BetterEvaluation's writeshop series is a collection of case studies written by evaluation practitioners, and in some cases evaluation commissioners and managers, discussing a particular evaluation, the issues it addressed and the possible implications for evaluation practice and theory.
The cases come from a range of countries (New Zealand, Ethiopia, India, an Africa-wide initiative, an Andes-wide initiative and a global initiative) and a range of sectors and types of initiatives (a school principal induction programme, a global voluntary environmental network, agriculture, natural resource management, and life skills). The issues they address are relevant for other sectors and settings.
This report provides a detailed description of an evaluation, written by Judy Oakden, as part of the first BetterEvaluation writeshop process, led by Irene Guijt. Peer reviewers for this report were Carolyn Kabore and Irene Guijt.
Retrospective 'Outcome Harvesting'
This paper describes the use of the Outcome Harvesting approach to evaluate a global voluntary network. It is the second paper published as part of the BetterEvaluation writeshop series. The authors are Kornelia Rassmann, Richard Smith, John Mauremootoo and Ricardo Wilson-Grau. The reviewers were Irene Guijt and Willy Pradel.
Two sides of the evaluation coin
Unusually perhaps, this article is written jointly by the commissioner and the contractor of a recent evaluation. The process was rich, complex, at times difficult and a learning experience for all of us involved. Quite extraordinarily, we agreed to review the process of this evaluation between us and had already started sharing ideas on what could be learned from our experiences before finding this opportunity to contribute to BetterEvaluation.
Mixing methods for rich and meaningful insight
The different perceptions of participants regarding the effectiveness of a project can, at times, be hard to identify. Therefore it can become extremely difficult to effectively incorporate these differences of opinion into an evaluation so that they make sense. This article provides a detailed examination of how this was done during a project among small vegetable producers in the Andes in 2010.
Evaluation of a community managed forest project
This paper gives a practical description of an evaluation of the World Vision Humbo Community Managed Natural Regeneration project in Ethiopia. The evaluator and author, Carolyn Kaboré, discusses the challenges of evaluating a high profile project and describes the methods used to carry out the evaluation, and why they were chosen.
Listening to smaller voices
This paper details the evaluation of a Life Skills programme implemented by Family Health International (FHI 360), India. The evaluator and author, Sonal Zaveri, describes the evaluation process used to determine how the programme had changed (or not) the lives of children who were infected, orphaned, affected or vulnerable to HIV.