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Making Evaluations Matter: A Practical Guide for Evaluators

Author(s):  Cecile Kusters with Simone van Vugt, Seerp Wigboldus, Bob Williams and Jim Woodhill

Publication Date:  2011

This guide attempts to provide an overall framework with guiding principles for conducting an evaluation. The guide draws heavily on the experiences of the Centre for Development Innovation

The Alignment, Interest and Influence Matrix

The Alignment, Interest and Influence Matrix (AIIM) is a tool that not only helps to identify the main stakeholders, but also suggests a possible course of action towards them. The tool was developed as part of the RAPID outcome mapping approach. This approach helps to develop strategies that involve a number of intervention types. At the core of the approach is the identification of the intervention's audience.  

Net-Map Toolbox

Net-Map is an interview-based mapping tool that helps people understand, visualize, discuss, and improve situations in which many different actors influence outcomes.

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Stakeholder Analysis Matrix Template

This template can be used to identify the stakeholders for a project, including their level of influence, which issues are important to them and how they will be engaged.

Stakeholder power analysis

Stakeholders are the people who matter to a system. Stakeholder power analysis is a tool which helps understanding of how people affect policies and institutions, and how policies and institutions affect people. It is particularly useful in identifying the winners and losers and in highlighting the challenges that need to be faced to change behaviour, develop capabilities and tackle inequalities.

Social Network Analysis: An Introduction

This short article gives an introduction to Social network analysis [SNA].

SNA is the mapping and measuring of relationships and flows between people, groups, organizations, computers, URLs, and other connected information/knowledge entities.

Power Analysis: A Practical Guide

This guide, published by Sida, offers practical advice and resources for those wanting to bring an understanding of power into development cooperation, whether in the stages of analysing context, developing strategy, designing a programme, selecting partners or delivering results.

Tools for Analysing Power in Multi-stakeholder Processes

This toolbox is a collection of existing tools which are offered to participants of the Power in MSP learning trajectory.

The Partnering Toolbook

The Partnering Toolbook offers a concise overview of the essential elements that make for effective partnering.

Supernatural Belief and the Evaluation of Faith-based Peacebuilding

This briefing paper explains how Outcome Harvesting, as a utilization-focused approach that is complexity-sensitive, participatory and qualitative, could be used to evaluate faith-based reconciliation.