Innovation, agile programmes, adaptive management and dynamic change require approaches to evaluation that go beyond “plan your work and work your plan”. Michael Patton’s Developmental Evaluation (DE) offers a framework to deal with these kinds of situations. While Patton himself speaks of the “DE niche”, recent developments in programming and the current crisis suggest that his flexible approach should in fact be adequate for a wider range of evaluands.
The session wants to discuss the usefulness as well as the challenges of DE by providing exemplars from different fields -- development aid, disability inclusive health, research, philanthropy -- that centre around development and evaluation of innovative programmes. The session will start with a short introduction to DE followed by a panel discussion that will focus on the following questions:
- For what kinds of evaluands / situations is DE used?
- How is DE used? What is the approach taken?
- What kind of mindset is required?
- What is the unique proposition of DE? What are its limits?
- What are common problems and challenges? How can they be overcome?
The session will be facilitated in an interactive way and encourage discussion and reflection.
Facilitation and introduction
Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner, IMPULSE - Evaluation and Organisation Development
Gillian Mackay, Sightsavers: Evaluating innovation in the “Disability Inclusive Development (DID) programme”: Piloting DE to support an Inclusive Health Approach to Improve Quality and Equity in Access to Eye Care Services for Women and Men with Disabilities in Kogi State, Nigeria.
Magdalena Wailzer, Open Innovation in Science (OIS) Center / Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft: The Open Innovation in Science Impact Model: Reflecting on the impact of participatory research using a co-creatively developed theory of change approach.
Frieder Bürkle, Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH: Piloting DE for the planning, monitoring and evaluation of programs and topics.