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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.

BetterEvaluation at the Evaluation Conclave in Kathmandu this week

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

We're excited to be joining evaluators from across the world, and particularly South Asia, for the Evaluation Conclave this week. The theme of the conference is "Evaluation for development" - and sessions will look at ways that of going from evaluation of development to evaluation that actively contributes to development through its findings and processes.

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 6: Facilitating evaluation decisions

Patricia Rogers's picture 4th February 2013 by Patricia Rogers

There are many decisions to be made in an evaluation – its purpose and scope; the key evaluation questions; how different values will be negotiated; what should be the research design and methods for data collection and analysis; how information will be shared; what recommendations should be developed and how. 

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 4: Including unintended impacts

Patricia Rogers's picture 24th January 2013 by Patricia Rogers

Evaluation is not just about assessing whether objectives have been met.  Identifying and considering unintended impacts can be a critically important part of deciding whether or not a program, a policy or a project has been a success.  But not all guides to evaluation acknowledge the importance of unintended impacts – or give advice about methods to identify and include them.

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 3: Q & A about drawing logic models

Patricia Rogers's picture 15th January 2013 by Patricia Rogers

This week on BetterEvaluation we're presenting Questions and Answers about logic models. A logic model represents a program theory - how an intervention (such as a program, project or policy) is understood to contribute to its impacts.

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 2: Conducting Effective Meetings

Patricia Rogers's picture 10th January 2013 by Patricia Rogers

There are many decisions to be made in an evaluation – its purpose and scope; the key evaluation questions; how different values will be negotiated; what should be the research design and methods for data collection and analysis; how information will be shared; what recommendations should be developed and how. 

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