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  1. Pathways to professionalisation- Part 2: Options for professionalisation

    20th July, 2018

    In the previous blog in this series, Greet Peersman and Patricia Rogers introduced the ‘Pathways to advance professionalisation within the context of the AES’ project and report. A major feature of this report is the exploration of 41 activities and approaches that can be used to advance the professionalisation of monitoring and evaluation, and the conclusion of this two-part series looks at these approaches in more detail. We believe these activities are likely to be of considerable interest to others who are undertaking or planning evaluation capacity strengthening activities and we encourage you to share your feedback and thoughts on these activities at the end of this blog.

  2. Using logic models and theories of change better in evaluation

    19th May, 2017

    Many evaluations include a process of developing logic models and theories of change – an explanation of how the activities of a program, project, policy, network or event are expected to contribute to particular results in the short-term and longer-term.  They have been used for many years -  versions can be seen in Carol Weiss’ 1972 book "Evaluation research: methods for assessing program effectiveness" -  and they have been mainstreamed in many organisations

  3. UNICEF Webinar: Theory of Change


    What is a Theory of Change? How is it different from a logframe? Why is it such an important part of an impact evaluation?

    The third impact evaluation webinar in this series focused on Theory of Change and took place on Wednesday 15th of April and Thursday 16th of April (repeat session). This webinar series is organized by the Office of Research – Innocenti and presented by evaluation experts from RMIT University, BetterEvaluationand 3ie throughout 2015.

  4. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 12: Having an adequate theory of change

    21st March, 2013

    Many evaluations use a theory of change approach, which identifies how activities are understood to contribute to a series of outcomes and impacts. These can help guide data collection, analysis and reporting. But what if the theory of change is has gaps, leaves out important things – or is just plain wrong?

  5. C4D Hub: Develop program theory or logic model

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    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.

  6. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 41: Recommended content from the BetterEvaluation community

    15th October, 2013

    You'll find hundreds of evaluation resources on the BetterEvaluation site. Some have come from recommendations by stewards. Some have come from our writeshop project or design clinics.  And there are great resources that have been recommended by BetterEvaluation users. This week we are highlighting some of these user-recommended resources, how you can find the latest new material, and how you tell us your recommendations. 

  7. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 10: Having a theory in the theory of change

    8th March, 2013

    There is increasing recognition that a theory of change can be useful when planning an evaluation. A theory of change is an explanation of how activities are understood to contribute to a series of outcomes and impacts. It might be called a program theory, an intervention logic, an outcomes hierarchy, or something else. It is usually represented in a diagram called a logic model, which can take various forms.

  8. Examples of scaffolding new methods

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    These examples have been contributed for discussion at the 'flipped conference' session of the American Evaluation Association to be held at 11.15am - 12 noon on Saturday November 11, 2017 in the room Thurgood Marshall East, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.  For more information about how to participate in the session, please see the overview of the session. If you'd like to share an example, please go to this page and provide details.

  9. Week 41: Celebrating two years since going live!

    17th October, 2014

    Two years ago, during the European Evaluation Society conference in Helsinki, the website went live for public access.  We had been working with an international group of beta-partners to develop the site before this time.

    The BetterEvaluation project grew out of a realisation of the need

  10. Purposeful program theory: effective use of theories of change and logic models


    This book, by Sue Funnell and Patricia Rogers, discusses ways of developing, representing and using programme theory and theories of change in different ways to suit the particular situation. It discusses how to address complicated and complex aspects of programmes in terms of: focus; governance; consistency; 
    necessariness; sufficiency; and change trajectory .