enhance thinking 600

Date and time: Tuesday 19th July AND Tuesday 26th July 2022, 10.00am to 1.00pm AEDT (registration from 9.45am) Registrants are to attend both sessions. (full day workshop - 2 sessions)

Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the workshop start time

Facilitator: Anne Markiewicz

Register online by: 12 July 2022. Spaces limited to 25 participants

Fees (GST inclusive): Members $260, Organisational member staff $375, Non-members $425, Student member $125*, Student non-member $210*
 * Students must send proof of their full-time student status to  

Workshop Overview

Evaluative thinking and reasoning are becoming increasingly important competencies for evaluators and for evaluation capacity building. Evaluative thinking can be described as a disciplined and systematic approach to enquiry that informs and supports the reasoning process and the identification of credible findings, lessons and recommendations for program improvement, accountability, and decision-making.  Evaluative thinking is a form of critical thinking that follows a clear, logical and reasoned pathway. The evaluator’s capacity for evaluative reasoning or ‘sense making’ is complementary, supporting the process of evaluative thinking in the formulation of credible evaluative judgements and conclusions. This workshop will provide a useful framework for undertaking the processes of evaluative thinking and reasoning.

There is scope for considerable skill development in enhancing evaluative thinking and reasoning for evaluation practice. There are often gaps or leaps made in the connections between the foundations of program theory, logic and evaluation questions; data collection and analysis processes; the formulation of findings, lessons and recommendations. This results in processes that lack the degree of rigour required for credible evaluation reporting. There is much to be learned about how to best approach these evaluative processes in a systematic and defensible way.

Workshop Content

This workshop will present a clear and useable framework for undertaking evaluative thinking and reasoning. The workshop will outline a structured process for transitioning between the foundational representation of program intent; framing of the evaluation’s focus of enquiry; methodology development; data collection, analysis and synthesis; identification of conclusions and findings and the brave leap to the identification of lessons learned and the crafting of useful and useable recommendations.

This workshop will further provide guidance for assessing the quality and comprehensiveness of evaluation reports based on the degree to which they appear to have followed a clear process of evaluative thinking and reasoning. The knowledge and practices gained will assist participants in both producing credible evaluation reports and reviewing evaluation reports produced by others.

Finally, ethical, political and stakeholder issues and interests that can and do arise during the process of formulating findings, lessons and recommendations and that potentially undermine credibility will also be considered. There will be consideration of the importance of, and strategies for maintaining the integrity of the evaluation process and product in the light of such influences. 

Content will include:

  • A structured approach for understanding and undertaking evaluative thinking and reasoning processes in data analysis and synthesis and the construction of evaluative findings, lessons and recommendations about program performance, quality and value.
  • Key principles and approaches for credible evaluation reporting that provide useful and useable findings, recommendations and learnings for program improvement and decision-making based upon evaluative thinking and reasoning processes
  • Ethical and political issues that can arise to challenge the credibility and defensibility of evaluation reporting

Workshop Objectives

  • Participants will be presented with a structured approach for enhancing their evaluative thinking and reasoning processes that can be applied in constructing evaluative findings, lessons and recommendations about program performance, quality and value
  • Participants will increase their understanding of the principles and approaches underpinning credible evaluation reporting and the identification of useful and useable recommendations for program improvement and decision-making
  • Participants will consider the range of ethical and political issues that can arise to challenge the credibility and defensibility of evaluation reports and consider appropriate strategies for addressing them

PL competencies

This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are:

  • Domain 1 – Evaluative attitude and professional practice
  • Domain 2 – Evaluation theory
  • Domain 3 – Culture, stakeholders and context
  • Domain 4 – Research methods and systematic inquiry
  • Domain 5 – Project management
  • Domain 6 – Interpersonal skills
  • Domain 7 – Evaluation Activities

Who should attend?

Evaluators and commissioners of evaluation – beginner to intermediate level

Workshop start times

About the facilitator

Anne Markiewicz is the Director of Anne Markiewicz and Associates, a consultancy that specialises in the delivering of training, mentoring and capacity building in monitoring and evaluation. Anne is the co-author of the textbook ‘Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks’ (SAGE 2016). She has extensive experience in the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems for a wide range of different initiatives, building the capacity of organisations to plan for monitoring and evaluation functions. Anne has been an evaluator for over 20 years and has been recognised by the Australasian Evaluation Society through receipt of a number of awards for excellence in evaluation and she is a Fellow of the Society. Anne has trained in evaluation extensively in Australasia, the Pacific, the United Kingdom and the USA.


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