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  1. Utilization-Focused Evaluation

    Use-focused evaluation, Utilisation Focused Evaluation, Utilization Focused Evaluation

    Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE), developed by Michael Quinn Patton, is an approach based on the principle that an evaluation should be judged on its usefulness to its intended users.  Therefore evaluations should be planned and conducted in ways that enhance the likely utilization of both the findings and of the process itself to inform decisions and improve performance.

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  2. What does it mean to ‘un-box’ evaluation?

    30th January, 2019

    This guest blog by Jade Maloney is the first in a series about un-boxing evaluation – the theme of aes19 in Sydney, Australia. The series is designed to generate a global discussion of the theme ‘un-boxing evaluation’ and what that means for our profession and practice. Jade Maloney is co-convenor of aes19. She is also a Partner at ARTD Consultants, specialising in design and evaluation with people with disability and in the disability sector.  

  3. Report and support use


    From the first step of the evaluation process, even though it may be one of the last evaluation tasks, explicitly discuss the content, sharing, and use of reports during the initial planning of the evaluation and return to the discussion thereafter. Most importantly, identify who your primary intended users are. Use of the evaluation often depends on how well the report meets the needs and learning gaps of the primary intended users.

  4. Outcome Harvesting for Complex Development Programs

    18th June, 2018 to 20th June, 2018

    Outcome Harvesting is a utilisation-focused, highly participatory evaluation tool that enables evaluators, grantmakers, and managers to identify, formulate, verify, and make sense of outcomes they have influenced when at the time of planning the relationships of cause-effect were substantially unknown. 

  5. BetterEvaluation FAQ: How do I choose a suitable theory of change?

    22nd July, 2016

    We've been getting some great questions recently - so we're starting to share our answers through these blogs.  We'd welcome any additional suggestions for how to respond, or useful resources. Just add these to the comments box below.

    I’m wanting to do an impact evaluation. What kinds of theories should I use for developing a theory of change?

  6. C4D Hub: Establish Decision making processes

    Development Theme

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  7. Adapting evaluation in the time of COVID-19- Part 1: MANAGE

    21st April, 2020

    Organisations around the world are quickly having to adapt their programme and project activities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. We’re starting a new blog series to help support these efforts. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be exploring some of the key issues and questions to be addressed. We’ll be structuring these around the seven clusters of tasks in the BetterEvaluation Rainbow Framework: MANAGE, DEFINE, FRAME, DESCRIBE, UNDERSTAND CAUSES, REPORT AND SUPPORT USE. We’ll also be creating a complementary thematic area on the BetterEvaluation website to gather this information and associated resources in a more permanent and accessible manner. We see this as a work in progress – new guidance and resources are being developed rapidly as the evaluation community comes together to support one another in this global crisis.

  8. International course on Managing for Impact (fellowships opportunity)

    8th March, 2015 to 26th March, 2015

    An integrated approach to participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation Most development initiatives take place in highly dynamic contexts: a diversity of people is involved and change processes are complex and uncertain. Guiding your development initiative towards impact means facing the challenges of this ever-changing context. In this three-week course you will strengthen your ability to play a significant role in managing for impact (M4I).

  9. Looking back on 2016 and looking forward to 2017

    Happy New Year! From everyone on the BetterEvaluation team we hope you’ve had a great start to your year.  In our first newsletter for the year, we're sharing some highlights from 2016 and some of our plans for 2017... We'd love to hear yours at the end of the blog so please drop us a line or leave a comment down the bottom!


  10. Key Informant Interviews

    Evaluation Option

    Key Informant Interviews involve interviewing people who have particularly informed perspectives on an aspect of the program being evaluated.