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  1. Develop initial description

    Task

    It is helpful to develop an initial description of the project, program or policy as part of beginning an evaluation. Checking this with different stakeholders can be a helpful way of beginning to identify where there are disagreements or gaps in what is known about it.

  2. Investigate possible alternative explanations

    Task

    All impact evaluations should include some attention to identifying and (if possible) ruling out alternative explanations for the impacts that have been observed.

  3. Synthesise data from a single evaluation

    Task

    To develop evaluative judgments, the evaluator draws data from the evaluation and systematically synthesises and values the data. There are a range of options that can be used for synthesis and valuing.

  4. Synthesise Data Across Evaluations

    Task

    These options answer questions about a type of intervention rather than about a single case – questions such as “Do these types of interventions work?” or “For whom, in what ways and under what circumstances do they work?” The task involves locating the evidence (often involving bibliographic searches of databases, with particular emphasis on finding unpublished studies), assessing its quality and relevance in order to decide whether or not to include it, extracting the relevant information, and synthesizing it.  Different options use different strategies and have different definitions of what constitutes credible evidence.

  5. Ensure accessibility

    Task

    Options

    General accessibility

    Specific accessibility barriers

     

  6. Probability Sampling

    Task

    How will you sample?

  7. Existing documents and data

    Task

    How will you collect and/ or retrieve data?

  8. Concept Mapping Resource Guide

    Resource
    Guide

    This page is the central resource guide for learning about structured conceptual mapping.  It includes links to general introductory materials, research and case studies illustrating the use of the option, and comprehensive information about the Concept System software including how to obtain and license it.

  9. Word Cloud Generator Guide

    Resource
    Guide
    2010

    This web page provides a clear and concise guide to using Word Cloud Generator.

  10. How to Make Bubble Charts

    Resource
    Guide

    This tutorial from Flowing Data, provides a detailed guide on creating bubble charts using the software provided.

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