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  1. Developing an initial description


    Developing an Initial Description

    What is being evaluated?

    What is the program logic / program theory/ theory of change?

  2. Most Significant Change


    The Most Significant Change (MSC) approach involves generating and analysing personal accounts of change and deciding which of these accounts is the most significant – and why.

  3. Participatory Video and the Most Significant Change. A guide for facilitators


    The toolkit is designed to support you in planning and carrying out evaluation using PV with the MSC technique, or PVMSC for short. This is a participatory approach to monitoring, evaluation and learning that amplifies the voices of participants and helps organisations to better understand and improve their programmes.

  4. Global Innovations in Measurement and Evaluation

    30th August, 2017

    This guest blog is by Anoushka Kenley from NPC, who is one of the authors of NPC's recent report on Global Innovations in Measurement and Evaluation. Anoushka shares with us a bit of the process behind the report, and discusses three of the eight trends that the report focuses on and why they're important. 

  5. Theory-Based Approaches to Evaluation: Concepts and Practices


    This web page from Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat provides an outline of some of the key concepts of theory based approaches to evaluation. The general application of a variety of different approaches is discussed along with some advice on the potential applications for government agencies. 

  6. Negative Programme Theory

    Evaluation Option

    Most programme theories, logic models and theories of change show how an intervention is expected to contribute to positive impacts. Negative programme theory, a technique developed by Carol Weiss, shows how it might produce negative impacts.

  7. Impact evaluation: challenges to address

    23rd 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.     

  8. Happy Holidays! 21+ free evaluation resources for you

    15th December, 2016

    Happy Holidays! In celebration of a great year, we've collected a list of favourite resources of 2016 that are freely available online so that we could share them with you as a bit of an end of year gift. The resources aren't necessarily new - but they are things that have been discovered for the first time or rediscovered in 2016. We have a wide range of cool tools, guides, examples and other resources that help us do evaluation better and think about it differently. 

  9. Week 12: Evaluation innovation in transparency and accountability

    21st March, 2014

    Innovation is a relative concept. It is about new practice … for the topic and person or group in question. The context-specific nature of what constitutes ‘an innovation’ became clear during a recent event around global transparency and accountability efforts.

  10. Use of Most Significant Change in evaluating school cultures in South Australia


    This is a summary of the example of how Most Significant Change (MSC) was used to measure “Perceptions of ‘Significant Change’ in School Cultures in South Australia” (Cornu et al 2006)