Evaluation post 2020: evolution or revolution?

The 8th biannual international conference “Evaluation post 2020: evolution or revolution?” was held on the 23rd of May 2019 and was organised by the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania. The conference focused on the future of evaluation, the evolution of data collection and analysis methods, evidence-based policy making and effectiveness of public interventions while attracting participants from 18 countries. Speakers from the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as well as recognised evaluators from Lithuania and other countries delivered stimulating presentations.


Visionary Analytics team was instrumental in the organisation and delivery of the conference. Dr Agnė Paliokaitė moderated sessions, while dr Žilvinas Martinaitis and Simonas Gaušas delivered presentations on the future of evaluation and new methods of data collection.


Dr Žilvinas Martinaitis‘ presentation “The future of evaluation: 10 predictions” explored the probable shifts of the evaluation system determined by three pillars: increasing polarisation, challenges to the role of causal inference, and big data.


Simonas Gaušas delivered a presentation “Evaluation of ESF funded trainings: how successful have the new strategies of data collection been?” The presentation discussed the merits and challenges of three data collection innovations that were applied during the evaluation: 1) survey of all beneficiaries; 2) big data; 3) real-time monitoring of trainings.


Additionally, dr Žilvinas Martinaitis together with dr Gustav Jakob Petersson led a seminar on the use of big data in monitoring and evaluation on the 24th of May 2019. The seminar introduced the concept of big data, the advantages and challenges in using it in evaluations. A practical part of the workshop introduced four types of big data: web scrapping, data from administrative databases, geocoded data, and altmetics.



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