Evaluation Standards for Latin America and the Caribbean

The evaluation standards for Latin America and the Caribbean were developed by a task force of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Evaluation (ReLAC), with support by DEval’s Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) Project FOCEVAL.

Qualitative Chart Chooser

Visualizing qualitative data is difficult but definitely worth it. In her blog Stephanie Evergreen, together with associate Jennifer Lyons, have made several handy Qualitative Chart Choosers in an attempt to organize different ways to show qualitative data. 

Video: How to build a theory of change for an impact evaluation

A comprehensive theory of change is integral to designing a high quality and policy relevant impact evaluation. In this video, Professor Howard White uses the example of a school feeding programme to illustrate the steps involved in building a theory of change for an impact evaluation.

Understanding the organisational context for evidence-informed policy-making

Efforts to improve the use of evidence in government policy-making across the world have tended to focus on different groups and organisations. But while a good deal of work has been done to improve the supply of evidence from entities such as research centres and academia, less attention has been paid to improving demand for, and use of, evidence by government policy-makers.

This working paper describes the framework used by a team of ODI researchers and officials from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs to analyse how DEA’s internal structures and processes and the external policy environment in South Africa affect how its policy-makers source and use evidence.

A Great (and Free) Resource for SPSS Syntax: the Command Syntax Reference

This is the manual that explains all the SPSS Syntax commands.The great thing about it is now it’s available right in SPSS. When you click on help, instead of Search, choose Command Syntax Reference. It includes every possible option, explains when and how to use it, and what it means. It’s an extremely handy resource, comes free with SPSS, and you don’t have to spend hours searching the internet for an answer.

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Uganda Monitoring and Supervision Tool

The purpose of the tool is to enable the Ugandan Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) to assess the process and status of integration of food and nutrition security and early childhood development into community development programming at all levels.

The impact of school programmes on learning and school participation in low- and middle-income countries

This brief is based on the systematic review summary, The impact of school programmes on learning and school participation in low- and middle-income countries by Snilstveit et. al. The report summarises the findings of a 3ie systematic review of the impact of 216 education programmes in 52 low- and middle-income countries. It analysed the effectiveness of 21 different types of education programmes on children’s school enrolment, attendance, completion and learning outcomes.

Power to the people?: a replication study of a community-based monitoring programme in Uganda

In this replication study, Katherine Donato and Adrian Garcia Mosqueira re-examine the results of an influential 2009 study, Power to the people: evidence from a randomized field experiment on community-based monitoring in Uganda by Martina Björkman and Jakob Svensson. The replication study reinforces community-based monitoring programmes as a promising intervention that may positively influence both provider behaviour and health facility utilisation.

Making networks work for policy: evidence from agricultural technology adoption in Malawi

This report by Beaman et al. tests training diffusion partners chosen using a theory-based selection approach and whether it leads to greater adoption of new agricultural technologies in Malawi. The findings suggest that simply changing who is trained in a village on a technology on the basis of social network theory can increase the adoption of new technologies.

The impact of earned and windfall cash transfers on livelihoods and conservation in Sierra Leone

This study by Bulte et al. measures the impact of a cash transfer programme aimed at alleviating poverty and reducing pressure on the natural environment in Sierra Leone.