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Exploding the myth of incompatibility between accountability and learningThis chapter from Capacity Development in Practice (archived
Coding part 1: Alan Bryman's 4 stages of qualitative analysisIn this web video, Graham R Gibbs provides an overview of qualitative analysis based on Alan Bryman's four stages of analysis.
Rethinking monitoring for collective learning in rural resource managementDrawing on the author's experience in rural resource management in Brazil this paper discusses the common misconceptions, potential and processes involved in Participatory Monitory and Evaluation (PM&E)
Annual planning and review processesThis webpage, from the Queensland Department of Education, provides an overview of the annual review process.
Advancing evaluation practices in philanthropyThis series of papers was published as a sponsored supplement of the Stanford Social Innovation Review for the Aspen Institut
Contemporary thinking about causation in evaluationThis 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’ methodThis document explains the idea behind the 'Five Whys' option.
Lessons learned using online survey softwareThis blog post from Susan Kristler provides on overview of the various strengths and weaknesses of using online survey software.
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 stuffIn this blog post, Barry Hurd proposes and answers a number of questions on the use of social media dashboard tools.
Process tracing in case study researchThis 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.
A move to more systematic and transparent approaches in qualitative evidence synthesisThis article form Qualitative Research provides an analysis and review of papers systematic and transparent approaches to qualitative evidence synthesis form 2005 - 2008.
Review of the use of ‘Theory of Change’ in international developmentThis report from the UK Government's Department for International Development (DfID) reviews the use of theory of change in the international development field in order to learn and further broaden its
Understanding ‘Theory of Change’ in international development: a review of existing knowledgeThis paper from the Asia Foundation and The Justice and Security Research Programme
DFID's approach to impact evaluationIn this interview Development Impact talks with Nick York, Head of Evaluation and Gail Marzetti, Deputy Head, Research and Evidence Division from the UK Government's Department for International Development (DfID) to discuss their approach
Addressing attribution of cause and effect in small n impact evaluations: Towards an integrated frameworkThis paper from the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) analyses the various approaches that are available for small n impact evaluations.
Introducing systematic reviewsThis is Chapter 1 of the book An Introduction to Systematic Reviews.
Bridging the gap The role of monitoring and evaluation in...Monitoring and evaluation has a strategic role to play in informing policy making processes. This document.
Interview with Dr Howard White from 3ie on Impact EvaluationThis resource is a video of an interview with Dr Howard White, Executive Director of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie).
Not everything that connects is a networkThis background note from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) provides a detailed discussion of networks, including a broad definition and a description of their purpose and use.
10 years of Outcome MappingThis webinar from the Outcome Mapping Learning Community (OMLC) presents the key findings from research conducted into the extent of Outcome Mapping use and the support required for its implementa
From policies to results: Developing capacities for country monitoring and evaluation systemsThis book from UNICEF provides a range of articles that demonstrate building capacity and best practice in the development of country led monitoring and evaluation systems.
Country-led monitoring and evaluation systems: Better evidence, better policies, better development resultsThis book from UNICEF provides a number of chapters considering why country-led monitoring and evaluation systems are important and some best practice examples of how they have been used.
New Trends in Development EvaluationThis working paper from UNICEF aims to review the latest trends in evaluation in order to develop a new strategy for improving evaluation function.
Two-way accountability: improving ethical evaluation practice in indigenous contextsThis presentation from Emma Williams at The Northern Institute of Charles Darwin University analyses the lack ethical guidelines for evaluation in Indigenous contexts and argues the
Causality: Models, Reasoning and InferenceThis book offers a comprehensive exposition of modern analysis of causation.
The art of focused conversationThis paper from the Yukon Public Service Commission provides an overview of the process of having focused conversations to support positive workplace exchanges.
Collaborative outcome reporting technique (CORT)This resource is a concise overview of the method developed by Dr Jess Dart, known as the Collaborative Outcome Reporting Technique (CORT). This method is characterized by two elements. They are:
African Monitoring and Evaluation SystemsThis publication is an analysis of six monitoring and evaluation (M&E) case studies from Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda.
Reading Michael Quinn PattonThis blog posted on the Capturing Development Website offers an inviting overview and discussion of Developmental Evaluation as presented in Michael Quinn Patton's (2011) book Dev
Developmental Evaluation: Perspectives from an Internal vs. External EvaluatorThis is a podcast that offers an overview of the Developmental Evaluation approach according to the perspectives of an internal and an external evaluator.
Developmental Evaluation in Practice: Lessons and Tips from an Evaluation of the Convergence PartnershipThis session was posted by Kari Cruz in the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Public Library.