The EES is excited to announce the next event in our online webinar series Emerging Data Landscapes in M&E: Getting Practical with Text Mining in Evaluation: How to Make Sense of Project Information. This event will take on 15 April 2021, from 14:00-15:30 CEST (8:00-9:30 EST). 

Co-hosted by EES and its Thematic Working Group 6 Methods and Designs, this webinar will focus on how evaluators can use text mining techniques to make the most out of the data in project documents and descriptions. While the webinar will cover both the conceptual and technical aspects of these methods, the practical focus will be on how new users can implement them. Through three case studies from DEval and Norad, the presentations and discussion will focus on text mining’s potential, pitfalls, and “how to” tips to get started.

Speakers include:
Speaker 1: Thomas Wencker, Evaluator, DEval
Thomas leads evaluations on German development cooperation. His current work at DEval focuses on development cooperation in fragile contexts, patterns of aid allocation, state-capacity building, and dynamics of instar-state conflict.
Speaker 2: Javier Fabra-Mata PhD, Senior Advisor, Evaluation Department, Norad
Before joining the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Javier was responsible for the global evaluation & research function at Norwegian Church Aid. Prior to that, he worked for various UN agencies on analysis and evaluation in the fields of international development, peace and security.
Speaker 3: Lea Smidt, Evaluator, DEval
Lea has been working in policy evaluation in the fields of international cooperation and social protection. In her current project at DEval, she has integrated text mining for analysing human rights mainstreaming in Germany’s development policy.

More info can be found here, and registration is here.