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  1. Outcome Mapping


    Outcome mapping (OM) is a methodology for planning, monitoring and evaluating development initiatives in order to bring about sustainable social change. As the name suggests, its niche is understanding outcomes; the so-called ‘missing-middle’ or ‘black box’ of results that emerge downstream from the initiative’s activities but upstream from longer-term economic, environmental, political or demographic changes.

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

    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.

  3. Most Significant Change (MSC) Workshop, Amsterdam 1-2 October 2015

    1st October, 2015 to 2nd October, 2015

    The training is a combination of theory and practice. It will focus on helping participants to understand what MSC is, how to implement the technique, how to analyse the stories of change and ways to integrate MSC in an existing M&E system 

  4. Impact evaluation

    Development Theme

    An impact evaluation provides information about the impacts produced by an intervention - positive and negative, intended and unintended, direct and indirect. This means that an impact evaluation must establish what has been the cause of observed changes (in this case ‘impacts’) referred to as causal attribution (also referred to as causal inference).

  5. DoView Software


    DoView is a specialized package for drawing logic models. It is designed primarily to draw outcomes chain models but can also be used for pipeline logic models. 

  6. Workshop: Using program theory and program logic for improved evaluation practice (Sydney 1 June 2016)

    25th May, 2016

    The workshop will provide participants with insight into theory based approaches to evaluation, and specifically into the role of Program Theory and Program Logic to provide a clear understanding, focus and direction to the practice of evaluation. The use of Program Theory and Program Logic will be clearly detailed within a staged conceptual model, with guidance provided on how they can be applied within the planning and implementation of an evaluation.

  7. 7 Strategies to improve evaluation use and influence- Part 1

    25th January, 2018

    What can be done to support the use of evaluation? How can evaluators, evaluation managers and others involved in or affected by evaluations support the constructive use of findings and evaluation processes?  

  8. TOCO


    Theory of Change Online (TOCO) is web-based software (no download required) that you can use to design and edit and store your Theory of Change, learn the concepts of theory of change, and capture your outcomes, indicators, rationales and assumptions in an interactive graphical environment.

  9. Using Programme Theory to Evaluate Complicated and Complex Aspects of Interventions


    This article by Patricia J Rogers highlights the way program theory can be used in order to evaluate complicated or complex elements of programs.

  10. Manager's guide to evaluation

    Commissioners Guide Landing

    This is an interactive guide for people who are managing an evaluation.

    The guide can be used for managing an evaluation that is conducted by an external evaluator or evaluation team, an internal team, or by a combination of these. It can be used for different types of evaluations and for evaluations of different types of interventions, including projects, programs, policies and clusters of projects. It can also be used for evaluation of research.

    The guide aims to support decision making throughout the process of an evaluation, from planning its purpose and scope, designing it, conducting it, reporting findings and supporting use of its findings. In many organizations, this process will draw on the expertise of several individuals. Additional help may need to be obtained for one or more steps in the process.

    The information is organized in 9 steps. In some cases, the order in which the steps are addressed in the evaluation process might be slightly different, or earlier steps might need to be revisited in response to changing circumstances and needs.


    You can navigate through the steps-based information using the 'steps menu' on the right-hand side of every page. You can click on links for further information which are provided within specific pages or you can go back to a previous page using the 'breadcrumbs' at the top of each page.

    Below is quick overview of each of the steps with links to sub-steps, where relevant:

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