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  1. Retrospective 'Outcome harvesting': Generating robust insights

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    2013

    This paper describes the use of the Outcome Harvesting approach to evaluate a global voluntary network. It is the second paper published as part of the BetterEvaluation writeshop series. The authors are Kornelia Rassmann, Richard Smith, John Mauremootoo and Ricardo Wilson-Grau. The reviewers were Irene Guijt and Willy Pradel.

  2. Learning about Theories of Change for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Research Uptake

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    2013

    The paper, published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), captures lessons from recent experiences on using ‘theories of change’ amongst organisations involved in the research–policy interface.

  3. Learning about Theories of Change for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Research Uptake

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    Discussion paper
    2013

    This practice paper from IDS captures lessons from recent experiences on using ‘theories of change’ amongst organisations involved in the research–policy interface.

    The literature in this area highlights much of the complexity inherent in the policymaking process, as well as the challenges around finding meaningful ways to measure research uptake. As a tool, ‘theories of change’ offers much, but the paper argues that the very complexity and dynamism of the research-to-policy process means that any theory of change will be inadequate in this context. Therefore, rather than overcomplicating a static depiction of change at the start (to be evaluated at the end), incentives need to be in place to regularly collect evidence around the theory, test it periodically, and then reflect and reconsider its relevance and assumptions.

  4. Evaluations that make a difference

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    2015

    This collection gathers eight stories from around the world about evaluations that have made a difference to the lives of people. These stories collectively represent a range of approaches to evaluation, making it clear that there is no one 'right' way to do evaluation that leads to improvements in people’s lives. This project was supported through an EvalPartners-Innovation Challenge grant, which aimed to strengthen the demand for and use of evaluation to inform policy making during the International Year of Evaluation (2015).

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

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    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.

  6. Unique Methods in Advocacy Evaluation

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    Tool

    This document describes four unique advocacy evaluation methods for assessing advocacy and policy change. 

  7. Evaluating your nonprofit's lobbyist

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    Guide

    This guide provides eight key activities that organisations should use to evaluate the effectiveness of their lobbyist. 

  8. Making a difference: M&E of policy research

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    Guide
    2007

    The paper presents examples and approaches on conducting M&E of policy research from the current experience of a range of research institutes, think tanks and funding bodies. The approaches have been divided into the following five key performance areas: Strategy and direction; Management; Outputs; Uptake; and Outcomes and impacts. Research programmes or institutes may wish to focus on only one of these areas, or may combine approaches across the areas to form a more comprehensive M&E plan.

  9. Making Change Happen: Advocacy and Citizen Participation

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    2002

    This paper provides an overview of issues related to advocacy and citizen participation, and  may serve as a starting point for evaluation of the advocacy efforts of an organisation.

  10. Smart and Ethical Principles and Practices for Public Interest Lobbying

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    This report from the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) (archived link) outlines four key principles that aim to ensure an ethical and strategic approach to lobbying by non-profit organisations.

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