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Dynamics of Rural Innovation - a primer for emerging professionals

Authors: Pyburn, R. & Woodhill, J. (eds.)
Publication date: 2014

Dynamics of Rural Innovation – a primer for emerging professionals is a co-publication of KIT and Wageningen University’s Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) that brings together the experiences of over 40 conceptual thinkers and development practitioners to articulate lessons on agricultural innovation processes and social learning.

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.

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.

Tool kit on gender equality results and indicators

Author: Hunt, J. (for ADB & Government of Australia)
Publication date: 2013

This tool kit aims to assist development practitioners to ensure that gender perspectives are incorporated into development initiatives, and to monitor and evaluate gender equality results. It presents a menu of gender equality outcomes, results, and indicators that may be selected or adapted by users.

Project/programme monitoring and evaluation (M&E) guide

Author: IFRC
Publication date: 2011

The purpose of this guide is to promote a common understanding and reliable practice of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for IFRC project/programmes. It is meant to be a desktop reference that supplements the more concise and field-friendly IFRC PMER (planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting) Pocket Guide. Therefore, this guide is not intended to be read from cover to cover; the reader can refer to specific topics for more detail when needed.

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.

An introduction to the use of randomised control trials to evaluate

Author: White, H.
Publication date: 2013, In: Journal of Development Effectiveness, Vol. 5, No. 1, 30–49

This article presents an introduction to Randomised control trials (RCTs). RCTs analyse what difference a programme makes through comparing those in the programme to a control group who do not receive it. Random assignment to the project and control groups overcomes selection bias which will otherwise occur from programme placement or self-selection.

 

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.