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  1. Influencing Human Behaviour: Solutions for public policy

    Event
    Workshop
    23rd February, 2017 to 24th February, 2017
    Australia
    Paid

    BehaviourWorks Australia team Dr Liam Smith and Mark Boulet will give participants the opportunity to apply new knowledge, skills and tools to their current projects and programs. 

  2. OPM's approach to assessing value for money

    Resource
    Guide
    2018

    A clear and well-informed guide to evaluating value for money which addresses important issues including the limitations of using indicators epsecially for complex interventions, and the need to address unintended impacts and complicated causal contribution.

  3. Learning to Adapt: A Guide to Real-Time Evaluation and Adaptive Management

    Event
    Course
    1st March, 2019
    Online
    Paid

    This course brings together the two exciting areas of Real-Time Evaluation (RTE) and Adaptive Management (AM), which combine to offer huge potential for the M&E practitioner, particularly in complex and uncertain environments. Whether evaluating Humanitarian Assistance or Development projects and programmes, there is a need to learn quickly. What exactly is an RTE/AM approach and how can it help in unstable or conflict affected situations? Do M&E practitioners need to ditch their standard approaches in jumping on this latest bandwagon? What can you do if there is no counterfactual or dataset? This course addresses these questions and more. It lets you see how individuals and organisations can respond to provide real-time insights to steer programmes and projects. It takes a strategic approach discussing entry points, design and effective engagement, whilst also offering practical tips and methodologies.

  4. Outcome monitoring and learning in large multi-stakeholder research programmes: lessons from the PRISE consortium

    Resource
    Discussion paper
    2019

    This discussion paper outlines the key lessons to emerge from designing and applying an outcome monitoring system to the Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid Economies (PRISE) project - a five-year, multi-country, multi-project and multi-partner research consortium that generated new knowledge about how economic development in semi-arid regions could be made more equitable and resilient to climate change. The aim of this system was to continuously capture, analyse and understand changes in stakeholder behaviour and actions around the research activities and results, and how these changes can ultimately lead to sustained shifts in policy and practice. 

  5. Complexity evaluation framework: Recognising complexity & key considerations for complexity-appropriate evaluation in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

    Resource
    Example
    2020

    Defra (the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) commissioned CECAN (the Centre for Evaluation Complexity Across the Nexus) to deliver a Complexity Evaluation Framework (CEF). The primary purpose of this framework is to equip Defra commissioners of evaluation (which may include analysts and policy makers), with a checklist of core considerations to ensure that evaluations are robust and sufficiently consider the implications of complexity theory. The framework is intended to increase the use and usability of evaluation for both commissioned and internally-led evaluation across the department. The final output is intended to be an actionable complexity evaluation framework, accompanied by a supporting evidence report to be used as a resource in commissioning evaluation.

  6. The Hidden Life of Theories of Change

    Resource
    Discussion paper
    2020

    One common criticism of Theory of Change is that it is often used as a framework that fixes agreements rather than as a living, guiding tool that helps reflection and adaptation. However, formally agreed Theories of Change and realities on the ground can be very different. This policy brief explores this, and looks at the interactions between formally agreed Theories of Change and actual advocacy practice, within the context of a multi-country advocacy programme.

  7. How evaluation embraces and enriches adaptation: A UFE approach

    Blog
    18th July, 2017
    In this guest blog, Sonal Zaveri (with input from the DECI team) discusses why a Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE) approach is a natural fit for adaptive management, supporting reflection and course correction
  8. An Overview of Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptive Management (Working Paper #1)

    Resource
    Discussion paper
    2020

    This paper is the first in the BetterEvaluation Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptive Management working paper series. While focused especially on international development, this paper is relevant to wider areas of public good activity, especially in a time of global pandemic, uncertainty and an increasing need for adaptive management.

  9. What is adaptive management and how does it work? (Working Paper #2)

    Resource
    Discussion paper
    2020

    This is the second paper in the BetterEvaluation Working Paper Series, Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptive Management. It explores the history, various definitions and forms of adaptive management, including Doing Development Differently (DDD), Thinking Working Politically (TWP), Problem-Driven Iterative Adaption (PDIA), and Collaboration, Learning and Adaption (CLA). It also explores what is needed for adaptive management to work.

  10. How does the commissioning process hinder the uptake of complexity-appropriate evaluation?

    Resource
    Discussion paper
    2020

    Drawing on interviews with 19 UK evaluation commissioners and contractors, this paper investigates the role of evaluation commissioning in hindering the take-up of complexity-appropriate evaluation methods and explores ways of improving this.

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