Project Management and Oversight for Evaluators” in a highly interactive online format during September 2017.

The course will be offered as a 4-part series, meeting twice a week for two weeks in a virtual classroom using Adobe Connect web-conferencing software.

Instructor: Tessie Catsambas, MPP
Dates: September 19, 21, 26 & 28, 2017; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm EST*
Location: Online (live) web conference
Online Seats Available: 25
Category: Using Evaluation – Strategies and Capacity

*Equivalent to 2 days’ credit towards a TEI Certificate. Attendance of all sessions is mandatory for credit.

Course Fees

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Online Classroom

This course will be taught using TEI’s Adobe Connect classroom interface. All registrants will be emailed a link to the online classroom, but it is strongly advised that you visit our webpage on using the Adobe Connect classroom in advance. Please note that there is no additional charge for loading and using Adobe Connect.

Course Description

Project Management and Oversight for Evaluators

Instructor: Tessie Catsambas, MPP

Description: The purpose of this course is to provide new and experienced evaluation professionals and funders with strategies, tools and skills to: (1) develop realistic evaluation plans; (2) negotiate needed adjustments when issues arise; (3) organize and manage evaluation teams; (4) monitor evaluation activities and budgets; (5) protect evaluation independence and rigor while responding to client needs; and (6) ensure the quality of evaluation products and briefings.

Evaluation managers have a complex job: they oversee the evaluation process and are responsible for safeguarding the methodological integrity, evaluation activities, and budgets. In many cases they must also manage people, including clients, various stakeholders, and other evaluation team members. Evaluation managers shoulder the responsibility for the success of the evaluation, frequently dealing with unexpected challenges, and making decisions that influence the quality and usefulness of the evaluation.

Against a backdrop of demanding technical requirements and a dynamic political environment, the goal of evaluation management is to develop, with available resources and time, valid and useful measurement information and findings, and ensure the quality of the process, products and services included in the contract. Management decisions influence methodological decisions and vice versa, as method choice has cost implications.

The course methodology will be experiential and didactic, drawing on participants’ experience and engaging them with diverse material. It will include paper and online tools for managing teams, work products and clients; an in-class simulation game with expert judges; case examples; reading; and a master checklist of processes and sample forms to organize and manage an evaluation effectively. At the end of this training, participants will be prepared to follow a systematic process with support tools for commissioning and managing evaluations, and will feel more confident to lead evaluation teams and negotiate with clients and evaluators for better evaluations.

Programs and Events
July 10-22, 2017
Presenting Data in Creative Ways Panel, July 10
Demand-Side Evaluation Panel, July 20
September 2017 Program
Project Management & Oversight for Evaluators, Sept 19-28, 2017
Project Management & Oversight for Evaluators, Dec 5-14, 2017
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