52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 10: Having a theory in the theory of change

Patricia Rogers's picture 8th March 2013 by Patricia Rogers

There is increasing recognition that a theory of change can be useful when planning an evaluation. A theory of change is an explanation of how activities are understood to contribute to a series of outcomes and impacts. It might be called a program theory, an intervention logic, an outcomes hierarchy, or something else. It is usually represented in a diagram called a logic model, which can take various forms.

BetterEvaluation at the Evaluation Conclave in Kathmandu this week

Patricia Rogers's picture 25th February 2013 by Patricia Rogers

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.

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

Tiina Pasanen's picture 25th February 2013 by Tiina Pasanen

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.

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 8: Using Social Network Analysis for M&E

Cris Sette's picture 20th February 2013 by Cris Sette

Most of the work done in development is done in collaboration, in partnership with individuals or organizations who contribute to a particular task or project we are working on. These collaborations are sometimes very straight forward, but sometimes they are quite complex, and involve many links and relationships.

With that in mind, I would like to share an approach I am working on,  Social Network Analysis (SNA). We are using SNA to study research networks, its characteristics and how the network contributes to better research outcomes.

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 6: Facilitating evaluation decisions

Patricia Rogers's picture 4th February 2013 by Patricia Rogers

There are many decisions to be made in an evaluation – its purpose and scope; the key evaluation questions; how different values will be negotiated; what should be the research design and methods for data collection and analysis; how information will be shared; what recommendations should be developed and how. 

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 5: Info overload - how to navigate the maze of methods and approaches

Simon Hearn's picture 29th January 2013 by Simon Hearn

As part of developing the BetterEvaluation site, we ran an "Evaluation Challenge" process, inviting people to submit their biggest challenges in evaluation, and then inviting experts to suggest ways to address these.

This week we present the first challenge, one that is frequently heard from people when they first start learning about the field of evaluation: