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  1. From rigorous methods to rigorous processes – directions for travel after the RCT debate

    25th February, 2013

    It is neither relevant nor useful to either only criticise randomised control trials (RCT) or treat them as the only choice for rigorous impact evaluation (IE). We need to look for other approaches and methods that can contribute to causal inference and systematically link observed effects to causes as well as extend what we mean by rigorous IE.

  2. BetterEvaluation at the Evaluation Conclave in Kathmandu this week

    25th February, 2013

    We're excited to be joining evaluators from across the world, and particularly South Asia, for the Evaluation Conclave this week. The theme of the conference is "Evaluation for development" - and sessions will look at ways that of going from evaluation of development to evaluation that actively contributes to development through its findings and processes.

  3. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 9: Addressing complexity

    1st March, 2013

    [Blog post updated and extended 4 March 2013]

    There is increasing discussion about the potential relevance of ideas and methods for addressing complexity in evaluation. But what does this mean?  And is it the same as addressing complication?

  4. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 12: Having an adequate theory of change

    21st March, 2013

    Many evaluations use a theory of change approach, which identifies how activities are understood to contribute to a series of outcomes and impacts. These can help guide data collection, analysis and reporting. But what if the theory of change is has gaps, leaves out important things – or is just plain wrong?

  5. Virtually attend development impact evaluation conference 26-27 March

    25th March, 2013

    We’re delighted to be participating in this week’s conference - Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future - being held in conjunction with the launch of the Centre for Development Impact (CDI), a partnership between the Institute of Development Studies and ITAD.

  6. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 13: Evaluation on a shoestring

    27th March, 2013

    Many organisations are having to find ways of doing more for less – including doing evaluation with fewer resources. This can mean little money (or no money) to engage external expertise and a need to rely on resources internal to an organisation – specifically people who might also have less time to devote to evaluation.

  7. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 15: Evaluation conferences 2013

    12th April, 2013

    One of the most effective ways of learning about the evaluation field is to attend a conference, present your work and interact with other professionals.

    This is why, this week, we are providing you with a round up of evaluation conferences taking place this year. We already talked about the Evaluation Conclave which took place in Kathmandu in February but there are many more taking place across the world.

  8. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 18: Reading evaluation journals

    3rd May, 2013

    Evaluation journals play an important role in documenting, developing, and sharing theory and practice.

    In this week's post, we've highlighted evaluation journals that would be useful to add to your regular reading, or to refer to for specific searches.

  9. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 20: Defining what needs to be evaluated

    13th May, 2013

    Whether you are commissioning an evaluation, designing one or implementing one, having - and sharing - a very clear understanding of what is being evaluated is paramount. For complicated or complex interventions this isn't always as straight forward as it sounds, which is why BetterEvaluation offers specific guidance on options for doing this.

  10. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 21: Framing the evaluation

    24th May, 2013

    What’s one of the most common mistakes in planning an evaluation? Going straight to deciding data collection methods. Before you choose data collection methods, you need a good understanding of why the evaluation is being done. We refer to this as framing the evaluation.