We’ve had lots more to discuss today about our planned interventions and control studies! I was particularly keen to get to our discussions focussed on monitoring and evaluation. Not only do we want to use creative methods to solve transport challenges, but we also want to use creative methods to actually evaluate our implementations. It is excellent to be discussing evaluation early on in the process – I’m sure it will lead to better outcomes – and because we’ll be monitoring from the start, we’ll have opportunities to reflect on impacts throughout the project, rather than just waiting until the end. Our discussions on monitoring and evaluation have given me some great ideas to take back to ESP. I’d say, for some projects more than others, our evaluation is fairly traditional and is often drawn back to quantitative methods.
For others we are already collecting a lot of stories from the people we are working with, but perhaps we don’t then use these enough for within evaluation. Now I am encouraged to use and report in different ways. For example, at the end of Day 2 we wanted to reflect on how the workshops had progressed so far. We split into pairs and used a simple storyboard template to listen and record our partner’s experience. It was much more insightful than the usual end-of-conference survey!