UNICEF Impact Evaluation Series: Data Collection & Analysis


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. 

The State of Measurement Practice in the SGB Sector

Authors: Edens, G. & Lall, S.
Publication date: 2014

This report reviews the current state of measurement in two types of organizations that directly support small and growing businesses (SGBs) – impact investors and capacity development providers. Using a mixed-methods approach, the authors collected data and interviewed over 30 organizations across these two categories, and analyzed key trends in measurement practice. 

Learning about Theories of Change for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Research Uptake

Authors: Barnett, C. & Gregorowski, R. 
Publication date: September 2013

This IDS Practice Paper captures lessons from recent experiences on using 'theories of change' amongst organisations involved in the research-policy interface.

The World Bank: Impact Evaluation in Practice

Authors: Gerter, P.J. et alii. (for the World Bank)
Publication Date: 2011

The Impact Evaluation in Practice handbook  is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to impact evaluation for  policymakers and development practitioners. The book incorporates real-world examples to present practical guidelines for designing and implementing evaluations.

Theory of Change: A Practical Tool For Action, Results and Learning

Author: Organizational Research Services (ORS)
Publication Date: 2004 

This publication addresses the need of every community for a roadmap for change. One recommended approach is to develop an outcome map, a visual diagram that depicts relationships between initiative strategies and intended results. This map would illustrate destinations of progress and the routes to travel on the way to achieving progress.