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New Years Day holiday

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The Global Development Network is very pleased to announce its 12th Annual Global Development Conference which will be held on January 13-15, 2011 in Bogotá, Colombia. The Universidad de los Andes will host the conference and will also be GDN’s local partner The central theme of the conference is “Financing Development in a Post-Crisis World: The Need for a Fresh Look.”

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A sample event.New Years Eve countdown!

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Download a summary of the tasks, options, and approaches associated with understanding causes of outcomes and impacts. Most evaluations need to investigate what is causing the outcomes and impacts of an intervention. (Some process evaluations assume that certain activities are contributing to intended outcomes without investigating these). Sometimes it is useful to think about this in terms of ‘causal attribution’ – did the intervention cause the outcomes and impacts that have been observed?  In many cases, however, the outcomes and impacts have been caused by a combination of programs, or by a program in combination with other factors.   In such cases it can be more useful to think about “causal contribution” – did the intervention contribute to the outcomes and impacts that have been observed?
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Download an overview of tasks and options for Describe. This cluster of evaluation tasks involves collecting or retrieving data and analyzing it to answer evaluation questions about what has happened - activities, outcomes and impacts -  and also important contextual information.    
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Download a summary of the tasks, options, and approaches associated with framing the boundaries for an evaluation. Framing an evaluation involves being clear about the boundaries of the evaluation. Why is the evaluation being done? What are the broad evaluation questions it is trying to answer? What are the values that will be used to make judgments about whether it is good or bad, better or worse than alternatives, or getting better or worse?      

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