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Are quantitative or qualitative methods better for undertaking impact evaluations? What about true experiments? Is contribution analysis the new 'state of the art' in impact evaluation or should I just do a survey and use statistical methods to create comparison groups? Determining one's plan for an impact evaluation occurs within the constraints of a specific context. Since method choices must always be context specific, debates in the professional literature about impact methods can at best only provide partial guidance to evaluation practitioners. The way to break out of this methods impasse is by focusing on the evidentiary requirements for assessing casual impacts.
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While there are many guidelines and tools to support those conducting evaluations, there are far fewer resources specifically focused on commissioners and managers of evaluation.  Yet we know that evaluation capacity depends on the quality of the demand for evaluation as well as the quality of the supply of evaluation.

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Course objectives This course first of all strengthens your competency to manage for impact in your own individual sphere of work. Secondly, it helps you play a more effective role in helping your organisation manage for sustainable development impact.

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This report by NPC highlights their research into the latest developments in theory and practice in measurement and evaluation. The authors found that new thinking, techniques, and technology are influencing and improving practice. This report highlights eight developments that the authors think have the greatest potential to improve evaluation and programme design, and the careful collection and use of data. 
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This guest blog is by Anoushka Kenley from NPC, who is one of the authors of NPC's recent report on Global Innovations in Measurement and Evaluation. Anoushka shares with us a bit of the process behind the report, and discusses three of the eight trends that the report focuses on and why they're important.  Are we too steadfast in our approach to evaluation?

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We would like to make the BetterEvaluation website more useful for those involved in Indigenous evaluation.  This includes evaluators, people who do evaluation as part of their job, people who commission or manage evaluations, and people who use evaluations.

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