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  1. Ten steps to a results based monitoring and evaluation system. A handbook for development practitioners


    This guide provides a ten-step model to help plan, design, and implement a results-based M&E system for good management in organizations working in the public sector. The guide describes these steps in detail, the tasks needed to complete them, and the tools available to help implement them. The process starts with a “Readiness Assessment” and works the design, management, and, the sustainability of the M&E system.

  2. National Evaluation Systems in the public service: Institutionalizing evidence informed policy and decision making

    28th June, 2021 to 2nd July, 2021

    What is institutionalisation of evaluation in the public service, why it is important in public policy and how to institutionalise evaluation within the public service? The workshop explores evaluation policy, approaches to build capacity to supply and demand evaluations, evaluation standards, and approaches to ensuring use of evaluation.

  3. Rapid review programs to support health care and policy decision making: a descriptive analysis of processes and methods


    This article, written by Julie Polisena, Chantelle Garritty, Chris Kamel, Adrienne Stevens and Ahmed M Abou-Setta, looks at the processes and methods used in producing Rapid Reviews (RR)to synthesize evidence for a shorter turnaround.  The paper also analyses many of the underlying themes associated with using RRs

  4. Innovation in Operations Assessment Recent Developments in Measuring Results in Conflict Environments


    This publication, edited by edited by Andrew Williams, James Bexfield, Fabrizio Fitzgerald Farina and Johannes de Nijs for NATO looks at innovation within in the area of capability development particularly in conflict environments. The volume sets out to challenge and question current thinking and assumption regarding operations assessment; expand thinking beyond military-centric activity; and encourage long term thinking and debate. The publication is made up of thirteen peer reviewed articles from within NATO and beyond.

  5. Gender equality and big data: Making gender data visible

    Discussion paper

    The report from UN Women, with support from UN Global Pulse, outlines the value of big data for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in relation to women. It presents the benefits of big data (for example, real time data), risks (for example, elite capture and privacy), and policy implications (for example, how it can be incorporated in project cycles from planning to evaluation). It ends with a compendium of gender-related big data projects and their relevance to the SDGs.

  6. Making rigorous causal claims in a real-life context: Has research contributed to sustainable forest management?

    Discussion paper

    This article presents an example of a rigorous non-counterfactual causal analysis that describes how different evidence and methods were used together for causal inference without a control group or comparison group.  It includes discussion of whether some contributions of the project could be qualified as necessary for the outcomes and explores potential generalisability of the findings.  The examples brings together contribution analysis, process tracing and realist evaluation, using techniques such as identifying and ruling out alternative explanations and looking for "signature" processes that indicate what has produced outcomes.

  7. C4D Hub: Compare results to a counterfactual (strategy 1)

    Development Theme

    What is it?

    One of the ways of understanding causes (i.e. the extent to which an intervention caused outcomes) is to compare the observed results to those you would expect if the intervention had not been implemented - this is known as the 'counterfactual'. There are three broad options for creating a counterfactual. These are:

  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. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 24: Choosing methods to describe activities, results and context

    17th June, 2013

    How many methods do you usually see in evaluation reports as having been used to collect data? Chances are you’ll see project document review, key information interviews, surveys of some kind, and perhaps group interviews with intended beneficiaries. These methods are all useful to help describe what has happened, the outcomes and the context in which change occurred.

  10. Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia


    This volume of Making Evaluation Matter from SAGE Publications India and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), focuses on the work the Community of Evaluators (CoE) for South Asia has done to bring together evaluators within the region to ensure the sharing of experiences and knowledge of evaluations. Based on a series of 'write shops' which aimed to draw out a number of themes, including the context of South Asia, methodological developments in evaluation, and the challenges of using evaluation.