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Developing good evaluation questions: practical training for local economic growth – 11th July 2023

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A short workshop from What Works Growth to support policy makers deliver high quality evaluations.

Evaluation is essential to understanding what difference policies and programmes are making, whether they are a good use of resources, and what can be learned from how they are delivered. However, many evaluations fail to deliver on expectations, limiting learning and accountability. Having clarity about the questions you are trying to answer can help improve the quality of your evaluations.

This workshop aimed to help participants understand how evaluation can support their work, and to help them develop good evaluation questions. It was designed specifically for policy makers in local and central government working to improve local economic growth.

What sort of training is this?
  • It’s a short interactive workshop with a mix of presentations and practical exercises.
Who should attend?
  • People working on local economic growth in central government, local authorities, combined authorities and LEPs.
  • This training is ideal for those with some experience of evaluation and are looking to improve their skills and practice – but beginners are also welcome.
  • We encourage you to attend with your colleagues. If you’re not attending with colleagues, we’ll buddy you up with a group for the exercises.
How do I prepare?
  • If you are attending with two or more colleagues, we suggest you come with a project that you’d like to evaluate to use in the main exercise.
  • Other attendees will be able to choose from some example projects – no prep work required!
What happens once I’ve signed up?
  • You will receive a link to join the workshop a few days advance.
  • We’ll send you resources you’ll need for the exercises shortly before the workshop. You can access these online or print them out.
  • If you’re worried you haven’t received these emails, please contact
What happens after the workshop?
  • We’re keen to help you implement what you’ve learned in your day-to-day. We offer support to attendees after the course including follow-up discussions and refresher sessions.
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