UNICEF Webinar 6: Comparative Case Studies

What does a non-experimental evaluation look like? How can we evaluate interventions implemented across multiple contexts, where constructing a control group is not feasible?

Webinar 6 on comparative case studies was presented by Dr. Delwyn Goodrick, with a Q&A session between the presenter and audience at the end.  It took place on Thursday, 27th of August, with a repeat session on Monday, 31st of August.

Comparative case studies can be used to answer questions about causal attribution and contribution when it is not feasible or desirable to create a comparison group or control group. They are particularly useful for understanding and explaining how context influences the success of an intervention and how better to tailor the intervention  to the specific context to achieve intended outcomes.

In partnership with the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, the RMIT University-based BetterEvaluation team worked with evaluation experts and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) to deliver a series of webinars on impact evaluaton for UNICEF staff on topics pertinent to development professionals. These webinars follow on from a series of 13 methodological briefs on impact evaluation methods. Like the methodological briefs, the webinars are best suited to UNICEF staff who commission or utilize the results from impact evaluations, but will likely be of interest to others. The objective is to provide an interactive capacity-building experience to UNICEF staff, covering common challenges from the field and answering practical questions.

View the other webinars in this series.

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Listen to Q&A

Can comparative case studies be used as a standalone tool or should they be complementary to regular evaluations?


How do you ensure that case studies are representative for the population and not anomalies? How do you make sure to avoid bias in selecting the case studies?


Do you think there is any scope for negotiating the realization of comparative case studies within an RCT? Or is it the case that a consultancy which proposed conducting an RCT won't be able to conduct a comparative case study?


Are comparative case studies about comparing results between countries or within the same communities?


About this webinar series

Throughout 2015, BetterEvaluation partnered with the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti to develop eight impact evaluation webinars for UNICEF staff. The objective was to provide an interactive capacity-building experience, customized to focus on UNICEF’s work and the unique circumstances of conducting impact evaluations of programs and policies in international development. The webinars were based on the Impact Evaluation Series – a user-friendly package of 13 methodological briefs and four animated videos – and presented by the briefs' authors. This page provides links not only to the eight webinars, but also to the practical questions and their answers which followed each webinar presentation.

The findings, interpretations and opinions expressed in the webinars are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The presenters are independent impact evaluation experts who were commissioned by UNICEF to prepare the webinars and use their own knowledge and judgement on key issues and to provide advice. The questions and comments reflected in the Q & A materials are based on those submitted by UNICEF staff as part of this capacity-building initiative. They do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of UNICEF.

The webinars were commissioned by UNICEF and UNICEF is entitled to all intellectual property and other proprietary rights which bear a direct relation to the contract under which this work was produced. The materials on this page are subject to a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial) and may be used and reproduced in line with the conditions of this licence.

View all eight webinars in this series:


Goodrick, D. (2015, August). Comparative Case Study. Impact evaluation webinars for UNICEF [Webinar]. Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/SgLSR55BxHg

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