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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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

Contribution to Change: An approach to evaluating the role of intervention in disaster recovery

Authors: Few, R. et alii. (for Oxfam)
Publication date: 2013

The purpose of the Contribution to Change approach is to identify how important and effective interventions have been in promoting people’s recovery. It does so by assessing: