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Learning in Uncertainty

Evaluation Roundtable: follow-up report from December 2020 convening

February 2021

Tanya Beer , Ben Cairns, Houda Davis, Liz Firth


In December 2020 IVAR and the Center for Evaluation Innovation convened for the fifth UK Evaluation Roundtable, following on our discussions from making learning everyday, we focused on how we can learn in uncertainty. 

This session was framed around a growing appetite for learning within trusts and foundations to ensure the Covid-19 crisis acts as a transformational moment, taking valuable lessons from their flexibility, born from an emergency response, into future practice. The challenge to the learning function, however, is how best to inform, support and underpin this agile and collaborative approach, resisting the ‘snap back into calcified, inflexible systems’

Our reflections are anchored by four key insights, which you can read by downloading our latest report. 

We would like to thank to our longstanding sponsors of the Evaluation Roundtable, CCLA. 

During 2021, IVAR will support further exploration of these themes through the Evaluation Roundtable Community of Practice. For more information on how to join these sessions, please contact us by email: 


(ERT Report- Learning in uncertainty - IVAR December 2020)

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