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  1. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 24: Choosing methods to describe activities, results and context

    Blog
    17th June, 2013

    How many methods do you usually see in evaluation reports as having been used to collect data? Chances are you’ll see project document review, key information interviews, surveys of some kind, and perhaps group interviews with intended beneficiaries. These methods are all useful to help describe what has happened, the outcomes and the context in which change occurred.

  2. BetterEvaluation FAQ: How do you use program theory for evaluating systems?

    Blog
    21st June, 2017

    In our recent blog post about using theories of change and logic models better in evaluation, we asked BetterEvaluation members to submit a question or challenge that they have in relation to creating or using theory of change for review by the BetterEvaluation team. One member asked us for advice on using a theory of change for systems change which we are very happy to share below:

  3. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 20: Defining what needs to be evaluated

    Blog
    13th May, 2013

    Whether you are commissioning an evaluation, designing one or implementing one, having - and sharing - a very clear understanding of what is being evaluated is paramount. For complicated or complex interventions this isn't always as straight forward as it sounds, which is why BetterEvaluation offers specific guidance on options for doing this.

  4. 7 Strategies to improve evaluation use and influence- Part 2

    Blog
    2nd February, 2018

    This is the second of a two-part blog on strategies to support the use of evaluation, building on a session the BetterEvaluation team facilitated at the American Evaluation Association conference last year. While the session focused particularly on strategies to use after an evaluation report has been produced, it is important to address use before and during an evaluation.

  5. In search of Blue Marble Evaluators

    Blog
    5th January, 2016

    You can't see the Earth as a globe unless you get at least twenty thousand miles away from it.  On December 7, 1972, the first photograph was taken of the whole Earth from space.  That photo became known as The Blue Marble Shot.

  6. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 52: Holiday gifts for everyone

    Blog
    20th December, 2013

    For many of us, this is a time for reflecting back on the year and exchanging gifts.  So for this final post in the 52 weeks series for 2013, we wanted to share some evaluation gifts you can keep for yourself or share with your friends and colleagues.

  7. Week 50: Feedback loops – new buzzword, old practice?

    Blog
    15th December, 2014

    Recently, I had the good fortune to start collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation, which is strongly committed to what it calls ‘listening deeply and elevating voices’. This organisation is one of an increasing number in international development expressing more than a superficial interest in ‘client feedback’.

  8. Week 22: Using evaluation in programme design – a funder’s perspective

    Blog
    3rd June, 2014

    Stephen Porter is Results and Evaluation Advisor for the Education and Partnerships team at DFID. In this blog he gives us a valuable insight into what a funder might be thinking as they review a development programme proposal and how he uses evaluation evidence to make funding decisions. In comparing the information that comes from (traditional) systematic reviews to that which comes from a realist synthesis, he urges us all to think hard about the ‘how’ of development interventions, particularly in livelihoods interventions.

  9. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 37: Collaborative Outcomes Reporting

    Blog
    13th September, 2013

    Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR) is an approach to impact evaluation that combines elements of several rigorous non-experimental methods and strategies.  You’ll find it on the Approaches page on the BetterEvaluation site - an approach combines several options to address a number of evaluation tasks. This week we talk to Jess Dart, who developed COR. Jess is the new steward for BetterEvaluation’s COR page and, together with Megan Roberts from Clear Horizon, has provided a step-by-step guide, advice on choosing and using the approach well, and examples of its use.

  10. EvalYear: ReLAC conference, Lima 9-13 March

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    6th March, 2015

    This week the Latin-American and Caribbean Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematization Network (ReLAC) is holding its 4th International Conferencein Lima, Peru.

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