M&E Methods & Tools

Uganda Monitoring and Supervision Tool

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The purpose of the tool is to enable the Ugandan Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) to assess the process and status of integration of food and nutrition security and early childhood development into community development programming at all levels.

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.

Global mental health policy influence toolkit

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Mental health affects one in four people globally. Yet it does not receive due policy-influence. This toolkit aims to support researchers and project teams to maximise their policy-influence.

Mapping village variability in Afghanistan: The use of cluster analysis to construct village typologies

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Authors: Adam Pain and Georgina Sturge 

Publication date: May 18, 2015

This working paper investigates whether or not village typologies can be constructed with respect to the behaviour of village elites in Afghanistan.

Blog: Read India - When ‘Scale’ Met ‘System’

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This post is about how Sukhpreet Sekhon and his team set up a measurement system for a large scale education initiative that stretched across 15 states in India reaching half a million children.

Retrospective ‘Outcome Harvesting’: Generating robust insights about a global voluntary environmental network

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Authors: Kornelia Rassmann, Richard Smith, John Mauremootoo, Ricardo Wilson-Grau

Publication date: April 2013

Development interventions are increasingly implemented in the form of international, voluntary networks. However, such networks of institutional and/or individual members pose challenges for evaluation professionals. They are dynamic systems with complex organisational forms and have open, often loose and non-hierarchical membership structures. Furthermore, their diverse institutional mandates and fluctuating authorities and responsibilities flow from and around autonomous members. Thus, accountability for what has been achieved by whom is diffuse and participatory planning, implementation and monitoring, as well as evaluation is as necessary as it is difficult.

Outcome Harvesting

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Authors: Ricardo Wilson-Grau and Heather Britt

Publication date: May 2012

Outcome Harvesting was developed by Ricardo Wilson-Grau with colleagues Barbara Klugman, Claudia Fontes, David Wilson-Sánchez, Fe Briones Garcia, Gabriela Sánchez, Goele Scheers, Heather Britt, Jennifer Vincent, Julie Lafreniere, Juliette Majot, Marcie Mersky, Martha Nuñez, Mary Jane Real, Natalia Ortiz, and Wolfgang Richert. Over the past 8 years, Outcome Harvesting and has been used to monitor and evaluate the achievements of hundreds of networks, non-governmental organizations, research centers, think tanks, and communitybased organizations around the world. This brief is intended to introduce the concepts and approach used in Outcome Harvesting to grant makers, managers, and evaluators, with the hope that it may inspire them to learn more about the method and apply it to appropriate contexts.

Lifting the lid on the household: A new way to measure individual deprivation

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Authors: Scott Wisor, Joanne Crawford, Sharon Besselland Janet Hunt

Publication date: 23 April 2015

Most experts now agree that monetary poverty measurement should be complemented by multidimensional measurements. The individual, not the household, should be the unit of analysis. Poverty measurement should reflect the views and priorities of poor people. And in so far as possible, measurement should provide meaningful comparisons across contexts and over time. Enter the Individual Deprivation Measure.

Program evaluation and spillover effects

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AuthorsAngelucci, M.; Di Maro, Vincenzo.

Published: 2015.

This paper is a practical guide for researchers and practitioners who want to understand spillover effects in program evaluation. The paper defines spillover effects and discusses why it is important to measure them.