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Results management in norwegian development cooperation: A practical guide

Author: Norad
Publication date: 2008

Findings from Management Reviews of Norwegian development cooperation reveal a need and a demand for a practical introduction to the main concepts, principles and especially tools of results management. This short guide is an attempt to respond to that demand, the purpose being to increase staff’s knowledge of the main principles of results and risk management and what it means in practical terms throughout the various stages of programme management.

Assessment of sustainability elements/key risk factors practical guide

Author: Norad
Publication date: 2010

The Practical Guide is a supportive document for carrying out screening of relevant sustainability elements/key risk factors. The Guide is designed to be of practical use when identifying, assessing and documenting the effects and risks of a programme, among these the cross cutting issues referred to in the various grant scheme rules.

Impact-evaluation guidelines: Designing impact evaluations for agricultural projects

Authors: Winters, P., Salazar, L. & Maffioli, A. (for IDB)
Publication date: 2010

The purpose of this guideline is to provide suggestions on designing impact evaluations for agricultural projects, particularly projects that directly target farmers, and seek to improve agricultural production, productivity and profitability. Specific issues in evaluating agricultural projects are addressed, including the need to use production-based indicators and to carefully consider indirect or spillover effects that are common in agricultural projects.

Key considerations for managing evaluations (Brief reference guide)

Authors: Sonko, R., Berhanu, A. &  Shamu, R. (for PACT South-Africa)
Publication date: 2011

The purpose of this guide is to provide ideas and suggestions on practical considerations and steps in ensuring that evaluations are commissioned and managed effectively. Many of the suggestions are based on practical experience by evaluation managers in the field.

Project/programme monitoring and evaluation (M&E) guide

Author: IFRC
Publication date: 2011

The purpose of this guide is to promote a common understanding and reliable practice of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for IFRC project/programmes. It is meant to be a desktop reference that supplements the more concise and field-friendly IFRC PMER (planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting) Pocket Guide. Therefore, this guide is not intended to be read from cover to cover; the reader can refer to specific topics for more detail when needed.

Guide to evaluating rural extension

Authors: Christoplos, I., Sandison, P. & Chipeta, S. (for GFRAS)
Publication date: 2012

The purpose of this guide is to support those involved in extension evaluation to choose how to conduct more comprehensive, rigorous, credible and useful evaluations. The Guide supports readers to understand different types of evaluation, to make decisions on what is most appropriate for their circumstances, and to access further sources of theoretical and practical information.

The World Bank Toolkit: Gender issues in monitoring and evaluation in agriculture

Author: The World Bank
Publication date: 2012

This toolkit has been developed to assist project task teams, borrowers, and partners to recognize and address gender concerns in designing rural development projects and to monitor and evaluate results, outcomes, and impact on achieving overall rural well-being. To further this, the Agriculture Action Plan 2013–2015 aims to include gender-related analysis in 100% of its projects and gender-related actions and M&E in 75% of its projects.

The World Bank: The mystery of the vanishing benefits. Ms. Speedy Analist's introduction to evaluation

Author: Ravallion, M. (for the World Bank)
Publication date: 1999

This World Bank working paper provides an entertaining introduction to the concepts and methods of impact evaluation. The paper is written from the perspective of Ms. Speedy Analist, a fictional character, who trains the readers in how to assess the impact of a social program. Doing so, the paper explains impact evaluation methods, how to use data for impact evaluation, how to form and match comparison groups, sources of bias, and so on.

An introduction to the use of randomised control trials to evaluate

Author: White, H.
Publication date: 2013, In: Journal of Development Effectiveness, Vol. 5, No. 1, 30–49

This article presents an introduction to Randomised control trials (RCTs). RCTs analyse what difference a programme makes through comparing those in the programme to a control group who do not receive it. Random assignment to the project and control groups overcomes selection bias which will otherwise occur from programme placement or self-selection.

 

The World Bank: Handbook on Impact Evaluation: Quantitative Methods and Practices

Authors: Khandker, S.R.; Koolwal, G.B. & Samad, H.A. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This World Bank handbook provides, for policy and research audiences, a comprehensive overview of steps in designing and evaluating programs amid uncertain and potentially confounding conditions. It draws from a rapidly expanding and broadbased literature on program evaluation—from monitoring and evaluation approaches to experimental and nonexperimental econometric methods for designing and conducting impact evaluations. A diverse set of case studies is included as well.