NETWORKS

The UK Evaluation Society is committed to encouraging and supporting the growth and development of national/regional evaluation networks in the UK for a number of reasons:
  • As a potential way of increasing the UKES membership base
  • As an effective way of delivering a year-round programme of regional workshops, seminars and training events
  • As a way of engaging and involving its members and other evaluators in defining and meeting their needs and exchanging information about regional evaluation opportunities
Networks exist in Wales, the North West, the North East, the Midlands, London and the South West. Each of the networks has a key contact person with whom the UKES Council can liaise and a core group of members who are active in organising network activities and communications.

MIDLANDS NETWORK

  • Midlands Network Coordinator
  • Jayne Francis, Senior Social Research Consultant at M E L Research, is the coordinator of the UKES Midlands Regional Network.

    M E L Research is a Birmingham-based independent social research organisation – standing for ‘measurement, evaluation, learning’ – and has been providing evidence-based social policy evaluation, research and consultancy services for 25 years. Jayne has some 20 years experience in social policy research and has worked extensively in the Midlands in the public and third sectors.

    Jayne commented: “We are totally committed to sharing knowledge and learning, and have considerable in-house expertise in organising events including, conferences, seminars and workshops. We hope to meet with as many Midland Network members as possible during 2010 and, in particular, welcome discussions with network colleagues regarding regional planning and activities.”

    Jayne’s contact details are as follows:

    Telephone  0121 604 4664

    Email jayne.francis@m-e-l.co.uk

NORTH EAST NETWORK

NORTH WEST NETWORK

  • UKES North West Evaluation Network
  • NWEN began in late 2001 as the Greater Manchester Evaluation Partnership Group, with initial funding from Manchester, Salford & Trafford Health Action Zone’s evaluation work. In April 2003, the group decided to become a regionwide network, and to become associated with the UK Evaluation Society (UKES). A number of UKES-linked regional networks have been getting going around the UK and this is one of them.

    The network currently has over 125 members across the North West, based in a variety of organisations - health, local government and other public agencies, voluntary sector, universities – as well as freelance. They are involved in evaluation in fields such as health and healthcare, social work, education, regeneration, employment, and youth work.

    Why did it begin?
    • The lack of links between those involved in evaluation in the region: this reduced opportunities for local support and development and also made it harder for those who wanted evaluators to find them.
    • The need expressed by many, from both the statutory and voluntary sectors, for support in doing and using evaluation.
       

    What is its aim?
    To bring together people involved in or interested in evaluation, with a particular value on collaboration, reflexivity, diversity, participation and appropriate (mixed) methods.

    When we started, we said we wanted to:

    • enable useful linkages – among ourselves and with others
    • increase evaluation capability in the area we cover
    • advocate for good evaluation practice to funders and commissioners.

    How can I join?
    NWEN is set up under the auspices of the UK Evaluation Society.  Whereas joining UKES is not obligatory it will allow you access to the full benefits of being part of a professional body, including discounts for paid events, a regular e-newsletter and The Evaluator magazine.

    Anyone who attends an NWEN event is put on the email list (it’s easy to unsubscribe from it).

    You can also join and find out further information at www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/NW-EVAL-NET.html or by contacting the current e-coordinator and convenor.

    Dr. Kath Edgar
    Researcher/Director
    Substance
    kath@substance.coop

    You’ll be sent information about events, evaluations needed and other items of interest, you’ll be able to contact others in the network, and you’ll be part of an exciting new development in evaluation in the North West and around the UK!
     

  • Forthcoming seminar:

    Getting beyond the numbers: Critical theory and the "Science of Evaluation"

    Details will be available shortly.

     

LONDON EVALUATION NETWORK

  • About the London Network
  • The London Evaluation Network of UKES covers the London Region, although its activities are open to all members and non-members of UKES interested in evaluation.

    Its aims are to:

    1. add to the understanding of evaluation in the UK and London Region
    2. advance the aims of the UKES and increase its membership
    3. contribute to the professional development of advanced practitioners and develop a new cadre of evaluators
    4. provide a platform for debate and discussion on critical issues in evaluation theory and practice

    If you would like more information on the network, please contact Ulrike Hotopp

    Email: ulrike.hotopp@defra.gsi.gov.uk

  • UKES: London Regional Evaluation Network Event
     

    Making the best use of limited resources in development evaluations
    Richard Longhurst
    Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies  

    Wednesday, 22nd April 2015
     4.00pm to 5.30pm

    Location:  University College London (UCL), Malet Place (off Torrington Place), Darwin Building
    Seminar Room B15

    Book now: places are limited

    Join us to hear more about how to undertake quality evaluations under budget constraints! In this UKES London Network event, Richard Longhurst will present a framework that relates the type of evaluation to the resources available to enable better implementation and use of evaluations.

