Earlier this month, our team facilitated the first session of our new training workshop series, Evaluation Innovations in Practice.
The session, titled Creative Qualitative Data Collection Tools, brought together 20 participants from government departments, NGOs and M&E consultants, which resulted in rich conversations about creative ways to collect data to inform purposeful development.
Held in Upper Woodstock, the workshop provided attendees with information, examples and practical experiences of the value of qualitative data, the limitations of traditional qualitative data collection tools, and the potential of creative data collection tools.
The workshop balanced theoretical discussions with practical, hands-on application of creative data collection tools, such as mind mapping, transect walks and community-mapping activities. Attendees were provided with the opportunity to generate new ideas and share challenges, experiences and best practices in terms of collecting data in the development sector.
“I enjoyed the practical activities as they provided a platform to implement theoretical learnings.” – Workshop attendee
Attendees gained a different, more creative view about qualitative data collection. A key outcome of the workshop was leaving the attendees with new insights about the ways in which creative data collection can add to designing and evaluating development programmes that already have a strong quantitative focus.
We are committed to help strengthen our country and achieve the vision of the National Department of Planning Monitoring & Evaluation which states “strive for continuous improvement in service delivery through performance monitoring and evaluation”.
As such, M&E capacity building workshops, and skilled and experienced evaluation professionals are critical in establishing whether public and private-funded development programmes are effectively meeting critical development challenges.
“The value of using creative methods spans from enhancing participation (particularly when sensitive issues or vulnerable populations are involved), to facilitating the dissemination of research findings,” says Barbara Torresi, Senior Researcher at Creative Consulting & Development Works.
Keep an eye out for our workshop schedule in 2017, with exciting offerings in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town for managers, consultants, government departments and NGOs.
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