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FANTA: Sampling Guide (with 2012 Addendum)

Authors: Robert Magnini (1999) and Diane Stukel & Megan Deitchler (2012) (for FANTA)
Publication date: Sampling Guide (1999) and Addendum (2012)

These materials provide sampling guidance for baseline and final performance evaluation surveys in the context of USAID Food for Peace Title II development food assistance programs. The guide provides methods and instructions for developing the design of a population-based household survey and provides information on how to randomly select samples of communities, households, and/or individuals for such surveys. It emphasizes the use of probability sampling methods, which are essential to ensure that the survey represents the target population. In the addendum, an updated approach for sample size calculation is provided, which will result in a household sample size that is more likely to achieve the required sample size of children for child-level indicators.

The path: scaling up. The goal: broad impact. Corporate strategy evaluation on scaling up and broad impact.

Author: Vahlhaus, M. (for GIZ)
Publication date: 2014

This report of the GIZ Monitoring and Evaluation Unit discusses corporate strategy evaluation and focuses on how broad impact can be achieved through scaling up. Special attention is paid to GIZ' multilevel approach. 

Guidelines on designing a gender-sensitive results-based monitoring system

Authors: Vahlhaus, M. & Prey, J. (for GIZ)
Publication date: 2014

These practical guidelines are intended to help all those who work on results-based monitoring (RBM). Its focus is on the specific challenges of integrating the topic of gender equality. Consequently, these guidelines are complementary to GIZ’s guidelines on designing and using results-based monitoring systems (RBM-systems).

UNICEF Impact Evaluation Series: Building Blocks of Impact Evaluation

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Impact evaluation provides information about the impacts produced by an intervention. It can be undertaken of a programme or a policy, or upstream work – such as capacity building, policy advocacy and support for an enabling environment. This goes beyond looking only at goals and objectives to also examine unintended impacts.

This video summarizes the different elements of impact evaluation and options for planning and managing its various stages.

UNICEF Impact Evaluation Series: Data Collection & Analysis

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Impact evaluations need to go beyond assessing the size of the effects (i.e., the average impact) to identify for whom and in what ways a programme or policy has been successful. This video provides an overview of the issues involved in choosing and using data collection and analysis methods for impact evaluations. 

What methods may be used in impact evaluations of humanitarian assistance?

Authors: Puri, J. et alii.
Publication date: 2014

This paper explores the methodological options and challenges associated with collecting and generating high-quality evidence needed to answer important questions on the impact of humanitarian assistance.

Realist impact evaluation: an introduction

Author: Westhorp, G.
Publication date: 2014

This introduction aims to explain realist impact evaluation for those unfamiliar with its principles. It describes five key ideas which frame realism and their implications for impact evaluation. It explains when a realist impact evaluation may be most appropriate and outlines how to design and conduct an impact evaluation based on a realist approach.

Monitoring & evaluation for climate change adaptation and resilience: A synthesis of tools, frameworks and approaches - 2nd edition

Authors: Bours, D., McGinn, C. & Pringle, P.
Publication date: 2014

The second edition of this report comes at a critical moment. Climate change threatens to reverse progress towards sustainable development and threatens lives and livelihoods around the globe. Climate change adaptation interventions need to be embedded in an analysis of a threat unprecedented in human history, but deliver change at the household level as well.

IPAL: Learning with Constituents. A guide to identifying, documenting and analyzing evidence of impact (planned or unplanned), and learning from this in dialogue with constituents.

Author: IPAL - Keystone
Publication date:

This guide is addressed to organizations that are seeking guidance on how to engage with their constituents in order to better monitor and evaluate their efforts, learn with and from their constituents and continuously make improvements in the way they work. It is also addressed to monitoring and evaluation consultants and facilitators.

The guide lays out ideas for activities and processes for organizations to engage and learn with their constituents. It provides guidelines for the time and resources required for each activity.