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Techniques of focal groups in chat rooms in the evaluation of virtual librariesThis is the abstract of a report (in Portuguese) which describes the use of chat rooms by focus groups in the evaluation of virtual libraries.
Evaluation methods for assessing value for moneyThis paper by Farida Fleming reviews different evaluation methods used for assessing Value for Money, compares their similarities and differences, and examines the questions each method is most suited to evaluating.
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Realistic evaluation bloodlinesThis article, written by Ray Pawson and Nick Tilley analyses six different social science inquiries from around the globe that use a variety of methods and strategies in order to draw conclusions about realistic evaluations.
Implementing the vision: addressing challenges to results-focused management and budgetingBurt Perrin's 2002 report to the OECD outlines common challenges in performance measurement and results-based management, and identifies potential solutions to these.
Realist impact evaluation: An introductionRealist impact evaluation is an approach to impact evaluation that emphasises the importance of context for programme outcomes.
The value iceberg: weighing the benefits of advocacy and campaigningBetterEvaluation Discussion Paper 1 is a thought piece written by Rhonda Schlangen and Jim Coe (independent consultants), members of the BetterEvaluation Community, and is intended to promote discussion.
What counts as good evidence?This paper, written by Sandra Nutley, Alison Powell and Huw Davies for the Alliance for Useful Evidence, discusses the risks of using a hierarchy of evidence and suggests an alternative
How Feedback Loops Can Improve Aid (and Maybe Governance)This paper, written by Dennis Whittle for the Center for Global Development, outlines a set of principles that can be used to support the development of feedback loops for international development progra
Closing the Citizen Feedback LoopThis article, written by Dennis Whittle and David Bonbright for Keystone Accountability, argues that collecting and responding to feedback is essential as it is not only the right thing t
Using case study in research - How to tell a 'good' storyIn this short paper, Lesley Greenaway, discusses the effective use of case studies in research to tell a 'good' story.
Understanding Variation in Treatment Effects in Education Impact Evaluations: An Overview of Quantitative MethodsThis report, written by Peter Z.
The Future of Aid: Building Knowledge CollectivelyThis paper, written by Ruth Levine and William Savedoff for the Center for Global Development, outlines how impact evaluations funded by aid agencies can promote good governance and accelerate progress in
Comparative Hypothesis Testing Via Process TracingThis article by by Ingo Rohlfing argues that the understanding of the doubly decisive test is misleading and that it lumps together the criteria of uniqueness and contradiction.Extract Abstract
Discussion Paper: Innovations in Monitoring and EvaluationThis 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 & opportunitiesThis white paper by UN Global Pulse examines the use of Big Data in development contexts.
Going Where the Money Is: Strategies for Taxing Economic Elites in Unequal DemocraciesThis paper by Tasha Fairfield asks how policymakers can get around obstacles that prevent taxing economic elites.
Beneficiary feedback in evaluationThe purpose of this paper, produced by the Department for International Development (DFID), is to analyse current practice of beneficiary feedback in evaluation and to stimulate further thinking and activity in this area.
Learning about Theories of Change for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Research UptakeThis practice paper from IDS captures lessons from recent experiences on using ‘theories of change’ amongst organisations involved in the research–policy interface.
Webinar: Challenges that Complexity Poses for Monitoring and Evaluation and Systemic Thinking as a Means to CopeThis webinar by Ricardo Wilson-Grau for the Systems and Peace: Emerging Frontiers Webinar Series, explores th
Emerging Opportunities: Monitoring and Evaluation in a Tech-Enabled WorldEmerging Opportunities: Monitoring and Evaluation in a Tech-Enabled World, a discussion paper written by Linda Raftree and Michael Bamberger under a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation to Itad, provides an overview of how the practice of
When the best is the enemy of the good: The Nature of Research Evidence Used in Systematic Reviews and GuidelinesThis paper, written by Marcel P. J .M.
A lot to lose: A call to rethink what constitutes "evidence" in finding social interventions that workThis paper, written by Katya Fels Smyth and Lisbeth B. Schorr, examines the use of experimental–design study as the standard for determining of invested dollars in programs are generating the desired results.
The advocacy iceberg - episode 1: the value icebergThe pilot episode of this new podcast by Jim Coe features an interview with Rhonda Schlangen, co author with Jim of The Value Iceberg, a BetterEvaluation Discussion Paper about how the important elements of advocacy tend t
Qualitative comparative analysis: A valuable approach to add to the evaluator’s ‘toolbox’? Lessons from recent applicationsBased on the lessons from three diverse applications of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), this Centre for Development Impact Practice Paper by Florian Schatz and Katharina Welle reflects on the potential of this approach for the impac
When and how to develop an impact-oriented monitoring and evaluation systemMany development programme staff have had the experience of commissioning an impact evaluation towards the end of a project or programme only to find that the monitoring system did not provide adequate data about implementation, context, ba
Clearing the fog: new tools for improving the credibility of impact claimsThis IIED Briefing Paper shows that the methods of process tracing and Bayesian updating can facilitate a dialogue between theory and evidence that allows for the assessing of the degree of confidence in ‘contribution claims’ i
Multi-stakeholder partnerships: Building blocks for successThis report provides an evidence-based assessment of the performance of multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development concluding that the overall performance of partnerships is mixed at best, and discussing factors that increas
Proving and Improving the Impact of Development Partnerships - 12 Good Practices for Results MeasurementThis report summarises 12 good practices of results measurement in development partnerships with the private sector, and includes a number of case studies and practical examples.
Working in Partnership: Evaluating our ability to influence and achieve better policy outcomesShort report from a seminar run by IOD PARC in 2005 on looking at partnerships that aim to reduce inequity and poverty.
Partnership Indicators: Measuring the effectiveness of multi-sector approaches to service provisionThis paper provides considerations for the creation of partnership indicators for tri-partite partnerships (private sector, public sector and civil society/NGOs) in water and sanitation provision for poor communities in developing countries
Feminist evaluation and gender approaches: There’s a difference?The purpose of this article is to provide readers with a historical overview and description of feminist evaluation and gender approaches.