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Program evaluation and spillover effects

AuthorsAngelucci, M.; Di Maro, Vincenzo.

Published: 2015.

This paper is a practical guide for researchers and practitioners who want to understand spillover effects in program evaluation. The paper defines spillover effects and discusses why it is important to measure them.

GIZ’s Results-Based Monitoring System Framework of reference.

Author: GIZ Monitoring and Evaluation Unit

This framework of reference sets out what we at GIZ mean when we talk about results-based monitoring. It describes the underlying concept of results-based monitoring and defines the criteria and principles.

The framework is designed to enhance the effectiveness of GIZ development measures by mainstreaming results-based monitoring in commission management.

It is aimed at all GIZ staff members, development advisors and integrated experts, and serves as information for partners, commissioning parties and clients.

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).

Most Significant Change presentations

Most Significant Change presentations by Jess Darts for ‘beginners’. She discusses among others it 's origin/development, basic process and rationale.

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: Strategies for Causal Attribution

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One of the essential elements of an impact evaluation is that it not only measures or describes changes that have occurred but also seeks to understand the role of particular interventions in producing these changes. This process is known as causal attribution. 

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.

Real-time Evaluations of Humanitarian Action - An ALNAP Guide

Authors: Cosgrave, J., Ramalingam, B. and Beck, T.
Publication date: 2009

This pilot guide is intended to help evaluation managers to commission and oversee, and team leaders to conduct, real-time evaluations (RTEs) of humanitarian operational responses. Drawing on a synthesis of existing good practices, it sets out a flexible approach that can be adapted to a variety of contexts.

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.