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  1. Contribution Tracing

    Event
    Course
    11th July, 2016 to 13th July, 2016
    United Kingdom
    Paid

    There is increasing emphasis placed by impact evaluation commissioners on assessing the contribution made by projects and programmes to changing people’s lives, commonly referred to as a ‘contribution claim’. It can be argued that current theory-based approaches fail to provide evaluators with guidance on the ‘right’ data to gather and the quality of that data in relation to a particular contribution claim. This course aims to guide evaluators to collect data which can help assess how strongly or weakly such data support contribution claims.

  2. Designing Effective Ways to Evaluate Impact

    Event
    Course
    16th January, 2017 to 20th January, 2017
    United Kingdom
    Paid

    This five day course tackles an emerging problem in development evaluation: how to ensure that we have the right mix of methods to provide relevant and credible impact evidence. In order to do this, we need to achieve a better understanding of the potential contribution of various evaluation designs and methods, and create the space for thinking this through and incorporating it into our practice.

  3. From Evidence to Action: The Story of Cash Transfers and Impact Evaluation in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Resource
    Overview
    2016

    This book presents a detailed overview of the impact evaluations of cash transfer programmes, carried out by the Transfer Project and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)'s From Protection to Production project. There is a focus on the role of programme evaluation in the process of developing policies and implementing programmes.

  4. Developing a research agenda for impact evaluation

    Blog
    13th February, 2015

    Impact evaluation, like many areas of evaluation, is under-researched. Doing systematic research about evaluation takes considerable resources, and is often constrained by the availability of information about evaluation practice.  Much of the work undertaken in evaluation is not readily visible (see  the recent comments by Drew Cameron on an earlier blog post which provide details about the considerable effort involved in a study of impact evaluations in development).  

  5. I'm doing an impact evaluation: What evidence do I need? (#AES17 presentation slides)

    Resource
    Overview
    2017

    Are quantitative or qualitative methods better for undertaking impact evaluations? What about true experiments? Is contribution analysis the new 'state of the art' in impact evaluation or should I just do a survey and use statistical methods to create comparison groups?

    Determining one's plan for an impact evaluation occurs within the constraints of a specific context. Since method choices must always be context specific, debates in the professional literature about impact methods can at best only provide partial guidance to evaluation practitioners. The way to break out of this methods impasse is by focusing on the evidentiary requirements for assessing casual impacts.

  6. Choosing appropriate designs and methods for impact evaluation- Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

    Resource
    Guide
    2016

    The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has commissioned this report to explore the challenges and document a range of possible approaches for the impact evaluations that the department conducts. Research for the project comprised interviews with key internal stakeholders to understand their needs, and a review of the literature on impact evaluation, especially in the industry, innovation and science context. That research led directly to the development of this guide. This research project is the first stage of a larger project to develop materials as the basis for building departmental capability in impact evaluation.

  7. UNICEF Webinar: Theory of Change

    Resource
    2015

    What is a Theory of Change? How is it different from a logframe? Why is it such an important part of an impact evaluation?

    The third impact evaluation webinar in this series focused on Theory of Change and took place on Wednesday 15th of April and Thursday 16th of April (repeat session). This webinar series is organized by the Office of Research – Innocenti and presented by evaluation experts from RMIT University, BetterEvaluationand 3ie throughout 2015.

  8. Sustained and Emerging Impacts Evaluation (SEIE)

  9. Evaluability assessment for impact evaluation

    Resource
    Guide
    2015

    This document provides an overview of the utility of and specific guidance and a tool for implementing an evaluability assessment before an impact evaluation is undertaken.

  10. Impact Evaluation A Guide for Commissioners and Managers

    Resource
    Guide
    2015

    This guide, written by Elliot Stern builds on an initial report prepared for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Broadening the range of designs and methods for impact evaluations. The impetus for this guide came from a ‘cross-funders group’ interested in helping decision-makers within civil society organisations and those that fund them to better understand how to commission, manage and use impact evaluations. 

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