The CES Learning and Innovation Prize is open for entries.

Closing date 17 January 2011

Charities Evaluation Services is celebrating the ways in which charities use monitoring information or evaluation findings to improve their work and influence others with the new Learning and Innovation Prize.

The Prize is aimed at highlighting the contribution that monitoring and evaluation makes to improving service delivery, not just accountability, and rewarding organisations who make the best use of the information that they have.

Please note: the deadline for entries is 5pm, 17th January 2011.

Prize categories

This inspiring new award is split into four categories:

  • small charities (annual turnover under £500,000)
  • large charities (annual turnover over £500,000)
  • funders
  • organisations that support other charities.

Who can enter

Organisations that fit one of the above categories and who have used monitoring information or evaluation findings to improve their work and influence others can enter. For further information and specific criteria, please see the Entry Guidelines below.

We are looking for situations where monitoring or evaluation was done by the organisation itself or where an external evaluator was involved. Winners will be expected to demonstrate evidence that the findings changed something about project or service delivery or use of their resources, or influenced others to do so.

For more information and to download an entry form visit:

Charities Evaluation Services (CES) is the UK’s leading provider of training, consultancy and information on evaluation and quality systems in the third sector. We also publish PQASSO, the most widely used quality system in the sector.

CES is an independent charity. We work with third sector organisations and their funders.

UK Evaluation Society 2010 Annual Evaluation Conference

Evaluation in a turbulent world: Challenges, opportunities and innovation in evaluation practice
Date: 22-23 November 2010
Venue: Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

Abstracts are now invited for this year’s UKES Annual Evaluation Conference. The on-line submission form is available via the conference website The closing date for receipt of submissions is 13 August 2010.

With the effects of the financial crisis still being felt, and with a new coalition government in Number 10, many evaluators find themselves operating in a very different policy environment. In particular the rhetoric has changed from tackling the crisis (a central theme of last year’s conference looking at impact) to talk of austerity and cutting back the public sector, a major source of sponsorship for evaluation. While this environment offers tough challenges, it also presents opportunities – in particular in the development and promotion of new evaluation methodologies, relationships and approaches. More than ever there will be a need to assess what is of value, what has quality and in what circumstances evaluation can contribute to informed policy-making and debate. Continue reading “UK Evaluation Society 2010 Annual Evaluation Conference”

Publications on accountability of technological innovation

New publications by the One World Trust:

  • An Accountability Framework for Technological Innovation“, ILAC Initiative (Institutional Learning and Change) Brief In this Brief, we offer recommendations to help an organization conducting technological research and design (R&D) to become more accountable. We provide recommendations based on four principles developed by the One World Trust which capture the dimensions of accountability. (The ILAC Initiative aims to increase the contribution of the CGIAR to poverty alleviation by improving planning, monitoring and evaluation of collaborative agricultural research for development. It’s great that they have been able to publish this Brief applying the APRO framework to agricultural science.)
  • Accountability of innovation: A literature review, framework and guidelines to strengthen accountability of organisations engaged in technological innovation“: This paper synthesises some of the most important lessons learned arising from the evolving understanding of innovation, and provides a framework of accountability for organisations engaged in technological R&D. The guidelines focus on supporting organisations to become more effective, while simultaneously ensuring that they adhere to ethical standards in their innovation.
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