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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.

Creating an Analysis Plan

Author: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Publication date: 2013

The Creating an Analysis Plan training module is one of three modules that will provide you with the skills needed to analyze and interpret quantitative 1 noncommunicable disease (NCD) data. When you apply these quantitative analysis skills, you will turn data into information that can be used to make informed decisions on public health program and policy recommendations.

Patterns of progress on the MDGs and implications for target setting post-2015

Authors: Rodriguez Tacheuki, L., Samman, E. with Steer, L.
Publication date: 2015

To examine the true patterns of progress on the MDGs, this paper explores seven indicators – one representing each of the first seven MDGs. For all indicators but extreme poverty, we find that typically, progress is easiest to attain for countries that are relatively deprived (or further from the target), though there are important differences between indicators.

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. 

Impact assessment and the quest for the Holy Grail

Authors: Common Fund for Commodities, KIT
Publication date: 2014

This piece examines the prevailing thinking and trends in evaluation (specifically impact assessment), which is important for understanding how a contest of ideas has become something of a battleground in the quest for better evidence. It is particularly relevant for the many organisations, who desire methodological rigour in their evaluations and yet have to be realistic when it comes to evaluation budgets.

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.

Workshop Report: Framing Ethics in Impact Evaluation: Where Are We? Which Route Should We Take?

Authors: Barnett, C. & Munslow, T.
Publication date:
2014

The workshop set out to explore the landscape of ethical practice as it currently exists, with a particular focus on the concerns of practitioners presently involved in implementing impact evaluations. The workshop focused especially on exploring the potential for a broader ethics model, where ethical values and principles inform every part of the evaluation process – both within the evaluation itself, as well as in relation to society.