Evaluating advocacy: an exploration of evidence and tools to understand what works and why

This working paper adds to the growing study and practice of advocacy evaluation by examining the challenges associated with evaluating advocacy initiatives. The authors identify factors associated with successful advocacy interventions that have been measured using rigorous impact evaluations.

Impact Evaluation of Development Interventions: A Practical Guide

This book offers guidance on the principles, methods, and practice of impact evaluation. It contains material for a range of audiences, from those who may use or manage impact evaluations to applied researchers.

NGO-IDEAs: Impact Toolbox

The NGO-IDEAs “Impact Toolbox” is to enable NGOs and grassroots organisations to monitor projects together with the so called target groups involved, in a manner that will enhance positive outcomes and impacts, and reduce negative ones.

The future of development evaluation in the age of big data

In this article Michael Bamberger, an Independent Evaluation Consultant who has been involved in development evaluation for 50 years, explores the future of development evaluation in the increasingly quantified world we live in. 

There are multiple sources of data that can be generated and analyzed in real-time. They can be synthesized to capture complex interactions among data streams and to identify previously unsuspected linkages among seemingly unrelated factors.

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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

Guidance to Evaluate SDGs with an equity-focused and gender-responsive lens

“Evaluating the Sustainable Development Goals with a “No one left behind” lens through equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluation” is a new publication that aims to support national evaluation systems on how to integrate equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluation to inform national reviews of SDGs.

Building the Evidence Base for Post Project Evaluation

This report to the Faster Forward Fund compares findings from eight end-of-project and subsequent post project evaluations. Given their rarity, there is little real evidence about project impact on long-term sustainability so this helps build the evidence. 

The CARE International Advocacy Handbook

Advocacy is integral to delivering CARE’s vision. This manual is a toolkit of approaches, techniques and additional resources to help CARE staff think about how to integrate advocacy into their work.

The Gender at Work Framework

Gender at Work has a holistic approach to social change. It links organizational change, changes in the “rules of the game”, and gender equality. This is based on an analysis of the role of social institutions or rules—both formal and informal—in maintaining and reproducing women's unequal position in society.

Powercube - Understanding power for social change

Powercube is a resource for understanding power relations in efforts to bring about social change. contains practical and conceptual materials to help us think about how to respond to power relations within organisations and in wider social and political spaces.

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