We have a long experience of evaluating change projects and processes in both the public, private and civil sectors.
The focus of our evaluations is often inter-organizational collaboration, digitizing learning environments, social innovation, new organizational or leadership structures and changing employee mindset, competences and working methods.
We have worked and currently work for organizations such as:
- The Swedish European Social Fund Council
- Municipalities in Southern Sweden & Denmark
- Universities: Lund, Malmö, Uppsala
- FINSAM Samordningsförbund
- Xenofilia (social innovation)
- The Swedish Nature Conservation Society
- Skurups folkhögskola
- Kommunförbundet Skåne (Skåne Association of Local Authorities)
- Tourism in Skåne
1. Evaluating Transnational Private Public Collaborations
How can we work with on-going evaluation in our own organization?
How can we insure that we learn not just from our successes but also from our mistakes?
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.
“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”.
“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.”
2. Evaluating the Development of an Innovative School Organization
What are we doing that is creating impact?
What is actually happening “on the ground”?
Are we working in the right way?
Do we get out of it what we wanted?
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?
“The evaluation was sometimes a painful proces for us leaders – we were realizing why the teachers were not always working the way we wanted. Fx we arranged training activities for the teachers in traditional forms to build their knowledge of the subject. But we learned from the evaluation that they need to train working in innovative change processes where they collaborate with each other and with external partners.”
3. Evaluating Long Term Social Change
How do we know that everyone is going in the same direction?
How can different partners work together to create longterm change for their clients and citizens?
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.
“ASKing contributed positively to develop the work in the project VALLE 2.0. Above all, the recurrent follow up and development meetings between the project managers and the evaluator have been important as the focus and ways of working changed during the time of the project. The evaluator has given valuable advice on how to handle upcoming situations and problems. The evaluator had the role as an important dialogue partner during the project.”
“ASKing's evaluation reports have confirmed that the project has been going in the right direction. They have been valuable for the project management, project owner and the steering group, giving them new perspectives on the project and enhancing the quality of the analysis. The evaluation has facilitated developmental learning and joint knowledge formation.
The evaluator has pushed the collaboration partners to see the own organization's own role in the project, as well as their potential to develop their work with the target group to reach changes outside the project and create long term impact, also for other individuals than those who participated in the project.”
"I believe that our cooperation has worked excellently and I am sincerely thankful that Karen helped me (us all) to drive and document the processes."
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