Results of the 2018 Pilot 

  

At 10:00 am on Saturday October 6th, teams of students from Chile, Czechia, England, Germany and Mexico received an evaluation case involving global water governance. They submitted their analyses later that day.


The submissions were forwarded to three judges residing in Bolivia, Egypt and South Africa. The panel of judges conducted an initial review of the submissions and prepared questions for each team. 


The five teams submitted their answers to the judging panel on November 10th. After the panel members reviewed the teams’ responses they ranked the submissions. Their decisions were announced on November 25th.


BEST SUBMISSION


The judging panel awarded top ranking to the submission by KAIZN Solutions, the pseudonym of Team England. Congratulations to the current Evaluation Case Competition World Champions!


















At the time of the competition, three of the team members were in one city and two in another, connected by Skype. They took a screenshot (above) just after submitting their analysis of the case.


RUNNER-UP


The judging panel ranked the submission from Grounded Perspective, also known as Team Chile, as a close second. Members of the team can claim the distinction of Honourable Mention in the World Evaluation Case Competition.


The fine work by Team Czechia, Team Germany and Team Mexico was truly appreciated. Each provided interesting and thoughtful submissions. All five teams have been provided with feedback from the competition judges.


    The pilot event worked very well and will definitely be followed by another competition. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to help organize the 2019 event.


    If you are interested in proposing a student team for the 2019 evaluation competition, click here to learn more about the process.

May 9 2019

December 1 2018

2019 Competition now being planned  


In February the Advisory Board and Competition organizers met by teleconference to review the results of the pilot and speak with one of the judges and two of the participating students. There was great enthusiasm for expanding the world competition and for creating further national competitions, and regional competitions, to allow more students to benefit from a case competition experience.


The 2019 world competition will take place on Saturday, November 9th. The deadline for applications from student teams is September 15th, 2019.


Meanwhile, volunteer organizers have come forward to help with administration of applications, development of the case, arranging for judges, promotion, and communications.

July 6 2019

Competition building momentum


The competition now has a Twitter feed, @WorldCaseComp. Recent tweets shared English and Spanish versions of the competition poster and photos of the teams that competed last year.


The International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) has kindly informed all Volunteer Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) about the competition and has requested their assistance in spreading word of the 2019 event.


Volunteers are now working on the registration of teams, selection of judges, development of the case, expanding media presence and creating partnerships.


In alphabetic order, the volunteer organizers for the competition are Awny Amer, Tara Chen, Bea Courtney, Victoria Cruzat, Henry Peter Massawe, Joseph Huberty Mnyankuli, Michael Obrecht, Katherine Paez and Nancy Porteous.

October 13 2019

Teams from 11 countries to compete in 2019


By the September 15 deadline, applications had been received from 19 teams in 11 different countries.


When there were multiple applications from a given country, teams were asked to provide information on each member’s academic degrees, conference attendances, publications, completed evaluation courses and practical experience in evaluation. Teams were also invited to submit a narrative on the reasons why they believed they should be selected to represent their country. A panel of three evaluators, from Canada, Chile and Egypt, then reviewed the data and decided which teams should be invited to compete.


Thanks to all teams for coming forward! To the 11 that will compete this year, we hope that you thoroughly enjoy the experience. To the eight teams that unfortunately had to be ruled out, please consider applying for the 2020 competition.

    

This year’s teams, from four continents, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, will be representing the following countries: Cameroon, Canada, the Czech Republic, Ghana, India, Kenya, Morocco, Nepal, Rwanda, Uganda and the United States of America.


Organizers have lined up an interesting, topical case to challenge the teams’ evaluation skills. Their submissions, identified only by a code name so that the judges will not know a team’s country, will be rated by a panel of three evaluation experts from Australia, Cameroon and Jordan.

PAST NEWS ITEMS

January 16, 2020

Nepal Team Wins the 2019 Competition


The results of the World Evaluation Case Competition are out!


The 2019 World Championship has been won by four students, known as the Pursuing Quality team, from Kathmandu University in Nepal. The judging panel was highly impressed by the team’s analysis of the case on a climate change mitigation program in the Maldives.

Regional winners have also been declared.


  1. Africa: The Best African Team award went to a group of students at the Uganda Management Institute who worked under the name Save the Earth.


  2. Europe: Four students from Charles University in the Czech Republic, the Evaluengers, received the Best European Team award.


  3. North America: Bridge2Action, five students from Simon Fraser University in Canada, has been declared 2019 Best North American Team.   


Teams from 10 countries participated in the competition on November 9th, 2019. After downloading the program evaluation case from a secure website, the  students had six to eight hours to develop and upload their response. Submissions were reviewed by a panel of three judges who were not aware of the countries from which they originated. The judges knew the teams only by their pseudonyms.


Information on the teams, the judges, the case and the winning submission has been posted in the case competition archive.


The competition is growing! In 2018, 25 students and seven (7) coaches were involved in applications to the competition. In comparison, applications to the 2019 competition involved 84 students and 25 coaches.

Plans for the 2020 competition are now underway. The competition organizers will be using this web site and its Twitter feed (@WorldCaseComp) to keep students, evaluation teachers and evaluation organizations around the world informed about the competition and the deadline for applications. The challenge awaits!


A team at work on the World Competition’s 2019 program evaluation case


(Photo provided by team Inspire from Cameroon)


April 15, 2020

Feedback on the 2019 Competition


In February and March, the competition coordinators sent a questionnaire to members of teams that had participated in the November 2019 event. The questionnaire requested feedback and ideas for improving the competition. It was also sent to team coaches, members of the judging panel, and other organizers. Thirty (33) of the 70 participants responded.


Student team members were asked if the information provided at the WECC website had given them a good idea of what to expect on the day of the competition. Many (91%) indicated that it had; 9% answered that it had not. All 21 students indicated that the case, on climate change in the Maldives, had been ‘reasonably challenging’. In response to a question to all participants about the clarity of communication from organizers, 85% indicated that it had been clear, 12% answered that it had not. The rest responded that they could not judge.

The following figure shows the students’ attribution to the case competition of increases in their knowledge of evaluation, their capacity for teamwork, their network of contacts, and their interest in evaluation.

Twenty-five respondents indicated that they would be interested in helping organize the 2020 competition. Ten of the 25 would like to be involved in developing national or regional competitions.

More detailed data, and all comments from respondents, can be found in the survey report.

The 2019 competition coordinators have produced an action plan for responding to the many good suggestions provided by students, coaches, judges and organizers when developing the 2020 competition.

Thinking Virtual


The 2020 World Evaluation Case Competition is beginning to take shape. A Coordinating Committee has been formed, led by Tara Chen and comprised of the leaders of the committees for promotion, case development, administration of applications, and the judging process. An interesting challenge for the volunteers will be to devise ways for team members to collaborate that accommodate variation among countries in terms of health protection measures and accessibility of communication technologies.


In this regard, the final round of the 2020 Student Evaluation Case Competition in Canada is of particular interest. For the first time it will be virtual, with two finalist teams presenting their analysis of a new case online. Likewise, the post-presentation questioning of teams by the judging panel will streamed live.


The event will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on Monday June 15th.


If you are interested in observing this inaugural event sign up by Thursday June 11th for an invitation to view it via Zoom.

June 7, 2020