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52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 29: Weighing the data for an overall evaluative judgement

Patricia Rogers's picture 19th July 2013 by Patricia Rogers

How do you balance the different dimensions of an evaluation?

Is a new school improvement program a success if it does a better job of teaching mathematics but a worse job of language?  Is it a success if it works better for most students but leads to a higher rate of school drop out?  What if the drop out rate has increased for the most disadvantaged?  And what about the costs of the program?  Is it a success if the program gets better results but costs more?

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 13: Evaluation on a shoestring

Patricia Rogers's picture 27th March 2013 by Patricia Rogers

Many organisations are having to find ways of doing more for less – including doing evaluation with fewer resources. This can mean little money (or no money) to engage external expertise and a need to rely on resources internal to an organisation – specifically people who might also have less time to devote to evaluation.

Virtually attend development impact evaluation conference 26-27 March

Patricia Rogers's picture 25th March 2013 by Patricia Rogers

We’re delighted to be participating in this week’s conference - Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future - being held in conjunction with the launch of the Centre for Development Impact (CDI), a partnership between the Institute of Development Studies and ITAD.

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 12: Having an adequate theory of change

Patricia Rogers's picture 21st March 2013 by Patricia Rogers

Many evaluations use a theory of change approach, which identifies how activities are understood to contribute to a series of outcomes and impacts. These can help guide data collection, analysis and reporting. But what if the theory of change is has gaps, leaves out important things – or is just plain wrong?

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 10: Having a theory in the theory of change

Patricia Rogers's picture 8th March 2013 by Patricia Rogers

There is increasing recognition that a theory of change can be useful when planning an evaluation. A theory of change is an explanation of how activities are understood to contribute to a series of outcomes and impacts. It might be called a program theory, an intervention logic, an outcomes hierarchy, or something else. It is usually represented in a diagram called a logic model, which can take various forms.

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