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Monitoring and evaluation of policy influence and advocacy

Author: Tsui, J., Hearn, S. &  and Young, J. 
Publication date: 2014

This ODI working paper explores current trends in monitoring and evaluating policy influence and advocacy; discusses different theories of how policy influence happens; and presents a number of options to monitor and evaluate different aspects of advocacy interventions. Case studies describe how some organisations have used these options in practice to understand their impact and improve their advocacy strategies.

Results management in norwegian development cooperation: A practical guide

Author: Norad
Publication date: 2008

Findings from Management Reviews of Norwegian development cooperation reveal a need and a demand for a practical introduction to the main concepts, principles and especially tools of results management. This short guide is an attempt to respond to that demand, the purpose being to increase staff’s knowledge of the main principles of results and risk management and what it means in practical terms throughout the various stages of programme management.

Impact-evaluation guidelines: Designing impact evaluations for agricultural projects

Authors: Winters, P., Salazar, L. & Maffioli, A. (for IDB)
Publication date: 2010

The purpose of this guideline is to provide suggestions on designing impact evaluations for agricultural projects, particularly projects that directly target farmers, and seek to improve agricultural production, productivity and profitability. Specific issues in evaluating agricultural projects are addressed, including the need to use production-based indicators and to carefully consider indirect or spillover effects that are common in agricultural projects.

The World Bank: The mystery of the vanishing benefits. Ms. Speedy Analist's introduction to evaluation

Author: Ravallion, M. (for the World Bank)
Publication date: 1999

This World Bank working paper provides an entertaining introduction to the concepts and methods of impact evaluation. The paper is written from the perspective of Ms. Speedy Analist, a fictional character, who trains the readers in how to assess the impact of a social program. Doing so, the paper explains impact evaluation methods, how to use data for impact evaluation, how to form and match comparison groups, sources of bias, and so on.

The World Bank: Handbook on Impact Evaluation: Quantitative Methods and Practices

Authors: Khandker, S.R.; Koolwal, G.B. & Samad, H.A. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This World Bank handbook provides, for policy and research audiences, a comprehensive overview of steps in designing and evaluating programs amid uncertain and potentially confounding conditions. It draws from a rapidly expanding and broadbased literature on program evaluation—from monitoring and evaluation approaches to experimental and nonexperimental econometric methods for designing and conducting impact evaluations. A diverse set of case studies is included as well.

How Feedback Loops Can Improve Aid (and Maybe Governance)

Author: Whittle, D. (for the Center for Global Development)
Publication Date: 2013

If private markets can produce the iPhone, why can’t aid organizations create and implement development initiatives that are equally innovative and sought after by people around the world? The key difference is feedback loops. Well-functioning private markets excel at providing consumers with a constantly improving stream of high-quality products and services. Why? Because consumers give companies constant feedback on what they like and what they don’t.

Utilization Focused Evaluation: A primer for evaluators

Authors: Ramirez, R. & Brodhead, D.
Publication date: 2013

Utilization Focused Evaluation (UFE) facilitates a learning process in which people in the real world apply evaluation findings and experiences to their work. The focus is on intended users. It is a guiding framework, rather than a methodology. This primer is for practitioner evaluators and project implementers who have heard of UFE and are keen to test-drive the approach.

The World Bank: Impact Evaluation Toolkit

The World Bank Impact Evaluation Toolkit helps practitioners design and implement impact evaluations, with a focus on Results-Based Financing in maternal and child health programs. The Toolkit consists of 1) guidelines for best practices and 2) tools to implement guideline recommendations such as:

The World Bank: Building Better Policies : The Nuts and Bolts of Monitoring and Evaluation Systems

Author(s): Lopez-Acevedo, GKrause, PMackay, K (for The World Bank)

Publication date: 2012

The focus of this World Bank publication is on government M&E systems: what they comprise, how they are built and managed, and how they can be used to improve government performance. This book endeavors to expand the frontiers of issues that have been researched and analyzed.