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Friday, September 21 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Evaluation reports: Writing, editing and wrangling Word

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Ruth Pitt (Department of Social Services)

Despite the increasing popularity of visual presentation methods, writing is still a core skill for evaluators.  Evaluators need to write for diverse audiences and produce attractive, error-free reports while facing tight deadlines and budgets. I have previously worked as an editor, an evaluator and a consultant supporting organisations to improve their evaluation documents. In my current role, I receive and review numerous evaluation reports. These experiences have given me insight into the common problems with evaluation reports, why they occur and how to fix them. In this skill building session, I will share tips and tricks for improving your writing when facing a deadline, whether the final version is due in one hour, one day or one week.One hour: the clock is ticking and you've only just finished writing. I'll demonstrate affordable editing software that can quickly reduce errors and improve consistency. I'll also provide a handout outlining the features and costs of other options. One day: The final report is due tomorrow and your draft is...okay. I'll provide a checklist of common problems that can be addressed in one day, and demonstrate Word features that will help you find and fix them. One week: you planned carefully and left plenty of time for revising and editing. I'll share practical steps for improving the structure, readability and visual appeal of your reports.  The skill building session is suitable for evaluators of any level of experience who would like refresher training in writing and editing, particularly on how technology can support (rather than thwart) efforts to deliver a quality report on time. 

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Stuart Raetz

Stuart has over 10 years experience working as an M&E specialist in the Asia-Pacific region. He has consulted across a range of sectors including agriculture, natural resources, climate change, community development and emergency management and has experience working for and with... Read More →

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Ruth Pitt

Assistant Director, Evaluation Uni, Australian Government Department of Social Services
Ruth Pitt is Assistant Director of the Evaluation Unit at the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Her evaluation experience includes diverse roles in consulting, government and not-for-profit organisations, in Australia and overseas. Her qualifications include a Master... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am AEST
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