These were questions asked by the leaders of a Swedish high school in Malmö at the beginning of the evaluation of a "model school" for developing a way of working with Education for Sustainable Development. The project was a joined investment by the Municipality of Malmö, Malmö University and The Swedish Natural Conservation.
The main focus of the evaluation was: How can we create a mindset, competences and an organization in a Swedish school setting that supports pedagogical innovation with the aim of educating young people to act for a sustainable society?
A big academic institution restructured their departments to get a better integration of research into teaching and practice for all employees. The institution used the evaluation as a knowledge base for further development of the organization. Going forward, the leaders wanted to strengthen the positive effects in terms of more research-based work. But also to minimize the risks in terms of a worsening of the psycho-social work environment.
ASKing has been doing on-going evaluations of several projects within the areas of social services, education, employment and health. The focus of the evaluations is often to study and support the development of working methods and collaboration structures between different partners in their joint service to clients. The aim is to support the clients in getting a better health, getting a job or being an active citizen.
Instead of just focusing on activities and short-term outcomes the evaluation helps the project owners to find out how core activities and processes are leading to longterm impact. An important part of the evaluation is also to support the implementation of project learnings in the whole organization.
The institutional leader`s comment on the evaluation:
"Some but few people have experienced that the reorganization has affected their work situation negatively with a harder working pressure as a result."
ASKing is teaching on-going evaluation of change processes through so called evaluation workshops. A team or a network of people work with their own project cases, learning from each other in a structured process of several group meetings with "homework" in between.
The evaluation workshop is led by Karen Ask. Karen has experience from teaching university courses for practitioners and has been supporting project groups in developing their projects in on-going evaluation.
Interested? Contact Karen
"Have started to think a lot about the stakeholders and the communication with them and that evaluation is a process approach - that the "map can be rewritten along the way".
Said by participants:
"It was a good learning process – I went from frustration in the beginning but along the way the puzzle bites landed."
"Got clear perspectives and tools to drive processes and to work with "the learning organization".
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