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  • Develop initial description

    Develop an initial description of what is to be evaluated, to ensure agreement about the boundaries.
    Rainbow Framework
  • Estimating the benefit incidence of an antipoverty program by propensity score matching

    This study uses propensity score matching to estimate the distribution of net income gains from an Argentinean workfare program.
  • Program planning and evaluation design logic

    This document from Flinders University Research Centre for Injury Studies outlines the concept of program logic in a series of steps designed as a management and accountability
  • Contemporary thinking about causation in evaluation

    This paper was produced following a discussion between Thomas Cook and Michael Scriven held at The Evaluation Center and Western Michigan University’s Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation program jointly hosted Evaluation Cafe´ event on cont
  • The ‘5-whys’ method

    This document explains the idea behind the 'Five Whys' option.
  • Guide to evaluating rural extension

    The Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) have developed this guide to evaluating rural extension with the aim to provide comprehensive support for people involved in extention evaluations
  • Guide to gender integration and analysis

    This guide from USAID is designed to support staff in the implementation of gender into program planning and design. 
  • UN Women

    This website from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, provides a wide variety of resopurces to support the implementation of gender equality around the globe.
  • Lessons learned using online survey software

    This blog post from Susan Kristler provides on overview of the various strengths and weaknesses of using online survey software.
  • Gantt charts: Planning and scheduling more complex projects

    This web page from Mind Tools provides a detailed guide, including examples, of how to use Gantt charts for project planning, monitoring and evaluation.  
  • Develop programme theory / theory of change

    Make explicit how activities are understood to contribute to the intended outcomes and impacts. Communicate this in a diagram(s) and/or narrative. (This is useful for most evaluations but not always needed, such as for evaluations of the quality of…
    Rainbow Framework
  • Making a gantt chart with excel

    This YouTube video provides a detailed tutorial on creating Gantt charts using Microsoft Excel.  
  • Okiko in pursuit of a snail: Child-led evaluation of the building skills for life programme in Kenya

    This report is the third in this series and presents a child-led evaluation of a multi-sectoral programme in Cambodia seeking to empower adolescent girls and address the challenges they face accessing quality education.
  • What is meta-analysis?

    This document explains the process and benefits of meta-analysis using the comparative analysis of different treatments as an example.
  • 40+ social media dashboard tools for tracking stuff

    In this blog post, Barry Hurd proposes and answers a number of questions on the use of social media dashboard tools.
  • What does monitoring your brand on social media channels really mean?

    This blog post from Beth Kanter describes the process of 'listening' to what people are saying about your brand through social media monitoring.
  • GovMetric

    GovMetric (formerly Public Service Monitor) is a website that monitors the internet to identify the topics that are being discussed and evaluating the information in order to provide a snapshot of the views presented.
  • How to develop evaluation questions

    This webpage from My M&E provides an overview of the steps required to develop effective evaluation questions.
  • Stakeholders’ interest in potential evaluation questions

    This worksheet from Chapter 5 of the Nation
  • Identify potential unintended results

    It is useful and ethical to consider possible negative impacts (that make things worse not better) and how they can be identified before an intervention (project, programme, or policy) is implemented and addressed in an evaluation or M&E System.
    Rainbow Framework
  • Who adopts improved fuels and cookstoves? A systematic review

    This resource is a detailed overview of study conducted by Lewis and Pattanayak (2012) on the systematic review of the literature surrounding the adoption of Improved Cook Stoves (ICS) or cleaner fuels by households in developing countries.
  • 8: Analyzing data

    This presentation, titled Analyzing Data talks about how to deal with “problems” of non-compliance, choosing what effects to report in your study, as well as achieving external validity and cost-effectiveness.
  • 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.
  • 3: How to randomize I

    This is the first of the presentations that explain the importance of knowing 'how to randomize' for the purpose of impact evaluation.
  • 2: Why Randomize?

    This in-depth presentation introduces you to the 'whys' and 'hows' of randomised assignment and randomised sampling for evaluation as well as when it should be used and potential pitfalls.
  • 4: How to randomize II

    This resource explains the importance of knowing 'how to randomize' for the purpose of impact evaluation.
  • 5: Measurement and outcomes

    This presentation explains a method for outcome measurement for the purpose of impact evaluation. This is the fifth in a series of lectures produced by the Poverty Action Lab and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • 6: Sample size and power calculations

    This presentation explores methods for identifying the right sample size for randomized evaluations so that results are defendable.
  • 7: Managing threats to evaluation and data analysis

    This presentation, titled Managing threats to evaluation and data analysis talks about potential problems that can arise while undertaking impact measurement and analysis.
  • Process tracing in case study research

    This resource examines some of the philosophy science issues related to process tracing, including the roles of causal effects and causal mechanisms in causal explanation and the logic of process tracing.
  • Identify primary intended users

    Clarify who will actually use the evaluation—not in vague, general terms (e.g. "decision makers") but in terms of specific identifiable people (e.g. the manager and staff of the programme; the steering committee; funders deciding whether to fund this…
    Rainbow Framework
  • Understanding process tracing

    This paper, from David Collier, outlines a new framework for carrying out process tracing in order to achieve greater systemisation of qualitative methods.