17 April 2024

Online (Zoom), 1300 - 1700 GMT

Booking Closed

How to Assess the Quality of Evidence



Course Summary

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in establishing evidence standards, and with an increasing focus on assessing the quality of evidence for case-based or qualitative approaches to evaluation. Developing and using such standards can help to build greater confidence in qualitative evidence and help users to make sense of large volumes of data within or across projects.

This half-day, online training is designed to help participants to understand key criteria and standards to assess evidence quality, particularly geared towards qualitative and case-based approaches to evaluation – and why those criteria and standards are credible, important, and useful. It will help participants to put this understanding into practice to select relevant criteria and develop fit-for-purpose standards. It will also support participants to develop scales and rubrics across projects for portfolio-level analysis.


This is an intermediate course that targets relatively experienced evaluators, researchers, and evaluation commissioners.


Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn how to:

  • assess evidence quality particularly for more qualitative and case-based approaches to evaluation.
  • select relevant criteria and develop appropriate standards.
  • consider how to develop rubrics across projects for portfolio-level analysis.



Dr Tom Aston – Independent Consultant. He has 15 years’ experience working in evaluation. He has recently conducted consultancies for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO), the International Budget Partnership (IBP), and World Vision, among others.

Dr Marina Apgar is a human ecologist with 20 years’ experience working directly with marginalised communities in international development. She is currently Research Fellow at IDS (a core member of the Centre for Development Impact), the impact and evaluation lead for the Tomorrow’s Cities UKRI GCRF Hub and director of evaluation and learning for FCDO-funded CLARISSA programme.

Both are skilled trainers and facilitators of research and evaluation methods and approaches.


Access Details:

This course is offered fully online. Access details will be provided after the booking window closes on 16 April 1400 BST.

If you have any alternative support needs in order to effectively participate in this training, please let us know before booking or as soon as possible after booking by emailing our team on hello@evaluation.org.uk . We look forward to assisting you in whatever way we can.



Refunds will only be provided for participant cancellations received at least 14 days prior to the event. UKES reserves the right to cancel the event, in which case a full refund would be provided.



Non-Members             £200 + VAT
Members                      £150 + VAT
Student Members       £100 + VAT

Bookings close at 1000 BST on 16 April  2024.


*Student bursaries available for full-time students at UK institutions. Apply here: https://www.evaluation.org.uk/student-bursaries-for-ukes-training-courses/