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Managing for Sustainable Development Impact

An Integrated Approach for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. The development landscape has changed significantly over the last few decades, becoming increasingly complex. Many of the issues we face today such as climate change, poverty and conflict, call for a new way of doing business. This guide shows leaders and development practitioners how to navigate this complexity and manage their initiatives/organizations successfully towards sustainable development impact.

The Partnering Toolbook

The Partnering Toolbook offers a concise overview of the essential elements that make for effective partnering.

Supernatural Belief and the Evaluation of Faith-based Peacebuilding

This briefing paper explains how Outcome Harvesting, as a utilization-focused approach that is complexity-sensitive, participatory and qualitative, could be used to evaluate faith-based reconciliation.

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.

International Aid and the Making of a Better World

Author: Eyben, R.
Publication date: 2014

How can international aid professionals manage to deal with the daily dilemmas of working for the wellbeing of people in countries other than their own? A scholar-activist and lifelong development practitioner seeks to answer that question in a book that provides a vivid and accessible insight into the world of aid – its people, ideas and values against the backdrop of a broader historical analysis of the contested ideals and politics of aid operations from the 1960s to the present day.

Empowering smallholder farmers in markets: Experiences with farmer-led research for advocacy

Authors: Ton, G. & Proctor, F.
Publication date: 2013

The Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Markets programme (ESFIM) creates a space for learning-by-doing on institutional modalities to bridge the gap between the research community and national farmer organisations on issues relating to smallholder market access.

This book describes the dynamics in eleven countries that were included in the programme between 2008 and 2013. Chapter 11 focuses on ESFIM’s impact on capacities for evidence-based advocacy.

Making Evaluations Matter: A Practical Guide for Evaluators

Author(s):  Cecile Kusters with Simone van Vugt, Seerp Wigboldus, Bob Williams and Jim Woodhill

Publication Date:  2011

This guide attempts to provide an overall framework with guiding principles for conducting an evaluation. The guide draws heavily on the experiences of the Centre for Development Innovation

Ethical Approaches to Gathering Information from Children and Adolescents in International Settings: Guidelines and Resources

Authors: K. Schenk, J. Williamson
Publication Date: August 2005

'This document aims to provide guidance through a maze of ethical issues that require consideration when working with young people. It is not a methodological handbook describing approaches to working with young people. Although methodological and ethical concerns may often overlap.'

Project Cycle Management Guidelines

Author: EuropeAid Cooperation Office
Publication Date: March 2004

The Guidelines aim to support good management practices and effective decision making throughout the project management cycle - from programming, through to identification, formulation, implementation and evaluation.

Systems concepts in evaluation. An expert anthology

Authors: Williams, B; Imam, I. (for the American Evaluation Association)
Publication Date: 2006 

In this monograph, different authors experts share their views on the use of system concepts in evaluation. The twelve chapters cover a variety of topics, ranging from the origins of systems thought to practical implications and tools. The monograph ends with some broader applications of systemic thought.