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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.

Evaluation Matters: Value for Money in Development

eVALUation Matters is a quarterly publication from Independent Development Evaluation at the African Development Bank Group. It provides different perspectives and insights on evaluation and development issues. This issue focuses on the concept of value for money in development work.

Understanding the organisational context for evidence-informed policy-making

Efforts to improve the use of evidence in government policy-making across the world have tended to focus on different groups and organisations. But while a good deal of work has been done to improve the supply of evidence from entities such as research centres and academia, less attention has been paid to improving demand for, and use of, evidence by government policy-makers.

This working paper describes the framework used by a team of ODI researchers and officials from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs to analyse how DEA’s internal structures and processes and the external policy environment in South Africa affect how its policy-makers source and use evidence.

Climate Finance and Public Finance Management

Author: Neil Bird

Publication date: June 2015

Much attention has been directed at the international commitments to assist developing countries respond to climate change. This is reflected in the debate over the commitments made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: at the UNFCCC negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009, developed countries committed to jointly mobilise $100 billion climate finance per year by 2020, from public, private and alternative sources, to address the needs of developing countries.

Mapping village variability in Afghanistan: The use of cluster analysis to construct village typologies

Authors: Adam Pain and Georgina Sturge 

Publication date: May 18, 2015

This working paper investigates whether or not village typologies can be constructed with respect to the behaviour of village elites in Afghanistan.

The growth of impact evaluation for international development: how much have we learned?

Authors: Drew B. Camerona , Anjini Mishrab & Annette N. Brown

Published: 28 April 2015.

This article examines the content of a web-based repository of published impact evaluations of international development interventions. To populate this repository, we conducted a systematic search and screening process. We find that of the 2259 studies published from 1981 to 2012, annual publication increased dramatically after 2008.

Program evaluation and spillover effects

AuthorsAngelucci, M.; Di Maro, Vincenzo.

Published: 2015.

This paper is a practical guide for researchers and practitioners who want to understand spillover effects in program evaluation. The paper defines spillover effects and discusses why it is important to measure them.