Impact Evaluation Series

An impact evaluation provides information about the impacts produced by an intervention. In development, government and philanthropy, there is increasing recognition of the potential value of impact evaluation and specific support to develop capacity for both commissioning and conducting impact evaluation, including the use of its findings. 

In partnership with the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), the RMIT University-based BetterEvaluation team worked with evaluation experts to develop a series of 13 methodological briefs on impact evaluation methods. The briefs were written by (in alphabetical order): E. Jane Davidson, Thomas de Hoop, Delwyn Goodrick, Irene Guijt, Bronwen McDonald, Greet Peersman, Patricia Rogers, Shagun Sabarwal, Howard White.

The series covers:

Overviews of impact evaluation and its key strategies/methods:

Brief 1. Overview of Impact Evaluation
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Brief 6. Overview: Strategies for Causal Attribution 
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Brief 10. Overview: Data Collection and Analysis Methods in Impact Evaluation 
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Essential building blocks of impact evaluation:

Brief 2. Theory of Change 

Brief 3. Evaluative Criteria

Brief 4. Evaluative Reasoning 

Brief 5. Participatory Approaches

Evaluation designs and specific data collection and analysis methods:

Brief 7. Randomized Controlled Trials

Brief 8. Quasi-experimental Designs and Methods 

Brief 9. Comparative Case Studies 

Brief 11. Developing and Selecting Measures of Child Well-Being 

Brief 12. Interviewing

Brief 13. Modelling

Webinar series

Throughout 2015, BetterEvaluation partnered with the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti to develop eight impact evaluation webinars for UNICEF staff. The objective was to provide an interactive capacity-building experience, customized to focus on UNICEF’s work and the unique circumstances of conducting impact evaluations of programs and policies in international development. The webinars were based on the Impact Evaluation Series – a user-friendly package of 13 methodological briefs and four animated videos – and presented by the briefs' authors. This page provides links not only to the eight webinars, but also to the practical questions and their answers which followed each webinar presentation. 

Webinars are available for the following topics:


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