    There has been a huge increase in the interest, advice and research on evaluation methods over the last 10 years in the area of international development evaluations, and similarly in the domestic scene. This is very welcome, of course.  But many practitioners have found this frustrating as there is scant reference to the quantity and quality of resources required to implement evaluations (budget line, personnel, management expertise). These resources are often very limited, have to be deployed to best methodological effect and also recognise the governance structure of the commissioning agency.

    Richard Longhurst is a development economist and a Research Associate at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University. He has worked as an evaluation manager and evaluator for several multilateral development organisations.

    Please register your interest in attending with: Leila.Ghosh@defra.gsi.gov.uk
    Registration is from 4pm with the main session starting promptly at 4.30pm. Booking and confirmation of booking are essential as places are limited. In order to attend, please complete the registration form.

    The event is free to UKES members.  There is a charge of £50 for non-members payable by check to the UK Evaluation Society (or cash) at the door. To become a UKES member please click: https://www.evaluation.org.uk/membership

     

  • Centering Evaluation in Culture
  • UKES London/SouthEast
    is pleased to invite you to a meeting of the Regional Network

    Centering Evaluation in Culture
    Professor Karen Kirkhart
    Friday 15th May 2015  
    4pm to 6 p.m. (Registration from 3.30 p.m.)
    Venue: Comic Relief, Ist floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP
    Book now – Places are limited!


    Abstract
    In what ways can evaluation be culturally responsive? This workshop takes as its main premise the centrality of culture to all aspects of evaluation. Construing culture broadly to address individual and collective characteristics of both persons and organizations and their surroundings, the workshop will explore the different elements in the theory and practice of Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE). It will show how culture shapes theory and practice in evaluation, both facilitating and constraining the influence of evaluation through the process of planning and conducting an evaluation and through the results obtained. It will also examine how culture demands critical reflection on concepts such as validity and multicultural validity, which must also be understood as culturally located. The idea behind each segment in CRE is discussed and resources and illustrations provided before engaging  in dialogue drawing on participant experiences, examples, and questions.

    Bio: KAREN E. KIRKHART is professor of social work in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University and an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Culturally Responsive Assessment and Evaluation (CREA) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds an MSW and a PhD degree in social work and social science from the University of Michigan. Karen served as President of the American Evaluation Association in 1994 and has held a number of leadership roles in that organization. Her work on multicultural validity brings issues of cultural competence to the centre of the evaluation profession. Her most recent publication, coauthored with Joan LaFrance and Richard Nichols, is “Cultural views of validity: A conversation,” in In S. Hood, R. K. Hopson, & H. Frierson (Eds.) (2015), Continuing the journey to reposition culture and cultural context in evaluation theory and practice.

    Registration will be from 3. 30pm with the main session starting at 4pm. Tea and coffee will be available at registration. The event is free to UKES members, £25.00 to non-members. Booking and confirmation of booking are essential as places are limited. In order to attend, please complete the registration form.

YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER NETWORK

  • UKES Yorkshire and Humber Evaluation Network
  • The Yorkshire and Humber Network covers the whole of the region and is focused on serving the evaluation needs of the region.  Activities are open to all members and non-members of UKES including those from outside the region and form part of a national programme for networking and training opportunities for members.

     We exist to:
     

    • Support those in the region working in evaluation or with evaluation evidence;
    • Add to the knowledge and understanding of evaluation in Yorkshire and Humber;
    • Contribute to knowledge and innovation in evaluation theory, methods and practice;
    • Advance the aims of UKES and increase its membership;
    • Bring together evaluators, evaluation commissioners and users of evaluation in the region.

    We aim to hold at least four network events each year in the region and to offer occasional evaluation training workshops.

    Mike Chadwick, m.chadwick@shu.ac.uk or
    Jessica Baxendale, jessica.k.baxendale@student.shu.ac.uk
    Sarah Thompson, sarah.thompson@ekosgen.co.uk
     


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