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.

(Breaking) The Iron Triangle of Evaluation

Author: Reynolds, M.
Publication date: 2015

Ideas from complexity science and systems thinking are demonstrably helpful in a shift from exploring (systematic) linear net effects of an intervention towards exploring wider (systemic) effects occurring elsewhere.

But where these ideas of ‘impact’ are coupled with a narrow use of the contingency approach, some less helpful ‘triangulated’ relationships might be evident. These relationships might be regarded in terms of an ‘iron triangle’, a metaphor used frequently to exemplify pernicious relations of power.

Aiming for Utility in ‘Systems-based Evaluation’: A Research-based Framework for Practitioners

Author: Grove, J.T.
Publication date: 2015

System dynamics modelling (SDM) was used and process researched as a case to investigate its utility as a systems-based evaluation (SBE) approach. A system dynamics (SD) model1 was developed to evaluate the potential requirements and implications on the health systems of the ambitious antiretroviral therapy scale-up strategy in Lusaka, Zambia.

Research on SDM for strategic evaluation provided insights and principles for future application of SBE.

Systems Dynamics Modelling in Industrial Development Evaluation

Authors: Derwisch, S. & Löwe, P.
Publication date: 2015

The complexity of development processes makes it difficult to observe and interpret the impacts of policies. The authors demonstrate the use and benefits of system dynamics modelling (SDM) in impact evaluation of private sector development programmes.