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Thursday, 15 March, 2018 - 10:30 to 13:00

The Northern Ireland draft Programme for Government has embraced an outcomes-based approach for the first time. This seminar will look at how this approach is beginning to play out in practice, as Government departments and funding programmes adjust to this new way of thinking. Facilitated discussion & debate will be informed through sharing:

a) Insights on how our Scottish neighbours, who have been applying outcomes-based approaches for nearly 10 years, have adopted and learned from its unique journey.
b) Initial findings from research being undertaken as part of an Outcomes Observatory that is looking at awareness, understanding, perceptions and practice across the public & voluntary/community sectors in Northern Ireland.
c) An update and reflections from the NI Programme for Government team. 

SPEAKERS 

 Dr Ailsa Cook – Ailsa is a leader in the field of outcomes: Through her research and work with policy and practice, Ailsa has made a significant contribution to shifting the focus of public services in Scotland towards the outcomes that are important to citizens and communities.

 

Brendan McDonnell– Brendan is the director of Community Evaluation Northern Ireland and a pioneer in the field of outcomes and evaluation thinking.

 

Joe Reynolds – Joe is the Director of the Programme for Government at the Northern Ireland Executive Office.

Thursday, 3 March, 2016 - 11:00 to 12:30

Back in the hot summer of 1995 Community Evaluation Northern Ireland (CENI) emerged re-born (having initially existed as a branch of Charities Evaluation Services UK) to provide dedicated support in monitoring and evaluation to an expectant community and voluntary sector. Now after twenty eventful years we would like to invite you to join us and help celebrate this significant anniversary, as we look back on our evolution, challenges and achievements over the past two decades.  


Date: Thursday 3 March 2016
Venue: The MAC, Saint Anne's Square, Belfast, BT1 2NJ
Time: 11.00 am - 12.30pm

You will be welcomed by Kieran Harding, CENI's current Chairperson, who will then hand over to Dave Wall, CENI's first Chairperson who will recount his experiences and reflections of 20 years of CENI. Also joining us to provide their own unique perspective will be some of our colleagues, clients and supporters who have been on the evaluation journey with us over the past two decades. Rounding things up, Brendan McDonnell, CENI Director (for all of that time!!) will give the view from the top as he reflects on our past successes and challenges and looks ahead to the next 20 years!


Lunch, refreshments (and cake!) will be served at 12.30pm.   

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