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Introductory sessions 

Explore causal methods and approaches

Due to popular demand, we are repeating some of the Day 3 sessions from our 2023 Causal Pathways Symposium, and we’ve added two new sessions! 

 

Are you curious to learn more about how to explore how change is coming about in complex contexts where multiple actors and factors are involved? The Causal Pathways Initiative is excited to offer a series of webinars to introduce evaluators and evaluation commissioners to a number of approaches that can help us explore and understand these causal pathways. During the weeks of April 15th and 22nd, we will offer nine one-hour webinars during which experts will introduce participants to ways to think about method selection, as well as to approaches that can be used to explore causal pathways.

 

See topics below; registration closed on April 10, 2024. Make sure to opt in to our newsletter at the bottom of the page to be the first to know about future training opportunities!

Offerings

4/15 @ 11:00am ET

How do I mix and combine methods?

In this session we will explore when to use different methods and how to combine them to make visible causal pathways.

Marina Apgar

Institute of Development Studies

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Tom Aston

Independent Consultant

4/16 @ 11:00am ET

Introduction to Qualitative Impact Protocol (QuIP)

In this session we will discuss QuIP, a non-experimental goal free approach to impact evaluation that can map and analyze causal mechanisms.

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Fiona Remnant

Bath SDR

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James Copestake

Bath SDR

4/17 @ 10:00am ET

Causal Mapping for Evaluators

This session will focus on causal mapping, a tool that helps with mapping causal relationships in evaluation, including visualizing them.

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Steve Powell

Causal Map

4/18 @ 11:00am ET

Introduction to Realist Evaluation

This session is an introduction to Realist Evaluation, a theory based evaluation approach based on the idea that interventions do not work for everyone, all the time.

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Melanie Punton

Itad

4/22 @ 11:00am ET

Introduction to Outcome Harvesting as an Approach for Exploring Causal Pathways

This session will focus on outcome harvesting, a method to collect evidence of what has changed and whether and how an intervention has contributed to these changes.

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Carlisle Levine

BLE Solutions

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Hippolyt Pul

Institute for Peace and Development

Inclusive Rigor

This session will introduce the inclusive rigor framework. It identifies three interconnected domains of evaluation design and practice: effective methodological bricolage, meaningful participation and inclusion, utilization and impact.

4/22 @ 12:30pm ET

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Leslie Wingender

Humanity United

Helene Bradburn

Independent Consultant

Marina Apgar

Institute of Development Studies

4/23 @ 11:00am ET

Causal Link Monitoring

This session will introduce causal link monitoring, a method for integrating monitoring data and evaluation in order to address causality amid complexity.

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Heather Britt

Independent Consultant

4/23 @ 12:30pm ET

Relational Rubrics for Causal MEL (NEW!)

In this session, we will introduce relational rubrics, a tool that can help you learn prospectively about causal pathways and emergent results over time.  Rubrics are a form of qualitative scale to denote levels of performance and support assessment, explain what the standard means and clarify the reasoning behind an assessment. They are an increasingly popular tool to monitor, evaluate and learn  about complex change.

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Florencia Guerzovich

Independent Consultant

4/24 @ 11:00am ET

Contribution Analysis (NEW!)

This session will explore the use of Contribution Analysis as a theory-based approach to evaluation to unpack complexity within complex systems change evaluations.

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Drew Koleros

Mathematica

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