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Towards improved use of monitoring data

This study draws on lessons from Partos member organisations to identify factors that constrain the use of monitoring data by NGO's and look for ways to address these factors.

The 2030 Agenda and evaluation: opportunities and challenges for parliamentarians

This briefing discusses parliamentarians’ efforts to build national evaluation capacity and use evaluation effectively. Such tasks are not without challenges, but these, we argue, can be reframed as opportunities.

A Framework for Evaluating Behavior Change in International Development Operations

The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) has established three Strategic Engagement Areas (SEAs) around which it has organized its work program. One of those SEAs is Sustained Service Delivery for the Poor. This paper on behavior change constitutes one of two methodology papers (the other being on service delivery) that establish a new lens through which to understand the World Bank’s portfolio in IEG evaluations.

Evaluating Policy Influence and Advocacy

A useful article on evaluating policy influence and advocacy. Influencing and informing policy is the main aim for many development organisations. However, activities directed at policy change are, in general, very hard to monitor and evaluate.

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People First Impact Method: Facilitator’s Toolkit

This toolkit is a facilitator’s guide to enable participants to confidently facilitate P-FIM exercises independently. 

P-FIM adds significant value to agencies that endeavour to engage communities fully in their own development. It is complementary to existing participatory approaches and shares common conceptual origins. It is primarily a methodology for assessing and evaluating impact.

Consensus Building with Participatory Action Plan Development

This facilitator's guide is designed to:
• Assist consensus building among natural resource users
• Follow a six stage process for Participatory Action Plan Development
• Identify problems and constraints, and opportunities to address them

Value for money in ActionAid: Creating an alternative

ActionAid committed to understanding how the concept of Value for Money (VfM) might be used in a human rights based organization that works to empower the most vulnerable and excluded, in particular women, in very remote areas. Through its VfM Pilot Project, ActionAid developed an alternative approach to VfM, building on practice, learning-by-doing with ActionAid frontline staff, partner staff and the women and men it works with on the ground.

A ‘How To’ Guide to Measuring Women’s Empowerment

Empowering women and supporting gender equality are the stated aims of many development projects; this is an area of focus that is also expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Different understandings and definitions of ‘empowerment’ abound and the contested nature of the concept makes it challenging both to define and to measure, with the added complexity that different measurement approaches can themselves serve to strengthen or undermine empowerment.

Thinking Evaluatively in Peacebuilding Design Implementation and Monitoring

This Guide provides tools and guidance for integrating greater EVALUATIVE THINKING into design, implementation and monitoring of PEACEBUILDING initiatives, to enhance program quality, ensure that they maximize their potential for impact and are prepared for a formal evaluation when it is necessary.

UNEG Norms and Standards for Evaluation

The 2016 Norms and Standards document is intended for application to all United Nations evaluations. It is hoped that this may also provide a useful framework for the global evaluation community as a whole.