OPM Logo27 September 2018: 10.00 – 17.30

Oxford Policy Management
Clarendon House, Level 3, 52 Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3HJ

  The UK Evaluation Society (UKES) seeks to promote and improve the theory, practice, understanding and utilisation of evaluation and its contribution to public knowledge. To support this vision the Society has developed the fundamentals for evaluation training programme to share expertise and knowledge in evaluation methodologies and approaches to help build capability and capacity in the evaluation community. It is open to both members and non-members of the UK Evaluation Society and complements the Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review (VEPR) programme the Society is developing and the Evaluation Capabilities Framework.

We have teamed up with Oxford Policy Management (OPM) and Julian King and Associates to bring you a workshop on evaluating value for money (VfM) in development programmes. Value for Money is increasingly becoming more prominent in the development community, however there is a lack of appropriate approaches to assessing value for money. This workshop has been designed to address this gap by giving you practical guidance on assessing VfM in international development programmes.

The workshop will introduce you to OPM's approach to assessing Value for Money (VfM) in international development programmes. The approach combines explicit evaluative reasoning - through the development and use of criteria and standards - with concepts from economic evaluation, to respond to donor requirements for accountability and good resource allocation, as well as to support reflection, learning, and adaptive management.

During this workshop you will learn how to:

  • frame an evaluative question about VfM
  • identify criteria of merit and worth (dimensions of VfM), and set context-appropriate standards (levels of performance) to provide a transparent basis for making sound judgements about performance and VfM
  • combine multiple sources of evidence of performance and VfM including quantitative and qualitative evidence, to support a richer and more nuanced understanding than can be gained from the use of indicators alone
  • incorporate economic evaluation within a VfM framework (where feasible and appropriate), without limiting the analysis to economic methods alone
  • interpret the evidence, using criteria and standards, to make sound evaluative judgements
  • present a clear and robust performance story, guided by the criteria and standards.

You will also be given an introductory overview of economic methods of evaluation (in particular, cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, and cost-utility analysis), including considerations for determining when it is appropriate and feasible to use them in a VfM assessment. However, please note it will not provide detailed instruction in the design and implementation of economic evaluations.

The workshop is designed to be highly participatory and interactive with a focus on small group activity where you will get a chance to experience the process of designing and implementing VfM assessment. This will also give you the opportunity to grapple with the challenges and ask questions of clarification. The workshop has been designed and will be delivered by two highly experienced evaluators and trainers. Julian King and Alex Hurrell are experts in evaluating value for money of development programmes and led the development of OPM's approach to assessing value for money.

This workshop is for evaluators, commissioners, donors and development practitioners who have some working knowledge of evaluation. A knowledge of international development would be an advantage.

  Trainers' Biographies
  Julian King
Director, Julian King & Associates Ltd (
Associate, Oxford Policy Management Ltd; Honorary Fellow, The University of Melbourne.

Julian has 20 years' experience in programme evaluation and economic evaluation. His academic and professional work includes a focus on the integration of explicit evaluative reasoning and economic methods of evaluation to assess value for money. He teaches these approaches internationally through professional development workshops and in the University of Melbourne's online Master of Evaluation course. His papers on this topic have, inter alia, been published in the American Journal of Evaluation (King, 2017: "Using Economic Methods Evaluatively", AJE, March, 2017), Evaluation Matters - the quarterly knowledge publication of the African Development Bank (King & Guimaraes, 2016: "Evaluating Value for Money in International Development: The Ligada Female Economic Empowerment Programme", EM, 4th quarter 2016), and in OPM's public document "OPM's Approach to Assessing Value for Money" (King & OPM, 2018).

Alex Hurrell
Leader, Monitoring & Evaluation, Oxford Policy Management Ltd (

Alex leads the monitoring and evaluation team at OPM. He has over 10 years' experience in evaluation, and has led or managed more than 10 large-scale evaluations. M&E is a core strength of OPM, and OPM has been the key supplier of evaluation services to the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) under their global evaluation framework agreement. DFID place great emphasis on achieving and assessing VFM across all their development programming, prompting OPM to develop a comprehensive and consistent VFM approach, with broader applicability to our wider set of clients. Alex has personally delivered training and facilitated workshops over a number of years, including stand-alone training sessions, delivering capacity building within technical assistance programmes and internally within OPM.

  Course fees
  • UKES members: £195.00 inclusive of VAT

  • Non-members: £260.00 inclusive of VAT

Members booking one place at the full rate can claim 10% discount in any subsequent bookings made by their organisations.

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