Stories of Change

This paper provides a brief introduction to stories of change as a tool for communicating progress and the value of a given project in an interesting and accessible way. It has been developed as part of the Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH) however the lessons can be translated to a wide range of programmes.

Landscape Approaches: A State-of-the-Art Review

A new publication on landscape approaches. 

social-ecological networks, conservation and development, sense of place, landscape governance, T-shaped interdisciplinary model, boundary concept

Transform Issue #10 – Gender-responsive evaluation

Transform Issue #10, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to gender-responsive evaluation, focusing on gender mainstreaming in the United Nations. This issue focuses on UN Women’s strategic partnerships. Partnerships are essential to our work but are often overlooked when we evaluate the results of our efforts. The skill sets, time and resources necessary to ensure truly effective strategic partnerships are often underestimated.

Theories of Change in a changing world

In 2016 the CDRA convened and facilitated a group of twelve practitioners for six sessions of a “Theories of Change Learning and Study Circle”. This paper uses the experience as an opportunity to draw questions and insights and to further explore and provide comment on the phenomenon of Theory of Change that has become quite fashionable in the development world, positing some insights into its value and use.

Realising the SDGs by reflecting on the way(s) we reason, plan and act

Systematically evaluating policies, programmes and strategies is an essential feature of ongoing follow-up and review processes for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. But although it may be shocking to say, evaluation on its own is not enough. If follow-up and review frameworks and mechanisms are to address challenges, gaps and successes, they must be grounded in evaluative thinking.

The 2030 Agenda and evaluation: opportunities and challenges for parliamentarians

This briefing discusses parliamentarians’ efforts to build national evaluation capacity and use evaluation effectively. Such tasks are not without challenges, but these, we argue, can be reframed as opportunities.

Value for money in ActionAid: Creating an alternative

ActionAid committed to understanding how the concept of Value for Money (VfM) might be used in a human rights based organization that works to empower the most vulnerable and excluded, in particular women, in very remote areas. Through its VfM Pilot Project, ActionAid developed an alternative approach to VfM, building on practice, learning-by-doing with ActionAid frontline staff, partner staff and the women and men it works with on the ground.

A ‘How To’ Guide to Measuring Women’s Empowerment

Empowering women and supporting gender equality are the stated aims of many development projects; this is an area of focus that is also expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Different understandings and definitions of ‘empowerment’ abound and the contested nature of the concept makes it challenging both to define and to measure, with the added complexity that different measurement approaches can themselves serve to strengthen or undermine empowerment.

Thinking Evaluatively in Peacebuilding Design Implementation and Monitoring

This Guide provides tools and guidance for integrating greater EVALUATIVE THINKING into design, implementation and monitoring of PEACEBUILDING initiatives, to enhance program quality, ensure that they maximize their potential for impact and are prepared for a formal evaluation when it is necessary.

Stakeholder power analysis

Stakeholders are the people who matter to a system. Stakeholder power analysis is a tool which helps understanding of how people affect policies and institutions, and how policies and institutions affect people. It is particularly useful in identifying the winners and losers and in highlighting the challenges that need to be faced to change behaviour, develop capabilities and tackle inequalities.