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Romanian evaluator training
Submitted by Anne Valkering on 16 February 2017
IDEA NL and seven of its members have developed and implemented an evaluation project: From Measuring to Learning: The Impact of Debate Education on Critical Thinking and Democratic Values over the past two years. This included a year-long trajectory of following high school students who debated in eight countries and comparing them with high school students who did not.
ARDOR organised a training event on evaluations for interested participants from universities, NGOs, teachers and education professionals and debate trainers to provide instruction in theoretical knowledge and practical information about program evaluation. They discussed the theory of change model, quantitative and qualitative approaches and the practical and ethical aspects involved. They did so on the basis of the evaluation project they had implemented just the academic year before.
The participants were interested in the implementation of an impact evaluation and how it differs from other types of evaluations that are more focused on processes. They discussed the difficulties of operationalising abstract concepts into measurable ones, and the challenges and benefits of focus groups. The participants appreciated the practical nature of the training and would have liked to learn more about the practical translation of research concepts into field work, particularly for focus groups. They provided useful input and recommendations for the way the project was set up and were generally satisfied with what they had learned.
The events were made possible with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.