• Interviews

    Interviews are conversations between an investigator (interviewer) and a respondent (‘interviewees’, ‘informants’ or ‘sources’) in which questions are asked in order to obtain information.
  • Transcribe

    Transcribe is a very useful tool if you need to transcribe a small amount of data and don't have access to some of the more professional, downloadable transcription software packages.
  • Week 34: Alternatives to transcribing interviews

    Being able to compare alternatives is essential when designing an evaluation.
  • In-depth interviews

    An in-depth interview is a type of interview with an individual that aims to collect detailed information beyond initial and surface-level answers.
  • Simple random sampling

    A simple random sample (SRS) is the most basic probabilistic option used for creating a sample from a population.
  • WISE: Web Interface for Statistics Education

    WISE's website organises a large amount of statistics resources available on the web into one central place.
  • Internet questionnaire

    An internet questionnaire allows the collection of data through an electronic set of questions that are posted on the web. 
  • Collecting data on sensitive issues

  • Polling booth

    Polling booth is a data collection methodology used to obtain sensitive information from participants.
  • Hierarchical card sorting

    Hierarchical card sorting (HCS) is a participatory card sorting method designed to provide insight into how people categorise and rank different phenomena.
  • Hierarchical card sorting: A tool for qualitative research

    This paper by Rick Davies from the Centre for Development Studies describes the use of hierarchical card sorting as a way to elicit the views of development sector staff to gain an understanding of their perceptions of the world around them
  • Expectation of ongoing competency development

    An expectation that members of an association or organisation will engage in ongoing competency development.
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) online guide offers a detailed and interactive introduction to the Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) process.Guidance is provided for the following:
  • The structure and function of complex networks

    The article provides an overview of types and characteristics of networks, as well as models for analyzing how complex networks function.
  • The Use of Social Network Analysis Tools in the Evaluation of Social Change Communications

    The article presents an introduction on social network analysis (SNA) and how it was used in M&E practices, in different fields. It also discuss limitations and opportunities of using SNA.
  • Monitoring the composition and evolution of the research networks of the CGIAR research program on roots, tubers and bananas (RTB)

    This Brief provides an example of how Social Network Analysis (SNA) can be used, in the context of agricultural research.
  • Understanding the Role of the World Bank Group in a Crowded Institutional Landscape [Network analysis example]

    In this example, the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG - part of the World Bank Group) have used a network analysis to gain a better understanding of the role of the World Bank Group's policy interventions in the health sector in Liberia in
  • 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 8: Using social network analysis for M&E

    Most of the work done in development is done in collaboration, in partnership with individuals or organizations who contribute to a particular task or project we are working on.
  • Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs): Learning from Africa, Americas, Asia, Australasia, Europe and Middle East

    This book is focused on case studies highlighting the experiences of regional and national VOPEs.
  • Case Study Research: Design and Methods

    This book from Robert K. Yin provides detailed guidance on case study research.  Outlining a clear definition of the case study method, the book also looks at design and analysis techniques that can be used in case study research.
  • Five misunderstandings about case-study research

    This article, written by Bent Flyvbjerg (Aalborg University, Denmark) examines five common misunderstandings about case-study research.
  • Case Study Research: Design and Methods (Applied Social Research Methods)

    This book focuses by Robert K. Yin on case study design and analysis as a distinct research tool with wide applicability.
  • Case studies in action

    This article by Dr. Bernadette Wright and Dr.
  • Using case study in research - How to tell a 'good' story

    In this short paper, Lesley Greenaway, discusses the effective use of case studies in research to tell a 'good' story.
  • Encyclopedia of Case Study Research: Analytic Generalization

    Written by Robert Yin, this entry gives a clear overview of analytic generalisation from case studies, where it is appropriate, and how to effectively apply it.
  • Case Study Research: Design and Methods

    Providing a complete portal to the world of case study research, the Fifth Edition of Robert K. Yin’s bestselling text offers comprehensive coverage of the design and use of the case study method as a valid research tool.
  • Qualitative research & evaluation methods: integrating theory and practice

    The fourth edition of Michael Quinn Patton's Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods Integrating Theory and Practice, published by Sage Publications, analyses and provides clear guidance and advice for using a range of differ
  • UNICEF webinar: Comparative case studies

    What does a non-experimental evaluation look like? How can we evaluate interventions implemented across multiple contexts, where constructing a control group is not feasible?
  • Public Impact Fundamentals and Observatory

    The Public Impact Fundamentals are a framework developed by the Centre for Public Impact to assess what makes a successful policy outcome and describe what can be done to maximise the chances of achieving public impact.
  • Successful public policy: Lessons from Australia and New Zealand

    This book is a collection of 20 examples of successful public policies in Australia and New Zealand. It aims to reset the agenda for teaching, research and dialogue on public policy performance.
  • Week 32: Better use of case studies in evaluation

    Case studies are often used in evaluations – but not always in ways that use their real potential.
  • Compasss: Comparative methods for systematic cross-case analysis

    COMPASSS (Comparative methods for systematic cross-case analysis) is a website that has been designed to develop the use of systematic comparative case analysis  as a research strategy by bringing together scholars and practitioners who sha