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  1. Control Group

    Evaluation Option
    Men in the field working with bird branta canadensis photo by Day Robert

    A control group is an untreated research sample against which all other groups or samples in the research is compared. A control group is constructed to produce an estimate of the counter-factual, that is,  what would have happened if an intervention had not been implemented. A control group is constructed by randomly assigning people to either the control group or to one or more "treatment" groups.

  2. 2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada: Chapter 1—Status Report on Evaluating the Effectiveness of Programs


    This report presents the results of a performance audit conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. Following the issue by the Treasury Board of a new Policy on Evaluation in 2009, which had the purpose of strengthening the evaluation function in departments and agencies, this Chapter 1 of this report looks at the progress in implementing these recommendations that has been made by Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

  3. Week 13: Producing engaging and accessible evaluation reports

    24th March, 2014

    This week we start the first in an ongoing series of Real-Time Evaluation Queries, where BetterEvaluation members ask for advice and assistance with something they are working on, together we suggest some strategies and useful resources - and then we find out what was actually useful (or not) and why.  

    Recently BetterEvaluation member Rituu B. Nanda  asked us for advice on producing interesting evaluation reports:

  4. C4D Hub: Identify potential unintended results

    Development Theme

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  5. C4D Hub: Develop an M&E Framework

    Development Theme

    What is it?

    A Monitoring and Evaluation Framework outlines the overall RM&E plan for monitoring and evaluating across an entire program, or across different programs. It should specify the monitoring strategies, any studies, reviews or evaluations to do done, with details about data sources, timing, management processes, as well as an overall program theory/logic model. 

  6. The 11th Evaluation Conference 'Evaluation of Cohesion Policy' Results, challenges, solutions (Cracow, Poland)

    28th September, 2015 to 29th September, 2015

    International Evaluation Conference is an initiative devoted to building evaluation capacity in Poland. It has been organised yearly since 2005 and all the time it constantly attracts a large group of recognised experts in the field of evaluation and related disciplines.

    Also Available In: Polski
  7. Bringing the invisible into perspective: Reference document for using the 5Cs framework to plan, monitor and evaluate capacity and results of capacity development processes

    Discussion paper

    The five core capabilities approach (5Cs) is an approach to organisational assessment built on complexity thinking. This document presents various ways that the approach has been operationalised, mainly from the Dutch development context.

  8. Implementing the Vision: Addressing Challenges to Results-Focused Management and Budgeting


    Burt Perrin's 2002 report to the OECD outlines common challenges in performance measurement and results-based management, and identifies potential solutions to these. There is an emphasis in this report on what can be done at the strategic and systems levels of government.

  9. C4D Hub: Develop program theory or logic model

    Development Theme

    What is it?

    A program theory or logic model explains how the activities of an intervention are understood to contribute to a chain of results (short-term outputs, medium-term outcomes) that produce ultimate intended or actual impacts. It can be shown in the form inputs->processes->outputs ->outcomes -> impacts but sometimes other forms are more useful.

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