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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.

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. 

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.

Good Evaluation Questions: A Checklist to Help Focus Your Evaluation

Authors: Wilce, M. & Gill, S. (for CDC)
Publication date: 2014

The Good Evaluation Questions Checklist is a tool to help ensure that the evaluation questions we create will be useful, relevant, and feasible. In keeping with the new accountability standard, it also provides a format for documenting our decisions when selecting evaluation questions.

Tips for writing Impact Evaluation Grant Proposals

Author: McKenzie, D.
Publication date: 2012

Based on his experience reviewing impact evaluation grant proposals, the author shares nine tips in this blog post to write successful proposals. 

Twelve tips for selling randomised controlled trials to reluctant policymakers and programme managers

Author: White, H.
Publication date: 2014

As a sequel to his blog post about the potential pitfalls with randomised controlled trials (RCTs), the author shares twelve tips for selling RCTs to reluctant policymakers and programme managers.

Using Randomization in Development Economics Resarch: A Toolkit

Authors: Duflo, E., Glennerster, R. & Kremer, M. 
Publication date: 2006

This paper is a practical guide for researchers, students and practitioners wishing to introduce randomization as part of a research design in the field.