As part of our January focus on impact evaluation, Michael Quinn Patton shares a rumination from the new 4th edition of Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods on best practices.
In 2015, we’re presenting "12 months of BetterEvaluation" - with blog posts focusing each month on a different issue. This is the first in a series on impact evaluation, our focus for January.
In development, government and philanthropy, there is increasing recognition of the potential value of impact evaluation. There is dedicated funding available and specific initiatives to develop capacity for both commissioning and conducting impact evaluation, including supporting use of the findings.
This week the Evaluation Torch, symbolising the spread of awareness and knowledge about evaluation, travels to India for EvalWeek, focusing on “Evaluations for Good Governance”.
Even if you can’t attend in person, you can attend some events virtually, follow on social media or access materials from the events.
Monday 19 January
EvalWeek will be inaugurated by Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, the Honourable Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge), at the India Habitat Building, New Delhi.
Welcome to the International Year of Evaluation!
During 2014 the "52 weeks of BetterEvaluation" blog series has covered a wide range of topics and perspectives from around the world, including a series on innovation in evaluation, a series on visionary evaluation, reports from conferences, and highlights of new resources and features on the Website.
Evaluation is a powerful tool that can provide useful, evidence-based information to help inform and influence policy and practice.
In Week 19 in May we blogged about ways of framing the difference between research and evaluation. We had terrific feedback on this issue from the international BetterEvaluation community and this update shares the results.
Recently, I had the good fortune to start collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation, which is strongly committed to what it calls ‘listening deeply and elevating voices’. This organisation is one of an increasing number in international development expressing more than a superficial interest in ‘client feedback’.
Tiina Pasanen is a Research Officer for the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Programme at the Overseas Development Programme (ODI). In this blog, Tiina shares her top three realist ‘take-aways’ from the 1st International Conference on Realist Approaches to Evaluation and reflects on when or how realist evaluation may be most useful.
Rhonda Schlangen and Jim Coe are independent consultants who work with social change organisations and funders to develop and evaluate advocacy and campaigns. In ‘The Value Iceberg’, a Discussion Paper published by BetterEvaluation, they look at how concepts of 'value' and 'results' are being applied to advocacy and campaigning and present some alternative strategies for assessing advocacy.