8 April 2021

16:00 - 17:15 Online Event

London and South East Network Seminar

Evaluation in the time of COVID 19

An informal discussion about the implications of the pandemic for the evaluation community.  We will be talking about the current challenges and uncertainties and how we, as evaluators and commissioners, are responding to these.

Lorna Adams, Research Director at IFF Research, in conversation with Peter Bailey, Senior Evaluation Manager at the Money and Pensions Service.

Lorna will be discussing the challenges of carrying out evaluations during a pandemic from an evaluator’s perspective, whilst Pete will offer comments from a commissioner’s point of view.


a)  Opening presentations from Lorna and Pete (~ 20 mins)

How has the changing context affected the methods used?
How has the evaluation tried to stay faithful to the original Evaluation Questions?  Or have the questions changed?  And if they did, how have evaluators and commissioners/funders worked together to agree changes?
How has the pandemic affected researchers and evaluators

b)  Open Floor discussion in breakout rooms – sharing experiences, challenges, tips and approaches (~40 mins)

c)  Final discussion – how can the UKES London and South East Network support the community in the upcoming year, what topics would be helpful for future sessions? (~15 mins)

Lorna specialises in public policy research across the fields of education, skills, welfare and business practices.  She has a long history of working for Government Departments such as the DWP, BEIS and HMRC and providing good quality robust research that has helped inform some interesting policy debates.  She has been involved in designing and delivering some complex technical projects that have often used mixed methodologies and nearly always needed a healthy dose of pragmatism.

Pete has 20 years’ experience in designing, commissioning, managing and using evaluation and research – from small in-house evaluations to complex strategic studies – gaining a broad knowledge of evaluation approaches along the way.

Registration to the webinar will be from 3.45 pm.  The main session will start at 4.00 pm

If you have any queries, please contact Andy Boulding at Andrew.Boulding@wrap.org.uk

The event is free of charge but booking is essential, book below and a link to participate in the webinar will be sent following your registration


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