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  1. Dealing With Complexity in Development Evaluation- A Practical Approach

    Resource
    Guide
    2015

    This book offers practical guidance to policymakers, managers, and evaluation practitioners on how to design and implement complexity-responsive evaluations that can be undertaken in the real world of time, budget, data, and political constraints.

  2. How does the commissioning process hinder the uptake of complexity-appropriate evaluation?

    Resource
    Discussion paper
    2020

    Drawing on interviews with 19 UK evaluation commissioners and contractors, this paper investigates the role of evaluation commissioning in hindering the take-up of complexity-appropriate evaluation methods and explores ways of improving this.

  3. Week 36: Systems thinking

    Blog
    15th September, 2014

    This is #2 in our series on visionary evaluation. This year’s AEA Conference theme is visionary evaluation – systems thinking, equity and sustainability.  Which begs the question what is systems thinking?

    There are dozens of definitions but for me it is the combination of three things:

    1. Understanding inter-relationships
    2. Engaging with multiple-perspectives
    3. Reflecting on boundary choices

    …. And how does that contribute to visionary evaluation?

  4. Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting. Adaptive Management for Complex Development Programs

    Event
    Course
    15th June, 2016 to 22nd June, 2016
    Italy
    Paid

    This course focuses on two methods for planning, monitoring and evaluation in dynamic environments where development results can be both planned and unanticipated. Outcome Mapping is a set of tools used for planning, monitoring and evaluating interventions aimed at bringing about social, economic or technological change. The idea is that to succeed, an intervention needs to involve multiple stakeholders. OM connects ‘outputs’ to ‘outcomes’ by focusing on the patterns of action and interaction among stakeholders. Outcome Harvesting is used to identify, formulate, analyse and interpret what was achieved and how, regardless of whether it was pre-defined or not. Conventional M&E can be inappropriate because what is done and what is achieved may vary considerably from the original plan. OH enables people responsible for monitoring and evaluating development work to identify and formulate intended and unintended, positive and negative outcomes, determine how the intervention contributed to them. 

  5. Principles-Focused Evaluation The GUIDE

    Resource
    Guide
    2018

    How can programs and organizations ensure they are adhering to core principles—and assess whether doing so is yielding desired results? From evaluation pioneer Michael Quinn Patton, this book introduces the principles-focused evaluation (P-FE) approach and demonstrates its relevance and application in a range of settings. 

  6. Week 2: Evaluation methods for large, complex, global initiatives

    Blog
    9th January, 2014

    My 2014 evaluation events calendar was launched in earnest this week with a workshop hosted by the US Institute of Medicine focusing on evaluation methods and considerations for large-scale, complex, multi-national, global health initiatives - such as the Global Fund or PEPFAR.

  7. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 9: Addressing complexity

    Blog
    1st March, 2013

    [Blog post updated and extended 4 March 2013]

    There is increasing discussion about the potential relevance of ideas and methods for addressing complexity in evaluation. But what does this mean?  And is it the same as addressing complication?