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Introduction to Evaluation Policy: What are they? What is the intention?

  • Wed, May 12, 2021
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online


Introduction to Evaluation Policy: What are they? What is the intention?

Hosted by the American Evaluation Association Evaluation Policy Topical Interest Group and co-sponsored by the Washington Evaluators and Oregon Program Evaluators Network, May 12, 3:00-4:00pm
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In 2019, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policy Act (P.L. 115-435) directed federal agencies to write and implement guidance for program evaluation, also known as evaluation policies. The intent of these evaluation policies is to foster a more robust and sustainable evaluation function within federal agencies.

Recent scholarship on the topic indicates that when developing such policies, agencies rely on peer learning for ideas, insights, and advice on what to include. In this session we hope to stimulate additional peer to peer learning. We will begin by sharing highlights from two recent studies conducted on evaluation policy in the philanthropic and federal government sectors -- highlighting common, and less common, topics covered in existing policies. Then, we will highlight a case example from the Department of Homeland Security. The webinar will close with an open discussion with attendees to learn about the practices associated with developing and implementing evaluation policies and to foster additional research studies on the topic.

During this webinar, you will learn more about:

  • The differences between evaluation policies, evaluation plans and learning agendas.
  • Motivation and intent for drafting an evaluation policy
  • Emergent research on evaluation policies across two sectors: philanthropic and federal government

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Moderator: Dr. Esther C. Nolton, PCORI


  • Dr. Rebecca Kruse - U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Leslie A. Fierro - International Development Research Centre
  • Dr. Alana Kinarsky - University of California, Los Angeles

If you have questions about this event, please email programs@washingtonevaluators.org.

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