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Managing for Sustainable Development Impact

An Integrated Approach for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. The development landscape has changed significantly over the last few decades, becoming increasingly complex. Many of the issues we face today such as climate change, poverty and conflict, call for a new way of doing business. This guide shows leaders and development practitioners how to navigate this complexity and manage their initiatives/organizations successfully towards sustainable development impact.

The CARE International Advocacy Handbook

Advocacy is integral to delivering CARE’s vision. This manual is a toolkit of approaches, techniques and additional resources to help CARE staff think about how to integrate advocacy into their work.

The Gender at Work Framework

Gender at Work has a holistic approach to social change. It links organizational change, changes in the “rules of the game”, and gender equality. This is based on an analysis of the role of social institutions or rules—both formal and informal—in maintaining and reproducing women's unequal position in society.

Powercube - Understanding power for social change

Powercube is a resource for understanding power relations in efforts to bring about social change. Powercube.net contains practical and conceptual materials to help us think about how to respond to power relations within organisations and in wider social and political spaces.

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Transform Issue #10 – Gender-responsive evaluation

Transform Issue #10, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to gender-responsive evaluation, focusing on gender mainstreaming in the United Nations. This issue focuses on UN Women’s strategic partnerships. Partnerships are essential to our work but are often overlooked when we evaluate the results of our efforts. The skill sets, time and resources necessary to ensure truly effective strategic partnerships are often underestimated.

Guidelines for Innovation Platforms in Agricultural Research for Development

Innovation Platforms are fast becoming part of the mantra of agricultural research for development projects and programmes. Their basic tenet is that stakeholders depend on one another to achieve agricultural development outcomes, and hence need a space where they can learn, negotiate, and coordinate to overcome challenges and capture opportunities through a facilitated innovation process. This important publication provides a critical analysis of Innovation Platforms, their defining features, key functions, and what they can and – as importantly – cannot do.

Capacity development in evaluation & communication to maximize impact

The Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (CRECS) with uOttawa has developed and tested a capacity development approach that provides research partners with support in utilization-focused evaluation and research communication. Watch this short video for more information on it.

Theories of Change in a changing world

In 2016 the CDRA convened and facilitated a group of twelve practitioners for six sessions of a “Theories of Change Learning and Study Circle”. This paper uses the experience as an opportunity to draw questions and insights and to further explore and provide comment on the phenomenon of Theory of Change that has become quite fashionable in the development world, positing some insights into its value and use.

Realising the SDGs by reflecting on the way(s) we reason, plan and act

Systematically evaluating policies, programmes and strategies is an essential feature of ongoing follow-up and review processes for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. But although it may be shocking to say, evaluation on its own is not enough. If follow-up and review frameworks and mechanisms are to address challenges, gaps and successes, they must be grounded in evaluative thinking.

Engagement and partnerships for the better world we want

This is an exacutive summary of the Third EvalPartners Global Forum. The forum was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, on April 26-28, 2017. The Forum theme was “Transforming our world through evaluation: engagement and partnership for the better world we want”. The Forum brought together 153 participants from 51 countries.