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How do we know if a program made a difference? A guide to statistical methods for program impact evaluation

Authors: Peter M. Lance,  David K. Guilkey, Aiko Hattori & Gustavo Angeles (for MEASURE Evaluation)
Publication date: 2014

There is a long-running, vigorous and evolving methodological debate about the appropriate or optimal way to evaluate the impact of a program. This manual strives not to convince readers of the merits of one particular alternative or another, but instead simply to present the various options in as approachable a fashion as possible and then let them decide for themselves where they stand. In other words, it strives to be impartial.

Indicators. A working aid

Author: Hunter, J. (for GIZ)
Publication date: 2014

This document serves as a guide that aids in selecting and formulating indicators.

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), a groundbreaking tool to measure the empowerment, agency and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector, has celebrated its second anniversary. The WEAI measures the empowerment, agency, and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector in an effort to identify ways to overcome those obstacles and constraints.

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.

Qualitative Research Methods: A data collector's field guide

Authors: Mack, N. et alii. (for Family Health International)
Publication date: 2005

This field guide is based on an approach to doing team-based, collaborative qualitative research that has repeatedly proven successful in research projects sponsored by Family Health International throughout the developing world. 

Tools for enhancing interdisciplinary communication

Authors: Winowiecki, L. et alii.
Publication date: 2011 (In Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, (7) 1)

A diverse group of postdoctoral research fellows aimed to bring together scientific, political, economic, demographic, geographic, ecological, and ethical perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. Communicating effectively across often disparate disciplines turned out to be their first challenge. This community essay chronicles that part of our journey. 

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.

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.