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  1. C4D Hub: Check the results support causal attribution (strategy 2)

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    What is it?

  2. C4D Hub: Identify potential unintended results

    Development Theme

    What is it

  3. Using technologies for monitoring and evaluation in insecure settings

    Development Theme

    Operating in insecure environments is one of the more critical tests for humanitarian, development, and  peacebuilding organizations alike. Access constraints or even direct attacks make monitoring and evaluation extremely challenging. Technologies like mobile phones, radios, Internet platforms and GPS trackers promise new solutions for collecting vital data or tracking implementation of projects.

  4. Evaluation practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander settings

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    Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

    We are collecting examples of good practice in evaluation and are particularly seeking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander material that has been shared informally or is in the public domain but is not very visible. The aim is for those conducting or managing evaluations in these settings to learn from these examples to improve the benefit of evaluation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    The initial focus is on evaluation involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia. We have started to collect examples of good practice and aim to get many more from communities across Australia.

    With the term ‘evaluation’, we refer to discrete evaluations but also to comprehensive monitoring, evaluation and learning systems and to the broad range of evaluative evidence including needs assessment, monitoring, performance improvement, impact evaluation and evidence synthesis.
    Read more about this project.

    How do we identify examples of good practice?

    We used the ethical protocol to identify 'potential' examples of good practice. We then interviewed community members about the evaluation to obtain their perspective on it. When they scored it high on each ethical domain, the example is shared here (see map).

    See our ethical protocol See our code of conduct

    Key takeaways

    • Ethical practice is not optional.
    • Ethics are applied at each stage of an M&E-related activity.
    • Applying the ethical principles demonstrates rigour and is essential for achieving credibility within the evaluation process.
    • We use ‘good practice’ not ‘best practice’ because every example shared here reflects everyday realities and every practice needs to be adapted to a community’s particular characteristics and contexts.
    • We encourage you to use and adapt the Code of Conduct, the ethical protocol, and other resources developed for this project for your organisation.

    Explore good practice examples

    We are sharing some initial examples of good practice and aim to get many more from communities across Australia.


    A special thanks to this page's contributors

    Belinda Gibb & Sharon Babyack (Indigenous Community Volunteers), Donna Stephens (Menzies School of Health Research), Debbie Hoger & Carol Vale (Murawin Consulting), Kate Kelleher (Kate Kelleher Consulting), Greet Peersman (BetterEvaluation)

    We would like to acknowledge and thank Maria Stephens, an Arrabi/Binning woman who speaks the Iwaidja language. She generously provided her artwork for this page.

    We thank Nick Herft (UX Designer/developer) for page design and Alice Macfarlan (BE website manager) for content review and document formatting.

    Proudly supported by the Australian Government and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

  5. BetterMonitoring draft framework- September 2021

    Development Theme

    BetterEvaluation is working with UNICEF to try and improve our collective understanding and practice of the monitoring function. This is part of the Global Partnership for Better Monitoring. This initiative focuses on trying to elevate the monitoring function to make it more visible and to provide information about how to plan, conduct and use monitoring activities well.

  6. Evaluating the Performance of an Organisation

    Development Theme

    An organisational assessment is a systematic process for obtaining valid information about the performance of an organisation and the factors that affect performance.  It differs from other types of evaluations because the assessment focuses on the organisation as the primary unit of analysis. 

  7. 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).

  8. C4D Hub: Define ethical and quality evaluation standards for R,MandE

    Development Theme

    What is it?

  9. Evaluability Assessment

    Development Theme

    An assessment of the extent to which an intervention can be evaluated in a reliable and credible fashion.

  10. Feminist evaluation

    Feminist evaluation (FE) emphasizes participatory, empowering, and social justice agendas. While all evaluation approaches are laden with their own, often implicit, values, few assert their values as openly as feminist evaluation. Unlike most gender approaches, feminist evaluation does not provide a framework or advocate a precise approach; rather, feminist evaluation is often defined as a way of thinking about evaluation. (See, for example, Podems, 2014; Podems 2010; Beardsley & Hughes Miller, 2002; Hirsch & Keller, 1990; Hughes, 2002; McRobbie, 1982).