December 2, 2021

Winner announced – the Dione Hills Tavistock Institute and UK Evaluation Society Prize

Complexity informed thinking in evaluation


Dione Hills was an invaluable contributor to the UK Evaluation Society for many years. She helped shape the Society as a member of UKES and its Council, in particular in the development of the Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review process and ongoing evaluation training. She had a special interest in complexity and evaluative thinking.

In her memory, the Society and the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, which has been Dione’s professional home for 35 years, offered a prize for the best short paper on the application of complexity informed thinking in the field of evaluation.

We are delighted to announce that the winner is Cathy Sharp, of Research for Real, for her paper ‘Be a participant, not a spectator – new territories for evaluation’. Cathy’s paper was creatively written and highlighted her professional experience which fed into her reflections on evaluating in complexity.

Cathy said of her win:

“I am thrilled to win this prize and very much enjoyed the writing process. It has helped me to make sense of some of the very real day to day challenges of evaluation in complexity. I hope the essay will intrigue and inspire you to find your own ways to talk about these issues. Thank you to UKES and the Tavistock Institute for making it possible to honour Dione Hills in this way.”

Cathy’s paper will be published in a forthcoming issue of The Evaluator, so watch this space.