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.
Blog23rd January, 2015
In 2015, we’re presenting "12 months of BetterEvaluation" - with blog posts focusing each month on a different issue. This is the first in a series on impact evaluation, our focus for January.
In development, government and philanthropy, there is increasing recognition of the potential value of impact evaluation. There is dedicated funding available and specific initiatives to develop capacity for both commissioning and conducting impact evaluation, including supporting use of the findings.
EventCourse7th June, 2015United KingdomPaid
For government and its agencies, the European Commission, the Lottery, and charitable Trusts, evaluation of impact has become a cornerstone in understanding the accountability and effectiveness of programmes and initiatives. In an environment where resources for such activity are often scarce, those tasked with designing and managing evaluations, find themselves confronted with confusing choices about ‘the right’ approaches and techniques. This course helps to demystify impact evaluation and help those commissioning and conducting evaluation make effective choices.
EventCourse7th September, 2015 to 18th September, 2015ItalyPaid
As part of the 10th Annual Edition of the joint Bologna Centre for International Development / Department of Economics Summer School Programme on Monitoring and Evaluation, the programme's focus for the September 2015 modules is on Result-based Monitoring and Evaluation (first module) and Outcome and Impact Evaluation (second module).
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.
EventConference28th October, 2015 to 29th October, 2015Bosnia and HerzegovinaPaid
Public sector and Impact Evaluation in Western Balkan Call for papers We invite the submission for the conference. Topics can extend from: State of the art in evaluation in the Region and perspectives; Presentation of accomplished evaluation studies; Methodological challenges in evaluation, evaluation standards and evaluation ethics; Evaluation system and broader challenges of evaluation in EU context, and in donors' context. Operation of evaluation communities in the region – challenges, exchange of experiences. Cooperation of evaluators in the region – Experiences after 2 years of operation. Authors may submit their contribution as: Classical paper (abstract, or full) Poster (3-5 pages of presentation, graphically or textually) Discussion (1-2 pages of discussion – for the round table) Contributions need to be sent by 19. June 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
EventWorkshop20th July, 2015 to 31st July, 2015IndiaPaid
USAID’s MEASURE Evaluation Project is pleased to announce the international workshop on “Impact Evaluation of Population, Health and Nutrition Programs,” for English speaking professionals. The workshop is sponsored by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in New Delhi, India and MEASURE Evaluation, in collaboration with GEMNet-Health. The two-week course will be held July 20 – 31, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Taught in English, the course is designed for mid-level health and population researchers, administrators, program managers, and other professionals involved in the implementation and evaluation of population, health and nutrition programs. The course provides intensive, hands-on training in impact evaluation with an emphasis on statistical methods for professionals currently involved in related activities.
Blog20th November, 2015
This week, EvalPartners will be launching EvalGender+, the global partnership for equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluations. The launch is part of the Global Evaluation Week in Kathmandu to celebrate the International Year of Evaluation.
Gillian Fletcher's blog and new resource on Addressing Gender in Impact Evaluation is, thus, particularly timely. A lot has been written about gender impact but what is important to consider?
“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.