New Material

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This paper explores the nexus of data science and evaluation, probing the issues and challenges of incorporating big data into evaluation practice.
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This paper provides detailed guidance on using big data to fill data gaps in impact evaluations. Data gaps can arise due to the inaccessibility of target populations, inadequate aggregation of data, data collection lag times, and data being missing in some contexts, like pandemics, conflicts, and humanitarian emergency situations. The paper includes a number of specific examples and additional references. One issue to note when using the paper is that it uses the terms 'control group' and 'comparison group' inconsistently. The examples provided mostly refer to the use of comparison groups and quasi-experimental designs, not to randomly assigned control groups
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This webinar to launch the book Randomized Control Trials in the Field of Development: A Critical Perspective brings together five representatives of the books editors and authors for a discussion around some of the key ideas and contentious issues surrounding the use of RCTs in development.
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Quizlet is an online flashcard-generating platform, which can be used to quickly make a pack of data cards.
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We’re currently going through a global period of rapid change and adaption, due in large part to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives and work. As our world is changing, many individuals and organisations are finding that traditional evaluation methods are not meeting the needs of rapidly changing implementation or brand new interventions where interventions are being designed as they are implemented.

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Rapid Evaluation is an approach designed to quickly and systematically conduct an evaluation when time or resources are limited.