Kaye Stevens

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Method

  • This option uses a series of still photographs or videos taken over a period of time to discern changes taking place in the environment or activities of a community.
  • Evaluation management often involves a steering group, which makes the decisions about the evaluation.
  • Evaluation reports can be read by many different audiences, ranging from individuals in government departments, donor and partner staff, development professionals working with similar projects or programmes, students and community groups. 
  • News media communications can include communication channels such as newspapers, magazines, and radio, as well as digital formats such as online news sites, podcasts, social media, and blogs.
  • Memos and emails can be used to help maintain ongoing communication among evaluation stakeholders through brief and specific messages about a particular issue.
  • “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Pictures or images provide another way of presenting information, and increasing understanding of your results.
  • When using Matched Comparisons, participants (individuals, organizations or communities) are each matched with a non-participant on variables that are thought to be relevant which can be difficult to adequately match on all relevant criteri
  • Dotmocracy is an established facilitation method for collecting and recognizing levels of agreement on written statements among a large number of people.
  • The resources available for evaluation include people’s time and expertise, equipment and funding. 
  • Personal stories provide qualitative data about how people experience their lives and can be used to make sense of the past and to understand possible futures.
  • Regression Discontinuity Design (RDD) is a quasi-experimental evaluation option that measures the impact of an intervention, or treatment, by applying a treatment assignment mechanism based on a continuous eligibility index which is a varia
  • The executive summary of an evaluation report is a shortened version of the full report  – usually one to four pages – that highlights findings and recommendations and is placed at the front of the report.
  • Interim (or progress) reports present the interim, preliminary, or initial evaluation findings.
  • Short communication formats—such as bulletins, briefs, newsletters, blogs and brochures—can be used to highlight particular findings or angles on the evaluation.
  • These days, having a website is common practice for development organizations working beyond the community level. This has opened the possibilities of disseminating information such as that coming from evaluations.
  • When produced well, videos provide an excellent means to convey messages coming out of an evaluation.
  • A rich picture is a way to explore, acknowledge and define a situation and express it through diagrams to create a preliminary mental model and can help to open discussion and come to a broad, shared understanding of a situation.
  • An evaluation budget matrix specifies various items that need to be costed as individual line items. 

Approach

  • Outcome Harvesting collects (“harvests”) evidence of what has changed (“outcomes”) and, working backwards, determines whether and how an intervention has contributed to these changes.
  • The Qualitative Impact Assessment Protocol (QuIP) is an impact evaluation approach that collects and documents narrative causal statements directly from those affected by an intervention.
  • The Most Significant Change (MSC) approach involves generating and analysing personal accounts of change and deciding which is the most significant – and why.
  • Outcome Mapping is an approach that helps unpack an initiative’s theory of change and provides a framework to collect data on the immediate, basic changes that lead to longer, more transformative change. This allows for the plausible assessment of the initiative’s contribution to results.
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is an evaluation approach that supports causal reasoning by examining how different conditions contribute to an outcome.
  • Causal Link Monitoring (CLM) is an evaluation approach that combines implementation design and monitoring to support adaptive management of projects, helping project planners and managers to identify processes needed to achieve desired outcomes.
  • The Qualitative Impact Assessment Protocol (QuIP) is an impact evaluation approach that collects and documents narrative causal statements directly from those affected by an intervention.
  • Realist evaluation aims to identify the underlying generative causal mechanisms that explain how outcomes were caused and how context influences these.
  • The Most Significant Change (MSC) approach involves generating and analysing personal accounts of change and deciding which is the most significant – and why.
  • Outcome Mapping is an approach that helps unpack an initiative’s theory of change and provides a framework to collect data on the immediate, basic changes that lead to longer, more transformative change. This allows for the plausible assessment of the initiative’s contribution to results.

Theme

  • Footprint evaluation aims to embed consideration of environmental sustainability in all evaluations and monitoring systems, not only those with explicit environmental objectives.
  • Footprint evaluation aims to embed consideration of environmental sustainability in all evaluations and monitoring systems, not only those with explicit environmental objectives.