Handbooks & Guidelines

Rapid Outcome Mapping Approach

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For the past decade, the RAPID team at ODI has been working with a wide range of organisations in a wide range of contexts to understand how to foster sustainable policy change. The result is ROMA – the RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach – which is the subject of this guide.

A Toolkit for Measuring Early Childhood Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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The primary purpose of this Toolkit is to provide a resource for researchers, evaluators, and program personnel from various disciplines interested in assessing early childhood development (ECD) in low- and middle-income countries—either for planning and evaluating interventions, monitoring development over time, or conducting a situation analysis. The Toolkit is intended to help produce reliable, actionable data on child development.

Human rights impact assessment guidance and toolbox

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The purpose of this Guidance and Toolbox is to provide those who are involved in conducting, commissioning, reviewing or monitoring Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA) of business projects and activities with guidance and practical tools; with the view to ensuring that such assessments apply a human rights-based approach and are consistent with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Guiding Principles).

Integrating Gender in the Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programs: A Toolkit

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Gender expectations have a significant impact on a person’s health, by shaping behaviors and beliefs related to risk and vulnerability, and on health-seeking behavior.

The assessment of whether programs achieve intermediate and long-term objectives related to gender norms and health status requires gender-relevant information.

Power Analysis: A Practical Guide

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This guide, published by Sida, offers practical advice and resources for those wanting to bring an understanding of power into development cooperation, whether in the stages of analysing context, developing strategy, designing a programme, selecting partners or delivering results.

Qualitative Chart Chooser

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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. 

Making Evaluations Matter: A Practical Guide for Evaluators

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Author(s):  Cecile Kusters with Simone van Vugt, Seerp Wigboldus, Bob Williams and Jim Woodhill

Publication Date:  2011

This guide attempts to provide an overall framework with guiding principles for conducting an evaluation. The guide draws heavily on the experiences of the Centre for Development Innovation

How do we know if a program made a difference? A guide to statistical methods for program impact evaluation

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Authors: Peter M. Lance,  David K. Guilkey, Aiko Hattori & Gustavo Angeles (for MEASURE Evaluation)
Publication date: 2014

There is a long-running, vigorous and evolving methodological debate about the appropriate or optimal way to evaluate the impact of a program. This manual strives not to convince readers of the merits of one particular alternative or another, but instead simply to present the various options in as approachable a fashion as possible and then let them decide for themselves where they stand. In other words, it strives to be impartial.

FANTA: Sampling Guide (with 2012 Addendum)

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Authors: Robert Magnini (1999) and Diane Stukel & Megan Deitchler (2012) (for FANTA)
Publication date: Sampling Guide (1999) and Addendum (2012)

These materials provide sampling guidance for baseline and final performance evaluation surveys in the context of USAID Food for Peace Title II development food assistance programs. The guide provides methods and instructions for developing the design of a population-based household survey and provides information on how to randomly select samples of communities, households, and/or individuals for such surveys. It emphasizes the use of probability sampling methods, which are essential to ensure that the survey represents the target population. In the addendum, an updated approach for sample size calculation is provided, which will result in a household sample size that is more likely to achieve the required sample size of children for child-level indicators.

FANTA: Anthropometric Indicators Measurement Guide

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Author: Bruce Cogill (for FANTA III)
Publication date: March 2003

This guide provides information on anthropometric impact indicators and annual monitoring indicators for maternal and child health/child survival and income-related activities. The guide focuses on the collection and reporting of indicators to improve program management and document program progress.