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  1. Realist impact evaluation: an introduction

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    Guide
    2014

    Realist impact evaluation is an approach to impact evaluation that emphasises the importance of context for programme outcomes. This introduction will help evaluators and commissioners of evaluations to decide whether a realist approach is appropriate for evaluating the impact of a particular policy or programme.

  2. 3D Impact Analysis: A New Tool to Approach Impact Evaluations

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    Overview
    2015

    In this seminar, Rob D. van den Berg proposes an approach to ‘3D impact analysis’ which starts from the recognition that demand for impact evidence is wide ranging and should be analysed structurally before it can be met by evaluations. This will become more important with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals that ask for a more holistic and integrated perspective of development.

  3. Straws-in-the-wind, Hoops and Smoking Guns: What can Process Tracing Offer to Impact Evaluation?

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    Overview
    2015

    This discussion paper, written by Melanie Punton and Katharina Welle, looks at the potential use of Process Tracing in an impact evaluation context. It examines the methodological and theoretical foundations of process tracing and examines two examples of its application in international development interventions.

  4. Addressing gender in impact evaluation

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    Guide
    2015

    “Gender affects everyone, all of the time. Gender affects the way we see each other, the way we interact, the institutions we create, the ways in which those institutions operate, and who benefits or suffers as a result of this.” (Fletcher 2015: 19)

    “Funding agencies around the world need interventions to address gender issues. This is because gender – or rather, judgements on worth related to gender – can result in inequality and injustice.” (Fletcher 2015: 4)

    A key question is ‘how should we assess the gender-related impact of interventions?’ In this new publication, Dr Fletcher provides a clear rationale for why an increase in the number of women participants in an intervention is not the same as demonstrating gender impact, and, collecting separate data on males and females (sex-disaggregated data) is not sufficient.

    This paper is a resource for practitioners and evaluators who want to include a genuine focus on gender impact when commissioning or conducting evaluations.

  5. Public Impact Fundamentals and Observatory

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    Example
    2016

    The Public Impact Fundamentals are a framework developed by the Centre for Public Impact to assess what makes a successful policy outcome and describe what can be done to maximise the chances of achieving public impact. The Fundamentals are complemented by the Centre's Public Impact Observatory - a library of hundreds of public policy case studies that have been analysed using the Fundamentals.

  6. Impact Evaluation A Guide for Commissioners and Managers

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    Guide
    2015

    This guide, written by Elliot Stern builds on an initial report prepared for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Broadening the range of designs and methods for impact evaluations. The impetus for this guide came from a ‘cross-funders group’ interested in helping decision-makers within civil society organisations and those that fund them to better understand how to commission, manage and use impact evaluations. 

  7. NPC's approach to developing an impact measurement framework

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    Guide
    2014

    NPC's Four Pillars approach provides advice to charities and steps they should take to determine how best to assess the difference they make. The guidance draws on various evaluation methods and ideas, but is geared to a practitioner audience.

  8. Impact Evaluation Series

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    Guide
    2015

    An impact evaluation provides information about the impacts produced by an intervention. In development, government and philanthropy, there is increasing recognition of the potential value of impact evaluation and specific support to develop capacity for both commissioning and conducting impact evaluation, including the use of its findings. 

    In partnership with the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), the RMIT University-based BetterEvaluation team worked with evaluation experts to develop a series of 13 methodological briefs on impact evaluation methods. The briefs were written by (in alphabetical order): E. Jane Davidson, Thomas de Hoop, Delwyn Goodrick, Irene Guijt, Bronwen McDonald, Greet Peersman, Patricia Rogers, Shagun Sabarwal, Howard White.

  9. Evaluability assessment for impact evaluation

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    Guide
    2015

    This document provides an overview of the utility of and specific guidance and a tool for implementing an evaluability assessment before an impact evaluation is undertaken.

  10. UNICEF Webinar: Overview of Impact Evaluation

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    Overview
    2015

     We often talk about the importance of knowing the impact of our work, but how is impact measured in practice? What are the ten basic things about impact evaluation that a UNICEF officer should know?

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