Use measures, indicators or metrics
As part of an evaluation, it is often important to either develop or use existing indicators or measures of implementation and/or results.
Using an existing indicator or measure can have the advantage of producing robust data which can be compared to other studies, as long as it is appropriate.
Considerable work has been done to develop measures and indicators that can be used for the outcomes of development projects.
The terms “measure”, “metric” and indicator” are often used interchangeably and their definitions vary across different documents and organisations. Hence, it is always useful to check what these terms mean in specific contexts.
Terms that are commonly associated with measurements include:
- A target is the value of an indicator expected to be achieved at a specified point in time. Often a benchmark is used to mean the same thing.
- An index is a set of related indicators which intend to provide a means for meaningful and systematic comparisons of performance across programmes that are similar in content and/or have the same goals and objectives.
- A standard is a set of related indicators, benchmarks or indices which provide socially meaningful information regarding performance.
Education and Training
- Worldwide Governance Indicators
Reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for over 200 countries and territories over the period 1996–2020. (World Bank)
- The Ibrahim Index
Provides a framework and tools that were developed in order to assess the delivery of public goods and services in Africa. (Mo Ibrahim Foundation)
- Data.Gov Open data
Allows users to interactively access and compare data for governance issues from around the world.
- IADB: Numbers for development
Explore a snapshot of key development indicators for a country related to its macroeconomic profile, global integration, and social outlook. (IADB)
- Multidimensional Poverty Index
Aims to capture the multiple aspects that constitute poverty. (Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative)
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