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?

Guest blog: Why rubrics are useful in evaluations

Judy Oakden's picture 13th March 2013 by Judy Oakden

In Aoteoroa New Zealand the use of rubrics has been adopted across a number of institutions to help ensure there is transparent and clear assessment which respects and includes diverse lines of evidence in evaluation. This case, written as part of the BetterEvaluation writeshop process, discusses how the use of rubrics was helpful throughout all stages of an evaluation of the First-time Principals’ Induction Programme.

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.

From rigorous methods to rigorous processes – directions for travel after the RCT debate

Tiina Pasanen's picture 25th February 2013 by Tiina Pasanen

It is neither relevant nor useful to either only criticise randomised control trials (RCT) or treat them as the only choice for rigorous impact evaluation (IE). We need to look for other approaches and methods that can contribute to causal inference and systematically link observed effects to causes as well as extend what we mean by rigorous IE.

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 8: Using Social Network Analysis for M&E

Cris Sette's picture 20th February 2013 by Cris Sette

Most of the work done in development is done in collaboration, in partnership with individuals or organizations who contribute to a particular task or project we are working on. These collaborations are sometimes very straight forward, but sometimes they are quite complex, and involve many links and relationships.

With that in mind, I would like to share an approach I am working on,  Social Network Analysis (SNA). We are using SNA to study research networks, its characteristics and how the network contributes to better research outcomes.