• Revolutionary Google-backed system unlocks power of big data to save forests

    This blog post from Rhett A Butler for outlines the use of a new tool, Global Forest Watch, which uses big data to monitor global forests on a monthly basis.  Utilising Google’s computing cloud the tool is able to analyse NASA
  • Discussion Paper: Innovations in Monitoring and Evaluation

    This discussion paper produced by the United Nations Development Programme discusses various innovations that are occurring in M&E, and the advantages and disadvantages of these methods.
  • Big data for development: challenges & opportunities

    This white paper by UN Global Pulse examines the use of Big Data in development contexts.
  • Global innovations in measurement and evaluation

    This report by NPC highlights their research into the latest developments in theory and practice in measurement and evaluation. The authors found that new thinking, techniques, and technology are influencing and improving practice.
  • Gender equality and big data: Making gender data visible

    The report from UN Women, with support from UN Global Pulse, outlines the value of big data for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in relation to women.
  • Measuring results and impact in the age of big data

    This paper explores the nexus of data science and evaluation, probing the issues and challenges of incorporating big data into evaluation practice. This resource and the following information was contributed by Alice Macfarlan.
  • CEDIL Methods Brief - Using big data for impact evaluations

    This paper provides detailed guidance on using big data to fill data gaps in impact evaluations.
  • Big data and evaluation: Use and implications

    Big data is emerging as a new world currency.
  • What about administrative data?

    In this guest blog, Kerry McCarthy discusses some of the options for finding administrative data sets for use in evaluation.
  • Geospatial analysis in evaluation

    This blog from the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) highlights the role of geospatial data in understanding change in phenomena, and answering questions of relevance and effectiveness of development interventions.
  • Learning from data innovation

    This episode from the IEG podcast 'What have we learned' features Brenda Barbour and Jos Vaessen discussing the opportunities and challenges of using innovative technologies with evaluation data.
  • Big data

    Big data refers to data that are so large and complex that traditional methods of collection and analysis are not possible. 
  • 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.
  • Pathways to advance professionalisation within the context of the AES

    This report by Greet Peersman and Patricia Rogers for the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) identifies four potential pathways towards professionalisation within the context of the AES. These pathways are 
  • Pathways to professionalisation - Part 1: Professionalisation within the context of the AES

    In part 1 of this two-part blog series, greet Peersman and Patricia Rogers introduce the ‘Pathways to advance professionalisation within the context of the AES’ project and report.
  • Pathways to professionalisation - Part 2: Options for professionalisation

    In the previous blog in this series, greet Peersman and Patricia Rogers introduced the ‘Pathways to advance professionalisation within the context of the AES’ project and report.
  • 7 ways to strengthen your M&E capacity in 2020

    Strengthening evaluation capacity of individuals, organisations and systems continues to be a major focus for BetterEvaluation so in this blog we present 7 ways that might be useful when planning how to do evaluation better in 2020.
  • Expectation of ongoing competency development

    An expectation that members of an association or organisation will engage in ongoing competency development.
  • Public information about evaluation

    An important part of evaluation capacity strengthening is providing a clear definition or explanation of evaluation in online and printed materials.
  • Shaping international evaluation: A 30-year journey

    This book from Universalia Management Group presents major trends that have influenced international evaluation and provides an overview of the evolution of evaluation within specific sectors, such as th
  • IDRC strategic evaluation of capacity development: Doing things better?

    The paper from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) analyses whether the results from capacity building projects have supported the organisation to achieve its mission.
  • Learning to evaluate capacity development and collaborative learning

    Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) in Asia faces the challenge of assessing and documenting the role of capacity development in enhancing CBNRM outcomes.
  • Learning purposefully in capacity development (2008)

    This paper examines how monitoring and evaluation (M&E) does, or could, make a difference to Capacity Development (CD).
  • Monitoring and evaluating capacity development: Is it really that difficult?

    This paper from the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC) analyses some of the key concepts of capacity development particularly in regards to monitoring and evaluation.
  • Le suivi et l’évaluation des capacités et du renforcement des capacités

    L'étude se décline en une vingtaine d'études de terrain effectuées selon un cadre méthodologique comprenant les sept éléments suivants :
  • Key considerations for managing evaluations

    This guide from Pact South Africa is aimed at providing an overview of the key considerations that need to be assessed before and during the evaluation process.
  • Innovation histories: A method for learning from experience

    This brief from the Institutional Learning and Change Initiative (ILAC) outlines the purpose and the steps involved in creating an Institutional History.