We've got our head in realism this week, partly because early-bird registrations for the 2017 International Realist Conference close soon, and partly because we've been shown Chris Lysy's realist cartoon series (commissioned by the Rameses project) whic
Shared knowledge and experience from the global evaluation community.
The Success Case Method approach is useful for documenting stories of impact and for understanding the factors that help or hinder impact. It is particularly useful for uncovering the contextual forces that influence impact.
In this guest blog, Sonal Zaveri (with input from the DECI team) discusses why a Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE) approach is a natural fit for adaptive management, supporting reflection and course correction.
With a number of great conferences coming up fast on the horizon, we thought it would be an opportune time to share this article by Sheila B.
Although it’s sometimes referred to as program theory or program logic, theories of change can be used for interventions at any scale, including policies, whole-of-government initiatives, and systems.
We often get email enquiries asking for advice about preparing the documents used to invite evaluators to assemble proposals for an evaluation.
Many evaluations include a process of developing logic models and theories of change – an explanation of how the activities of a program, project, policy, network or event are expected to contribute to particular results in the short-term and longer-ter
Part of our commitment to better evaluation is making sure that evaluation itself is evaluated better. Like any intervention, evaluations can be evaluated in different ways.
This week, Arnaldo Pellini (Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute and Lead for Learning at the Knowledge Sector Initiative, Indonesia) and Louise Shaxson (Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute) reflect on some of the ch
Last week, we started our focus on Adaptive Management with a blog post by Patricia Rogers that explored how monitoring and evaluation can support adaptive management. This week, we're continuing this series with a guest blog from Fred Carden and Arnald
Adaptive management is usually understood to refer to an iterative process of reviewing and making changes to programmes and projects throughout implementation.
What would an evaluation conference look like if it was run by people who know and care about presenting information to support use? (hint - that should be us)
All too often conferences fail to make good use of the experience and knowledge of people attending, with most time spent presenting prepared material that could be better delivered other ways, and not enough time spent on discussions and active learnin
Learning from practice: Inception reports and social learning - do you have examples or advice to share?
The wonderful thing about BetterEvaluation is that it is, at its core, a platform to co-create and share knowledge about how to better conduct, use and manage evaluations.
Over recent decades, governments everywhere have increased their scrutiny of public spending, and public universities have not escaped this scrutiny.
In this guest blog, Kerry McCarthy discusses some of the options for finding administrative data sets for use in evaluation.
We’re excited to announce the launch of the BetterEvaluation and IDRC (International Development Research Centre) Program Managers’ Guide to Evaluation and GeneraTOR.