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IPDET Logic Model Course Gets Rave Reviews

In July 2012 Steve Montague, along with colleague Nancy Porteous, delivered an advanced course on logic models to participants in the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) sponsored by World Bank. According to the ratings provided by IPDET, the reviews were exceptional with two thirds of respondents recommending the course for the core program and rating Steve’s presenter strengths to be to be knowledge and experience, strong incorporation of discussion and comments into the workshop and enthusiasm. No presenter weaknesses were noted for this case.

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Steve Montague Gives Keynote Presentation to the Canadian Evaluation Society National Conference in Halifax

Steve Montague presented the opening key note presentation to the National Conference of the Canadian Evaluation Society on May 16th 2012 in Halifax Nova Scotia. The title of the session was Valuing Difference: The Key to Evaluation and included Nancy Porteous and Kaireen Chaytor as discussants. The session was well received and the dialogue which ensued from this presentation suggested that the CES might launch a sort of collective research project. The details of this project are presently emerging but the key focus would essentially be “What works to what extent for whom in what conditions and why?” in terms of:

  1. Policy instruments applied to key subject areas (e.g. regulatory instruments applied to health and safety, contribution arrangements applied to innovation etc. etc.);
  2. Delivery models (including authorities, governance, use of intermediaries and delivery processes) in the context of the above; and,
  3. Evaluation approaches related to different types of programs and initiatives (including those noted above – and beyond) re: support of public management decision‐making.

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Integrating Monitoring and Evaluation to Support Decisions in Difficult Times – A FREE Webinar for Public Sector Managers and Practitioners

Steve Montague will be delivering a FREE webinar on May 9th, 2012 for the Performance and Planning Exchange. This FREE webinar will help you produce and use results planning, monitoring and evaluation evidence to support decision making. Register now at

Most managers see measurement (monitoring) and evaluation as distinct functions. Yet, in times of restraint when the tough decisions need to be made, integrating them can help managers and governments meet their goals.

Participants will:

• Learn how to integrate monitoring and evaluation to cost effectively support management decisions

• Get tools and templates so they can align initiatives with mission and vision, set priorities, plan results and assess progress

• Review applied examples relevant to policy, program and regulatory functions in public sector and multiple-stakeholder initiatives

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