• 1: What is impact evaluation and when should you do it?

    The first in a series of lecture notes produced by the Poverty Action Lab and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this presentation introduces you to the 'whys' and 'hows' of impact evaluation and when it should be used.
  • Addressing attribution of cause and effect in small n impact evaluations: Towards an integrated framework

    This paper from the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) analyses the various approaches that are available for small n impact evaluations.
  • Introduction to mixed methods in impact evaluation

    This guide, written by Michael Bamberger for InterAction outlines the elements of a mixed methods approach with particular reference to how it can be used in an impact evaluation.
  • Realist impact evaluation: An introduction

    Realist impact evaluation is an approach to impact evaluation that emphasises the importance of context for programme outcomes.
  • NPC's approach to developing an impact measurement framework

    NPC's Four Pillars approach provides advice to charities and steps they should take to determine how to assess the difference they make. Contents Step one: Map your theory of change
  • Overview: Strategies for causal attribution

    This guide, written by Patricia Rogers for UNICEF, looks at the process of causal attribution with a particular emphasis on its use in impact evaluation.
  • Sinopsis: estrategias de atribución causal

    Uno de los aspectos esenciales de una evaluación de impacto es que no solo mide o describe cambios que han ocurrido, sino que también procura entender la función de determinadas intervenciones (es decir, programas o políticas) en la generac
  • Présentation des stratégies d'attribution causale

    L’un des éléments essentiels d’une évaluation d’impact est qu’il ne s’agit pas seulement de mesurer ou de décrire les changements survenus, mais également de comprendre le rôle joué par certaines interventions particulières (programmes ou p
  • Impact evaluation: A guide for commissioners and managers

    This guide, written by Elliot Stern, aims to support managers and commissioners in gaining a deeper and broader understanding of impact evaluation.
  • 3D Impact Analysis: A New Tool to Approach Impact Evaluations

    In this seminar, Rob D. van den Berg proposes an approach to ‘3D impact analysis’ which starts from the recognition that demand for impact evidence is wide ranging and should be analysed structurally before it can be met by evaluations.
  • Straws-in-the-wind, Hoops and Smoking Guns: What can Process Tracing Offer to Impact Evaluation?

    This discussion paper, written by Melanie Punton and Katharina Welle, looks at the potential use of Process Tracing in an impact evaluation context.
  • Evaluability assessment for impact evaluation

    This document provides an overview of the utility of and specific guidance and a tool for implementing an evaluability assessment before an impact evaluation is undertaken.
  • Choosing appropriate designs and methods for impact evaluation - Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

    The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has commissioned this report to explore the challenges and document a range of possible approaches for the impact evaluations that the department conducts.
  • Addressing gender in impact evaluation

    “Gender affects everyone, all of the time.
  • UNICEF webinar: Overview of impact evaluation

    We often talk about the importance of knowing the impact of our work, but how is impact measured in practice? What are the ten basic things about impact evaluation that a UNICEF officer should know?
  • UNICEF webinar: Overview of data collection and analysis methods in Impact Evaluation

    What is the value of using mixed methods in impact evaluation? What methods and designs are appropriate for answering descriptive, causal and evaluative questions?
  • UNICEF webinar: Theory of change

    What is a Theory of Change? How is it different from a logframe? Why is it such an important part of an impact evaluation?
  • UNICEF webinar: Randomized controlled trials

    What are the key features of an RCT? Are RCTs really the gold standard? What ethical and practical issues do I need to consider before deciding to do an RCT?
  • 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?
  • UNICEF Webinar: Quasi-experimental design and methods

    What is the main difference between quasi-experiments and RCTs? How can I measure impact when establishing a control group is not an option?
  • From Evidence to Action: The Story of Cash Transfers and Impact Evaluation in Sub-Saharan Africa

    This book presents a detailed overview of the impact evaluations of cash transfer programmes, carried out by the Transfer Project and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)'s From Protection to Production project.
  • 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.
  • I'm doing an impact evaluation: What evidence do I need? (#AES17 presentation slides)

    Are quantitative or qualitative methods better for undertaking impact evaluations? What about true experiments?
  • Impact Evaluation: Best Practices Aren’t (MQP rumination #4)

    Designating something a “best practice” is a marketing ploy, not a scientific conclusion. Calling something “best” is a political and ideological assertion dressed up in research-sounding terminology.
  • Impact evaluation: challenges to address

    In development, government and philanthropy, there is increasing recognition of the potential value of impact evaluation.
  • Impact evaluation: UNICEF's briefs and videos

    Nikola Balvin, Knowledge Management Specialist at the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, presents new resources on impact evaluation and discusses how they can be used to support managers who commission impact evaluations.
  • Developing a research agenda for impact evaluation

    Impact evaluation, like many areas of evaluation, is under-researched. Doing systematic research about evaluation takes considerable resources, and is often constrained by the availability of information about evaluation practice.  
  • Gender injustice and inequality: what helps in assessing impact?

    This week, EvalPartners will be launching EvalGender+, the global partnership for equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluations.
  • What do we mean by ‘impact’?

    International development is fixated with impact. But how do we know we’re all talking about the same thing?
  • The balancing act of research impact

    Over recent decades, governments everywhere have increased their scrutiny of public spending, and public universities have not escaped this scrutiny.
  • L’évaluation en contexte de développement

    Ce manuel est destiné aux personnes souhaitant s’initier à l’évaluation de programmes, en particulier en contexte de développement et de coopération internationale. À cet égard, tout en déroulant le fil d’une démarche évaluative classique, il présente…
  • Broadening the range of designs and methods for impact evaluations

    The working paper, written by Elliot Stern, Nicoletta Stame, John Mayne, Kim Forss, Rick Davies and Barbara Befani for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), describes how theory-based, case-based and participatory me