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Week 32: Better use of case studies in evaluation

Patricia Rogers's picture 12th August 2014 by Patricia Rogers

Case studies are often used in evaluations – but not always in ways that use their real potential.  Recently I had an opportunity to spend some time with the evaluation unit of UNOIOS (United Nations Office of Internal Oversight and Inspection) and some of their UN evaluation colleagues exploring ways to better use  case studies in evaluation. Here are five lessons I took away from our time together.

Week 28: Evaluation conferences

Nick Herft's picture 11th July 2014 by Nick Herft

Conferences are a great way to connect and learn with the evaluation community. Earlier this year we shared a listing of conferences for which we received useful feedback from our users. This week we're highlighting a new page which lists upcoming evaluation conferences from around the world. Check out the new page here. Are we missing any? Let us know in the comments below. We'll be updating this page as new conferences emerge.

Week 26: Weighing people’s values in evaluation

Laura Rodriguez's picture 30th June 2014 by Laura Rodriguez

What is more important to you: a good education or a good healthcare system? Or perhaps employment or security is at the forefront of your mind at the moment. What about the environment or human rights? We all have different priorities in life and different sets of values with which we make judgements on things around us. Evaluations attempting to understand effects on people’s lives should at least attempt to try to understand the values of those people rather than imposing an external set of values. This week’s guest blog is from Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi, a researcher at the Overseas Development Institute. She introduces some practical ways that evaluators can begin to weigh people’s values as they relate to desired outcomes and distribution of benefits.

Week 25: Sharing resources on BetterEvaluation

Alan Mountain's picture 25th June 2014 by Alan Mountain

At BetterEvaluation we get many suggestions from users of new resources to add to the site. This is an essential element of our aims to improve evaluation practice and theory by sharing information about options (methods or tools) and approaches. In this week's blog I will be highlighting some of the many resources that users have suggested to us over the last month. If you would like to contribute to BE it is as simple as clicking here and letting us know what you would like to suggest.

Week 23: Evaluation of anti-corruption reforms and programmes – don’t give up before you even try!

Jesper Johnson's picture 4th June 2014 by Jesper Johnson

Our blogger this week is Jesper Johnsøn, Senior Advisor to the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre. Jesper highlights a frequent confusion among anti-corruption practitioners between the difficulty measuring levels of corruption and the evaluability of anti-corruption initiatives, and urges us not to give us on rigorous evaluation.

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