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IDS Bulletin: Introduction – Rethinking Impact Evaluation for Development

Author: Befani, B., Barnett, C. & Stern, E.
Publication date: 2014

This IDS Bulletin is the first of two special issues presenting contributions from the event ‘Impact Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future’, organised by IDS in March 2013. 

This introduction articulates first what these challenges are, and then goes on to summarise how the contributors propose to meet these challenges in terms of methodological and institutional innovation.

Eyes Wide Open: Learning as Strategy Under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty

Authors: Patrici, P. et alii.
Publication date: 2013, In: The Foundation Review 5 (3)

· Foundation strategy is hampered by a failure to recognize and engage with the complexity and uncertainty surrounding foundation work. This article identifies three common “traps” that hinder foundation capacity to learn and adapt: 1) linearity and certainty bias; 2) the autopilot effect; and 3) indicator blindness.

CDI-IDS: Tools and guidelines for improving the evaluability of INGO empowerment and accountability programmes

Author(s): Shutt, C. & McGee, R. (for the Centre for Development Impact)

Publication year: 2013

This Centre for Development Impact (CDI-IDS) Practice Paper Annex is the result of an analysis of INGO evaluation practice in empowerment and accountability (E&A) programmes commissioned by CARE UK, Christian Aid, Plan UK and World Vision UK.

CDI-IDS: Improving the evaluability of INGO empowerment and accountability programmes

Author(s): Shutt, C. & McGee, R. (for the Centre for Development Impact)

Publication year: 2013

This Centre for Development Impact (CDI-IDS) Practice Paper is based on an analysis of international NGO (INGO) evaluation practice in empowerment and accountability (E&A) programmes commissioned by CARE UK, Christian Aid, Plan UK and World Vision UK. It reviews evaluation debates and their implications for INGOs.