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  1. How evaluation embraces and enriches adaptation: A UFE approach

    Blog
    18th July, 2017
    In this guest blog, Sonal Zaveri (with input from the DECI team) discusses why a Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE) approach is a natural fit for adaptive management, supporting reflection and course correction
  2. An Overview of Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptive Management (Working Paper #1)

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    Discussion paper
    2020

    This paper is the first in the BetterEvaluation Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptive Management working paper series. While focused especially on international development, this paper is relevant to wider areas of public good activity, especially in a time of global pandemic, uncertainty and an increasing need for adaptive management.

  3. What is adaptive management and how does it work? (Working Paper #2)

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    Discussion paper
    2020

    This is the second paper in the BetterEvaluation Working Paper Series, Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptive Management. It explores the history, various definitions and forms of adaptive management, including Doing Development Differently (DDD), Thinking Working Politically (TWP), Problem-Driven Iterative Adaption (PDIA), and Collaboration, Learning and Adaption (CLA). It also explores what is needed for adaptive management to work.

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

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    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.

  5. Learning to Make All Voices Count- Leveraging Complexity-Aware MEL to Pursue Change in Complex Systems​

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    Discussion paper
    2017


    Global Integrity, in collaboration with Making All Voices Count, has compiled material from the Learning to Make All Voices Count program, in which they worked with six partners in five countries, and supported their efforts to develop and apply an adaptive, learning-centered approach to strengthening subnational citizen engagement in their contexts. There is a focus on complexity-aware MEL as a crucial component of this approach. 

  6. Real-time evaluation (Working paper #4)

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    Overview
    2020

    Real-time evaluation (RTE) has been practised and documented over the past 20 years, initially in humanitarian projects. There is now increasing interest in learning from this experience to inform evaluations in other areas, especially in development. This paper outlines the different ways in which RTE has been defined and is understood to work. It analyses how RTE is similar to and different from other approaches to supporting evidence-informed action. It discusses when it is appropriate to use RTE and what is needed to make it work well.

    The work reported on in this paper has benefitted from a technical cooperation grant provided by Evaluation Department, Norwegian Agency for Development (Norad) to Better Evaluation.  This work is a product of the staff of Better Evaluation with external contribution from Evaluation Department, Norad.  The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this work do not necessarily reflect the views of Norad.

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  7. BetterEvaluation Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptive Management Working Paper Series

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    This working paper series explores how monitoring and evaluation can support good adaptive management of programs. While focused especially on international development, this series is relevant to wider areas of public good activity, especially in a time of global pandemic, uncertainty and an increasing need for adaptive management.

  8. Adaptive management

    Development Theme

    The term 'adaptive management' refers to adaptation that goes beyond the usual adaptation involved in good management - modifying plans in response to changes in circumstances or understanding, and using information to inform these decisions.

    Adaptive management refers to an approach to managing under conditions of ongoing uncertainty which represents a paradigm shift from classic, linear approaches to planning, implementation and evaluation. 

  9. Rapid Evaluation

    Synonyms: 
    real-time evaluation, rapid feedback evaluation, rapid-cycle evaluation, rapid appraisal
    Approach

    Rapid Evaluation is an approach designed to quickly and systematically conduct an evaluation when time or resources are limited.

  10. Outcome monitoring in large multi-stakeholder research programmes: Lessons from PRISE

    Blog
    18th June, 2019

    This guest blog by Tiina Pasanen and Kaia Ambrose discusses how the Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid Economies (PRISE) project approached the challenge of coming up with an outcome monitoring system that considered the dynamics and complexities involved in a multi-project, multi-country and multi-partner research consortium and shares some key lessons to come out of this. Feature image credit: Lancelot Ehode Soumelong.

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