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52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 41: Recommended content from the BetterEvaluation community

Patricia Rogers's picture 15th October 2013 by Patricia Rogers

You'll find hundreds of evaluation resources on the BetterEvaluation site. Some have come from recommendations by stewards. Some have come from our writeshop project or design clinics.  And there are great resources that have been recommended by BetterEvaluation users. This week we are highlighting some of these user-recommended resources, how you can find the latest new material, and how you tell us your recommendations. 

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 29: Weighing the data for an overall evaluative judgement

Patricia Rogers's picture 19th July 2013 by Patricia Rogers

How do you balance the different dimensions of an evaluation?

Is a new school improvement program a success if it does a better job of teaching mathematics but a worse job of language?  Is it a success if it works better for most students but leads to a higher rate of school drop out?  What if the drop out rate has increased for the most disadvantaged?  And what about the costs of the program?  Is it a success if the program gets better results but costs more?

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 13: Evaluation on a shoestring

Patricia Rogers's picture 27th March 2013 by Patricia Rogers

Many organisations are having to find ways of doing more for less – including doing evaluation with fewer resources. This can mean little money (or no money) to engage external expertise and a need to rely on resources internal to an organisation – specifically people who might also have less time to devote to evaluation.

Virtually attend development impact evaluation conference 26-27 March

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

We’re delighted to be participating in this week’s conference - Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future - being held in conjunction with the launch of the Centre for Development Impact (CDI), a partnership between the Institute of Development Studies and ITAD.

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 12: Having an adequate theory of change

Patricia Rogers's picture 21st March 2013 by Patricia Rogers

Many evaluations use a theory of change approach, which identifies how activities are understood to contribute to a series of outcomes and impacts. These can help guide data collection, analysis and reporting. But what if the theory of change is has gaps, leaves out important things – or is just plain wrong?