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  1. Remembering John Mayne

    23rd December, 2020

    This week we wanted to share and celebrate the important contributions to improving evaluation from John Mayne, a Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society and twice recipient of the CES Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada.

  2. Delphi Study

    Delphi Technique
    Evaluation Option
    Delphi photo by Navin Rajagopalan

    The Delphi technique is a quantitative option aimed at generating consensus. It solicits opinions from groups in an iterative process of answering questions. After each round the responses are summarised and redistributed for discussion in the next round. Through a process of convergence involving the identification of common trends and inspection of outliers, a consensus is reached.

  3. Thematic Coding

    Evaluation Option

    Thematic coding is a form of qualitative analysis which involves recording or identifying passages of text or images that are linked by a common theme or idea allowing you to index the text into categories and therefore establish a “framework of thematic ideas about it” (Gibbs 2007).

  4. Realist Evaluation

    Realist evaluation is a form of theory-driven evaluation, but is set apart by its explicit philosophical underpinnings.

    Pawson and Tilley (1997) developed the first realist evaluation approach, although other interpretations have been developed since. Pawson and Tilley argued that in order to be useful for decision makers, evaluations need to identify ‘what works in which circumstances and for whom?’, rather than merely ‘does it work?. 

    The complete realist question is: “What works, for whom, in what respects, to what extent, in what contexts, and how?”. In order to answer that question, realist evaluators aim to identify the underlying generative mechanisms that explain ‘how’ the outcomes were caused and the influence of context. 

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  5. Gantt Chart


    Gantt charts allow you to plan and analyse more complex projects by giving you the ability to plan and schedule tasks, allocate resources and develop a critical pathway for project completion.

  6. Feminist Evaluation and Gender Approaches: There’s a Difference?

    Discussion paper

    The purpose of this article is to provide readers with a historical overview and description of feminist evaluation and gender approaches. It is intended for those who are interested in understanding these approaches to evaluation, and their differences. ​

  7. Using the BetterEvaluation Resource Library

    18th July, 2019

    BetterEvaluation has over 1600 resources on evaluation tasks and options, with more being added each week. These include overviews, guides, examples, tools or toolkits, and discussion papers. Read the below guide for tips on how to find what you are after.

    Finding a resource in the BetterEvaluation library

    Option 1. Search for a resource via keywords


  8. Evaluating Humanitarian Action

    Humanitarian action is any activity taken with the objective of saving lives, alleviating suffering, and maintaining human dignity during and after human-induced crises and disasters resulting from natural hazards. Humanitarian action also includes prevention and preparation for these.  Humanitarian action includes both the provision of assistance (such as food, healthcare and shelter) and the protection of crisis-affected populations from violations of their rights (as defined by human rights law, international humanitarian law, and refugee law, see ALNAP, 2016).

  9. Adapting evaluation in the time of COVID-19- Part 1: MANAGE

    21st April, 2020

    Organisations around the world are quickly having to adapt their programme and project activities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. We’re starting a new blog series to help support these efforts. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be exploring some of the key issues and questions to be addressed. We’ll be structuring these around the seven clusters of tasks in the BetterEvaluation Rainbow Framework: MANAGE, DEFINE, FRAME, DESCRIBE, UNDERSTAND CAUSES, REPORT AND SUPPORT USE. We’ll also be creating a complementary thematic area on the BetterEvaluation website to gather this information and associated resources in a more permanent and accessible manner. We see this as a work in progress – new guidance and resources are being developed rapidly as the evaluation community comes together to support one another in this global crisis.

  10. Starting out on Social Return on Investment (SROI)


    This guide, created by Social Value UK (formerly SROI Network) in collaboration with Hall Aitken, is aimed at providing guidance to those who have never used SROI on where to begin. The guide provides practical steps to beginning the process of SROI and includes links to tools aimed at supporting its implementation.