Capacity Development

Capacity development in evaluation & communication to maximize impact


The Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (CRECS) with uOttawa has developed and tested a capacity development approach that provides research partners with support in utilization-focused evaluation and research communication. Watch this short video for more information on it.

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.

How to make a Participatory Video: 10 key steps


This video was shot during the making of a participatory video in Telecho village, Ethiopia. It is meant to show in 10 easy steps the process used during this participatory video training. We trained 14 youth age 14- 16 that have no access to electricity and TV to hold a camera, speak on a microphone and do interviews, making their own film.

Participatory Video produced in the framework of the project: "Promotion of Collaborative Spatial Information Management and Communication in East and Southern Africa"

Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?


The Brussels Development Briefing n.40 on the subject of “Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?” was held in Brussels on 18th February 2015 at the ACP Secretariat.

Evidence Changes Lives: Realizing Evaluation’s Potential to Inform the Global Sustainable Development Goals


Publication date: March 2015

Evaluation will become more necessary for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. In this publication, in 2015 the International Year of Evaluation, we seek to demonstrate how evaluation makes a difference.

The need for institutional change in capacity development of tertiary agricultural education


Authors: Mundie Salm, Gerard Baltissen, Richard Hawkins, Jifke Sol, Ruud Ludemann, Anouka van Eerdewijk, Mariana Wongtschowski, Driek Enserink and Marlene Roefs.

Publication date: October 2014

The State of Measurement Practice in the SGB Sector


Authors: Edens, G. & Lall, S.
Publication date: 2014

This report reviews the current state of measurement in two types of organizations that directly support small and growing businesses (SGBs) – impact investors and capacity development providers. Using a mixed-methods approach, the authors collected data and interviewed over 30 organizations across these two categories, and analyzed key trends in measurement practice. 

The Value of Rubrics in Messy Non-Profit Evaluation Contexts


This powerpoint presentation by Kate McKegg at the American Evaluation Association Conference 2013 helps to understand how the use of rubrics in the non-profit sector can contribute to organizational learning, internal evaluation capacity and improved client outcomes. Examples are shared of real world use of different kinds of evaluation rubrics in non-profit contexts.

Key considerations for managing evaluations (Brief reference guide)


Authors: Sonko, R., Berhanu, A. &  Shamu, R. (for PACT South-Africa)
Publication date: 2011

The purpose of this guide is to provide ideas and suggestions on practical considerations and steps in ensuring that evaluations are commissioned and managed effectively. Many of the suggestions are based on practical experience by evaluation managers in the field.

Using evaluation for a change: Insights from humanitarian practitioners


Authors: Hallam, A. & Bonino, F.
Publication date: 2013

The main objective of this paper is to motivate and encourage humanitarian evaluators, by highlighting and discussing concrete ways to address the challenge of poor or ineffective use of evaluation.