Narrative evaluating

Impact of humanitarian projects with figures and facts are boring. And tell only half the story. The full story comes from narrative evaluation. It’s a learning journey which will fuel future projects. A stunning 70 % of care time is spent on paperwork. 

Narrative evaluation saves time for better quality of care for both your team and your patients. Teacher’s craftsmanship should be treasured and quality time should be freed for pupils. Evaluating with stories creates quality time for dialogue, reflection and attention. In this workshop you learn how to let stories work for you. This means you have to listen differently to understand, engage and cocreate a new narrative.


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Course dates 22 November 2019, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM15 May, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Study investment 1 day
Costs € 450 (free from VAT)
Attendees Maximum 12
Location Incompany, HU locaties
Programme level Certificate of participation

Content of the workshop

In this first post academic workshop on narrative evaluation in the Netherlands, you will learn to connect evidence-based results with lived experiences. We work with grounded theory plus practical cases and your own experiences. At the end of the workshop you will know how stories and narrative evaluating influences behaviour with sustainable impact.

During this intensive day we will make you find your own way in the world of storytelling. We work with lived and cocreated stories in workshops and exercises. Input and tasks will come your practice and your fellow attendees. The teacher, acting as an expert-moderator adds theory, research and her own 15 years of practice. The session is interactive and requires your full participation. We work with an English summary and the book Narratief Evalueren, de Gids (2018, Tesselaar & Rodermond).

You will become acquainted with the world of storytelling and narratives. Working with different impact models of change in evaluating, monitoring and communicating with stories. You experienced the power of cocreating stories. You know how to work with stories in learning from experiences and how that process influences behaviour. Once you are aware of the power of storytelling, you can use it in evaluations, monitoring and use stories for reports and in presentations.

Communication professionals, health care workers, teachers, consultants and advisors in humanitarian projects, managers and team leaders.

After successful completion of the workshop, you will receive a certificate of the HU University of Applied Science Utrecht.


Suzanne Tesselaar, post bachelor course Storytelling and Narrative Evaluating

Suzanne Tesselaar

All her working life Suzanne has been a storytelling pioneer. She is passionate about the role of stories in influencing and changing (health) behaviour. Suzanne works as a consultant, researcher and as a lecturer on storytelling as an interactive intervention in behavioural change. As a practitioner, she works with governmental organisations and businesses. Recently, she developed a narrative evaluation method for healthcare organisations, turning their administrative pressure into a learning journey. This resulted in her most recent publication Narrative Evaluation, the Guide (Tesselaar & Rodermond 2017). Suzanne works on social projects with storytelling intervention in medical humanitarian settings and for vaccine acceptance.

Participation requirements

Participation is based on selection of candidates. Please send us your cv.

Why narrative evaluation at the HU?

  • Where else?

    This is the first and only workshop on narrative evaluation in the Netherlands.

  • Learn from the experts

    At the HU we work with highly qualified teachers, with their basis firmly in practice.

  • Choose a practical education

    During the workshop you will develop new insights and knowledge that you can  translate immediately to your own work.

Professionals at work in the classroom

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