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Impact assessment and the quest for the Holy Grail

Authors: Common Fund for Commodities, KIT
Publication date: 2014

This piece examines the prevailing thinking and trends in evaluation (specifically impact assessment), which is important for understanding how a contest of ideas has become something of a battleground in the quest for better evidence. It is particularly relevant for the many organisations, who desire methodological rigour in their evaluations and yet have to be realistic when it comes to evaluation budgets.

What methods may be used in impact evaluations of humanitarian assistance?

Authors: Puri, J. et alii.
Publication date: 2014

This paper explores the methodological options and challenges associated with collecting and generating high-quality evidence needed to answer important questions on the impact of humanitarian assistance.

Assessing Impact in Dynamic and Complex Environments: Systemic Action Research and Participatory Systemic Inquiry

Author: Burns, D.
Publication date: 2014

This Centre for Development Impact Practice Paper explores the implications of complexity and systems thinking for understanding how change happens. This in turn has significant implications for impact assessment. The paper shows how a Systemic Action Research methodology can be employed for assessing impact in complex and highly dynamic environments.

Designing a Mixed-Method Impact Evaluation for a Mobile Phone Application for Nutrition Service Delivery in Indonesia

Authors: Barnett, I. et alii.
Publication date: 2014

In this mixed-methods impact evaluation case study, IDS researchers and World Vision assessed the impact of mobile phone application on growth-monitoring activities and the quality of nutrition counselling in Indonesia. This report presents the evaluation design and documents the process of choosing and developing an appropriate evaluation approach within the given contextual setting. 

A Guide for Developing a Logical Framework

Author: Centre for International Development and Training 

The Logical Framework is a tool to help strengthen project design, implementation and evaluation. This guide helps to develop and use a Logical Framework.

Qualitative Research Methods: A data collector's field guide

Authors: Mack, N. et alii. (for Family Health International)
Publication date: 2005

This field guide is based on an approach to doing team-based, collaborative qualitative research that has repeatedly proven successful in research projects sponsored by Family Health International throughout the developing world. 

Tools for enhancing interdisciplinary communication

Authors: Winowiecki, L. et alii.
Publication date: 2011 (In Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, (7) 1)

A diverse group of postdoctoral research fellows aimed to bring together scientific, political, economic, demographic, geographic, ecological, and ethical perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. Communicating effectively across often disparate disciplines turned out to be their first challenge. This community essay chronicles that part of our journey. 

Workshop Report: Framing Ethics in Impact Evaluation: Where Are We? Which Route Should We Take?

Authors: Barnett, C. & Munslow, T.
Publication date:
2014

The workshop set out to explore the landscape of ethical practice as it currently exists, with a particular focus on the concerns of practitioners presently involved in implementing impact evaluations. The workshop focused especially on exploring the potential for a broader ethics model, where ethical values and principles inform every part of the evaluation process – both within the evaluation itself, as well as in relation to society.

Good Evaluation Questions: A Checklist to Help Focus Your Evaluation

Authors: Wilce, M. & Gill, S. (for CDC)
Publication date: 2014

The Good Evaluation Questions Checklist is a tool to help ensure that the evaluation questions we create will be useful, relevant, and feasible. In keeping with the new accountability standard, it also provides a format for documenting our decisions when selecting evaluation questions.