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  1. Learning how to learn: eight lessons for impact evaluations to make a difference

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    Guide
    2011

    This background note from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) outlines some of the key lessons that have been learnt through recent and ongoing work in impact evaluations,  utilisation-focused evaluations and evidence-based policy.

  2. Return on Investment: The Long term Impact of Building Healthcare Capacity in Africa

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    Guide
    2010

    This report from Accordia Global Health Foundation outlines five approaches to long-term capacity development and systems strengthening which are viewed through the lens of long-term impact evaluation.

  3. Impact Evaluation and Interventions to Address Climate Change: A scoping study

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    This paper from the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) analyses a number of climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives and reaches the conclusion that if funds continue to be spent on these kind of projects, they should be based on sound evidence of what works.

  4. The Art of Assessing the Impact of Advocacy Work

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    Overview
    2002

    This paper explores the complex and changing nature of advocacy work, arguing that in many cases standardized forms of Monitoring & Evaluation/ Impact Analysis (M&E/IA) are likely to be inappropriate, as they will probably provide misleading information, and may create incentives that undermine joint action.

  5. Assessing the impact of research on policy

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    Overview
    2008

    The authors of this review analyse various evaluation options (including ethnographic and quantitative approaches, focus groups, process tracing, and network mapping and analysis) in order to find out which ones are the most suitable to evaluate the impact of research on policy change. 

  6. Advocacy Impact Evaluation

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    Example

    This paper from Michael Quinn Patton presents a retrospective case study in which the  the potential influence of judicial advocacy efforts targeted at the Supreme Court is assessed.

  7. Selecting Impact/Outcome Evaluation Designs: A Decision-Making Table and Checklist Approach

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    Guide
    2009

    This article from Paul Duignan is aimed at supporting evaluators decide which impact/outcome evaluation design is most appropriate to use. A decision-making table approach is provided to assist in the selection of one of the seven possible groups of impact/outcome evaluation.

  8. Handbook on Impact Evaluation: Quantitative Methods and Practices

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    2010

    This book provides "a comprehensive overview of steps in designing and evaluating programs amid uncertain and potentially confounding conditions. It draws from a rapidly expanding and broadbased literature on program evaluation—from monitoring and evaluation approaches to experimental and nonexperimental econometric options for designing and conducting impact evaluations." (Khandker, Koolwal & Samad, 2010)

  9. Methodologies to Evaluate the Impact of Large Scale Nutrition Programs

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    2009

    This report focuses on evaluating the impact of large scale nutrition intervention programs. The discussion centres around the use of randomised control trials (RCTs) and the circumstances under which they can be used to evaluate for plausible impact and for adequate impact.

  10. DFID's Approach to Impact Evaluation

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    Overview
    2012

    In this interview Development Impact talks with Nick York, Head of Evaluation and Gail Marzetti, Deputy Head, Research and Evidence Division from the UK Government's Department for International Development (DfID) to discuss their approach to impact evaluation.

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