UNICEF Impact Evaluation Series: Building Blocks of Impact Evaluation


Impact evaluation provides information about the impacts produced by an intervention. It can be undertaken of a programme or a policy, or upstream work – such as capacity building, policy advocacy and support for an enabling environment. This goes beyond looking only at goals and objectives to also examine unintended impacts.

This video summarizes the different elements of impact evaluation and options for planning and managing its various stages.

UNICEF Impact Evaluation Series: Strategies for Causal Attribution


One of the essential elements of an impact evaluation is that it not only measures or describes changes that have occurred but also seeks to understand the role of particular interventions in producing these changes. This process is known as causal attribution. 

UNICEF Impact Evaluation Series: Data Collection & Analysis


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. 

Contribution to Change: An approach to evaluating the role of intervention in disaster recovery

Authors: Few, R. et alii. (for Oxfam)
Publication date: 2013

The purpose of the Contribution to Change approach is to identify how important and effective interventions have been in promoting people’s recovery. It does so by assessing:

Evaluation Interest Group | Lessons for USAID Evaluation Officers with Jim Rugh

Evaluation Consultant Jim Rugh discusses the importance of developing a broad enough evaluation toolbox in order to choose the right tool for the questions asked. He also mentions the need to think critically about how impact evaluations are designed as well as how evaluation scopes of work are written.

CLEAR M&E Roundtable Series # 7 - Scaling-Up Social Programs

This roundtable was the seventh in a series of M&E roundtables organised by CLEAR South Asia. This roundtable was conducted by Dr. Richard Kohl, Founder and Principal, Center for Large Scale Social Change LLC, (CLSSC) whose mission is to support scaling up of high-impact innovations worldwide.

The first part of the roundtable featured a presentation on the scaling up framework, challenges to scaling up, and ways to address them. It covered:

AEA Webinar: Evaluation Jitters Part Two: Managing an Evaluation - Alice Willard

This webinar is part of a four-part series on monitoring and evaluation. Once an evaluation begins, the evaluation team needs a key organizational contact. This contact is often a junior staff person assigned to 'manage' the evaluation process. Rather than a technical or a senior manager, this contact's job can include helping smooth logistics (setting up meetings), providing routine communication to the organization's management about the progress of the evaluation, and also serving as the 'go to' for challenges and opportunities that come up during an evaluation.

AEA Webinar: Evaluation Jitters Part One: Planning for an Evaluation - Alice Willard

This webinar is part of a four-part series on monitoring and evaluation.One of the challenges with evaluations is that staff often think the work to prepare for an evaluation is completed with the basic scope of work. As a result, evaluators often arrive to conduct an evaluation and find that some basic data organization and prep work have not been done, adding stress, misunderstandings, and cost to the evaluation.

AEA Webinar: Monitoring & Evaluation Planning for Projects/Programs - Scott Chaplowe

This webinar is part of a four-part series on monitoring and evaluation. In this Coffee Break, Scott Chaplowe will provide concise guidance to develop and implement an M&E system for project planning, implementation, and evaluation. The webinar covers the key components of a M&E system that trace a logical train of thought from the project’s theory of change to the specific objectives needed for these changes, methods for measuring change, and protocols for collecting and analyzing data and information. 

Participatory Video for Research CASE STUDY - Himalayan Resource Management

The Natural Resource Management in the Mountain Regions of Asia Project aimed to identify the key research requirements for natural resource management to support existing policies for sustainable integrated mountain development in the Karakoram-Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.

InsightShare used Participatory Video techniques to enable local communities, NGO’s and grassroots organisations to communicate their views and ideas themselves, directly to scientists, senior policy-makers and donors.