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.

The Impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

Authors: Gaventa, J. & McGee, R.
Publication date: 2013

This issue of Development Policy Review arises from a study of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives (TAIs) in different development sectors. It analyses existing evidence, discusses how approaches to learning about TAIs might be improved, and recommends how impact and effectiveness could be enhanced.

Budgeting in the real world: 2013 CAPE conference report

Author: Welham, B. (for ODI)
Publication date: 2014

​The 2013 CAPE Conference on ‘budgeting in the real world’ took place on the 13 and 14 of November in London and was broadcast live online.

The focus was on real-life issues facing budget managers, and their supporters, as they develop, execute and report on national expenditure plans.

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.

IPAL: Developing a theory of change. A guide to developing a theory of change as a framework for inclusive dialogue, learning and accountability for social impact.

Author: IPAL - Keystone
Publication date: 2009

This guide helps social purpose organizations to plan, monitor, evaluate and communicate their work in a way that makes practical sense of the complexity of social change processes and their measurement.

Oxfam: The Good Enough Guide

Author: Oxfam GB for The Emergency Capacity Building Project
Publication date: 2007

The ECB Project’s Good Enough Guide provides busy field workers with simple steps to put local people at the heart of emergency response, and measure program impact in emergency situations.

Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning in emergencies: A resource pack for simple and strong MEAL

Authors: Morel, D. & Hagens, C. (for Catholic Relief Services)
Publication date: 2012

This resource pack offers practical advice about how to implement a system for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) in emergencies. It provides:

  • standards for MEAL in emergencies;
  • an overview of informal and formal monitoring;
  • guidance on how to conduct monitoring and evaluation;
  • ways to use the results to improve programs; and
  • checklists, discussion guides, forms and other tools.

Guide to evaluating rural extension

Authors: Christoplos, I., Sandison, P. & Chipeta, S. (for GFRAS)
Publication date: 2012

The purpose of this guide is to support those involved in extension evaluation to choose how to conduct more comprehensive, rigorous, credible and useful evaluations. The Guide supports readers to understand different types of evaluation, to make decisions on what is most appropriate for their circumstances, and to access further sources of theoretical and practical information.

Improving impact: Do accountability mechanisms deliver results?

Author: Featherstone, A. (for Christian Aid, Save The Children & the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership)
Publication date: 2013

This research seeks to establish how accountability mechanisms between aid organisations and affected communities contribute to the quality and impact of the assistance provided. The findings of the research provide significant evidence of the link between accountability mechanisms and the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of project.