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  1. Evaluation Challenges


    Evaluation Challenges

    How do I evaluate a project/program/policy when the results will only be visible in the long term?

    How do I evaluate a project/program/policy when there is no baseline data?

    How do I evaluate a project/program/policy when there is no control group?

    How do I evaluate a project/program/policy?

  2. Developing an initial description


    Developing an Initial Description

    What is being evaluated?

    What is the program logic / program theory/ theory of change?

  3. Engaging People


    Engaging People

    Who needs to be involved in the evaluation?

    How do we select and manage an external evaluator or evaluation team?

    What are options for the evaluation team – internal, external or hybrid?

    Who will be part of the evaluation team?

  4. Framing the evaluation


    Framing the Evaluation

    What is the purpose of the evaluation (or evaluative process)?

    Who will make decisions about the evaluation, and how?

    Will the evaluation include lessons learned or recommendations?

    What to remember to cost?

    How will we develop high level evaluation questions?

    How will we clarify the values that will be used in the evaluation?

  5. Gathering or retrieving evidence, analysing and synthesising data


    Gathering or Retrieving Evidence, Analysing and Synthesising Data

    Which groups will I gather evidence from?

    How do I establish baseline data?

    How do I identify existing data that might be useful?

    How do I gather evidence about the activities of the project/program/policy?

    How do I gather evidence about the impacts?

    How do I gather evidence about the context?

    How do I establish baseline data?

    What options of analysis are most applicable – numeric, graphical, or analysing text?

  6. Understanding causes


    Understanding Causes

    How can we assess the counterfactual (what would have happened in the absence of the program)?

    How can we rule out alternative explanations?

    What are other integrated approaches to causal analysis?

  7. Sharing and Supporting Findings


    Sharing and Supporting Findings

    How can we identify the intended users of findings and those who will be influenced by the process of the evaluation(or evaluative process)?

    What are options for reporting?

  8. Requests for Challenges


    The BetterEvaluation Team has announced a Request for Challenges (RFC) in practical evaluation experiences in the areas of Capacity Development, Climate Change Adaptation, Network Initiatives and Agriculture. The chart below outlines the review process which aims at providing assistance to the challenge authors and the BetterEvaluation community, as well as generating new learning in applied evaluation practice.





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  10. 52 Weeks of BetterEvaluation


    During 2013 we're celebrating 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation. Each week we're featuring a particular method, option, task, tool, issue or event. There are links to resources, advice on choosing methods and using them well, and discussions of hot issues. 

    52 Weeks of 2014 has begun! Find them here.