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Impact evaluation: challenges to address

Patricia Rogers and Greet Peersman's picture 23rd January 2015 by Patricia Rogers and Greet Peersman

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.     

Celebrating EvalWeek in India

Patricia Rogers's picture 19th January 2015 by Patricia Rogers

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.

Week 50: Feedback loops – new buzzword, old practice?

IGuijt's picture 15th December 2014 by IGuijt

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’.

Week 49: The 1st international conference on realist approaches to evaluation: my ‘realist’ take-aways

Tiina Pasanen's picture 4th December 2014 by Tiina Pasanen

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.

Week 48: The value iceberg

Jim Coe and Rhonda Schlangen's picture 4th December 2014 by Jim Coe and Rhonda Schlangen

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.

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