Key Terms (Glossaries)

Evaluation Glossary


The Evaluation Glossary App was developed by Kylie Hutchinson of Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. It combines over 600 terms related to evaluation, program planning, and research derived from various sources.

Video: Difference between an outcome and an output


Number 4 in outcomes theorist Dr Paul Duignan's Three Minute Outcomes video series. The distinction between an outcome and an output is important in many types of outcomes system.

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.

Evaluation Glossary Mobile App


This app, provided by Community Solutions, was designed to deal with the inconsistencies in monitoring and evaluation terminology between different funding agencies, sectors, etc. by providing quick and easy access to over 600 terms in evaluation and program planning along with their source and related terms. It is available for both iTunes and Android. A multi-lingual version might follow later. 

The World Bank: Impact Evaluation Glossary


This World Bank Glossary provides definitions of a broad range of impact evaluation terms.

Glossary of M&E Concepts and Terms


Author: Irene Guijt and Jim Woodhill 
Publication Date: 2002 

One of the more complete glossaries.