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The Learning Conference 2013

June 3–4, 2013

Hilton Miami Downtown, Miami, FL

W3: Developmental Evaluation: What Are You Ready to Do??

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM–5:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Concerto B
Session Designer

Hallie Preskill and Srik Gopalakrishnan, FSG

Session Description

Advanced Registration Required.

Developmental evaluation is a flexible approach to evaluation where processes of asking questions, applying logic and gathering and reporting data are used to support real time decision making regarding a program, project or initiative. However, using evaluation to support learning and continuous improvement is easier said than done. This session goes beyond the basic introduction to developmental evaluation and prepares participants to create the conditions for successful implementation and embrace emergent, adaptive and learning-focused approaches to evaluation. Led by Hallie Preskill, an evaluator with expertise in developmental evaluation, participants will discuss the readiness factors and conditions for successful developmental evaluation. Through structured conversation with peers, participants will reflect on past successful evaluation experiences, create a vision for the future, and develop a set of action steps for creating the policies, practices, and structures within their organizations.

Session Learning Goals

Through this session participants will:
--Reflect on and discuss where and how evaluation has provided relevant, credible and useful information
--Understand the conditions needed for implementing developmental evaluation in authentic ways; determine their own organization's readiness for developmental evaluation
--Develop a set of action steps for determining the use of, and the conditions needed for developmental evaluation in their organizations

Session Type



Hallie Preskill, FSG

Hallie Preskill, PhD, is a Managing Director with FSG, where she oversees the firm’s Strategic Learning & Evaluation practice and advises on a wide variety of evaluation and learning projects with foundations, nonprofits, corporations, and government organizations.

Prior to joining FSG, Hallie spent more than 20 years in academia, teaching courses in program evaluation, training design and development, organizational learning, appreciative inquiry and consulting. Hallie’s books include Becoming the Change (2011), Reframing Evaluation through Appreciative Inquiry (2006), Building Evaluation Capacity: 72 Activities for Teaching and Training (2005), Evaluation Strategies for Communicating and Reporting (1999, 2005), and Evaluation in Organizations (2001, 2009).

Dr. Preskill was the 2007 President of the American Evaluation Association. She received the American Evaluation Association's Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for Outstanding Professional Practice in 2002 and the University of Illinois Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004. Hallie holds a PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Srik Gopalakrishnan, FSG

Srik Gopalakrishnan helps lead FSG’s Strategic Learning and Evaluation practice area. Srik came to FSG in 2012 with over twelve years of experience in the social and business sectors. Most recently, in his role as Chief Impact and Learning Officer at New Teacher Center, Srik worked to set up frameworks for impact measurement as well as systems and processes for data-driven learning and improvement. Prior to New Teacher Center, Srik worked on supporting whole systems change in public education in his role as Director of Evaluation for the Ball Foundation. He has led several rigorous formative, developmental, and summative evaluations, as well as projects around organizational design, strategic planning and leadership development.
Srik holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross Business School and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He has completed a Certification in Advanced Evaluation Study from Claremont Graduate University.

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