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Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

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Author: Valters, Craig
Publication date: August 2014

The Theory of Change approach is becoming a pervasive part of development practice: as an artefact, as a management tool, and increasingly as a common discourse which implementers use to explain and explore their interventions. In this blog post, Craig Valters introduces the 6 key findings of his research and paper.

Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

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Author: Valters, Craig
Publication date: August 2014

The Theory of Change approach is becoming a pervasive part of development practice: as an artefact, as a management tool, and increasingly as a common discourse which implementers use to explain and explore their interventions. In this blog post, Craig Valters introduces the 6 key findings of his research and paper.

Revitalising Evidence-based Policy for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030: Lessons from Existing International Science Partnerships

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Author: Elizabeth Carabine 

Publication date: April 23, 2015

The convergence of agreements on disaster risk reduction (DRR), development finance, sustainable development and climate change in 2015 presents a unique opportunity for coherence across these inter-related policy areas.

The growth of impact evaluation for international development: how much have we learned?

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Authors: Drew B. Camerona , Anjini Mishrab & Annette N. Brown

Published: 28 April 2015.

This article examines the content of a web-based repository of published impact evaluations of international development interventions. To populate this repository, we conducted a systematic search and screening process. We find that of the 2259 studies published from 1981 to 2012, annual publication increased dramatically after 2008.

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

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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

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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

Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

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Author: Craig Valters
Publication date: August 2014

The Theory of Change approach is becoming a pervasive part of development practice: as an artefact, as a management tool, and increasingly as a common discourse which implementers use to explain and explore their interventions. In this blog post, Craig Valters introduces the 6 key findings of his research and paper.

(Breaking) The Iron Triangle of Evaluation

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Author: Reynolds, M.
Publication date: 2015

Ideas from complexity science and systems thinking are demonstrably helpful in a shift from exploring (systematic) linear net effects of an intervention towards exploring wider (systemic) effects occurring elsewhere.

But where these ideas of ‘impact’ are coupled with a narrow use of the contingency approach, some less helpful ‘triangulated’ relationships might be evident. These relationships might be regarded in terms of an ‘iron triangle’, a metaphor used frequently to exemplify pernicious relations of power.

Aiming for Utility in ‘Systems-based Evaluation’: A Research-based Framework for Practitioners

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Author: Grove, J.T.
Publication date: 2015

System dynamics modelling (SDM) was used and process researched as a case to investigate its utility as a systems-based evaluation (SBE) approach. A system dynamics (SD) model1 was developed to evaluate the potential requirements and implications on the health systems of the ambitious antiretroviral therapy scale-up strategy in Lusaka, Zambia.

Research on SDM for strategic evaluation provided insights and principles for future application of SBE.

Systems Dynamics Modelling in Industrial Development Evaluation

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Authors: Derwisch, S. & Löwe, P.
Publication date: 2015

The complexity of development processes makes it difficult to observe and interpret the impacts of policies. The authors demonstrate the use and benefits of system dynamics modelling (SDM) in impact evaluation of private sector development programmes.