Social Analysis

Capturing Change in Women’s Realities: A Critical Overview of Current Monitoring & Evaluation Frameworks and Approaches


Authors:  Srilatha Batliwala and Alexandra Pittman

Publication date: December 2010

The process of institutionalising gender in policy and planning: the 'web' of institutionalisation


Author: Levy, C.
Publication date: 1996

This paper raises a critical question of concern: how to institutionalise or sustain change related to new perspectives in the practices of governments and other organisations involved in the development process. Doing so, it zooms in on the institutionalisation of a gender perspective in development policy, planning and practice.

Impact investing and beyond: mapping support to social enterprises in emerging markets


Authors: Whitley, S., Darko, E. & Howells, G.
Publication date: 2013

With support from the Shell Foundation, ODI undertook a study to see if it was both feasible and useful to compile data on the range of support to social enterprises in emerging markets.

The study revealed three main findings:

1.     it is possible to collect and present useful information on support to social enterprises in emerging markets,

World development report 2014: risk and opportunity - managing risk for development


The WDR 2014 argues that risk management can be a powerful instrument for development—not only by building people’s resilience and thus reducing the effects of adverse events but also by allowing them to take advantage of opportunities for improvement. This presentation at the UK launch of the report clarifies the importance, objectives and components of risk management, and what these imply for all societal levels, ranging from the individual to the international community.

The big picture: Impact evaluation of social sectors


The massive launch and implementation of major social sector programmes in India in the last decade currently raises questions about the impact of these programmes. In this video, several impact evaluation experts share their views on how impact evaluation can make a difference, the challenges they often encounter and how governments tend to respond to these evaluations.

ODI Old age, disability and mental health: data issues for a post-2015 framework


Authors: Samman, E. & Rodriguez-Takeuchi, L.K.

Publication Date: 2013

Inequalities associated with old age, disability and mental health issues did not feature in the MDGs. This ODI Background Note argues that these inequalities should be considered salient sources of group-based difference.

The Partnering Initiative


"The Resource Bank aims to provide material for greater understanding and analysis of the partnership paradigm. It contains the latest resources on cross-sector partnering, practice-based learning case studies, partnering tools and signposts."

Measures for success; assessing the impact of partnerships


Author: The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum 
Publication Date: 2001 

In this globally competitive market economy, where there is a heightened awareness of the development challenges facing individuals and institutions, we are also witnessing a growing questioning of the prevailing rules and regulations, coupled with calls for greater transparency, governance and accountability.

Social Analysis Systems - A Guide to Collaborative Inquiry and Social Engagement


Author: Jacgues Chevalier and Daniel Buckles
Publication Date: 2007

Very much worth exploring! 

Participatory Impact Assessment. A Guide for Practitioners


Authors: Andrew Catley, John Burns, Dawit Abebe, Omeno Suji 
Publication date: 
October 2008

The Feinstein International Center has been developing and adapting participatory approaches to measure the impact of livelihoods based interventions since the early nineties. Drawing upon this experience, this guide aims to provide practitioners with a broad framework for carrying out project level Participatory Impact Assessments (PIA) of livelihoods interventions in the humanitarian sector.