Mixed Methods

InterAction Guidance Note 1 Webinar 1: Introduction to Impact Evaluation, with Patricia Rogers

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InterAction developed a four-part series of guidance notes and webinars on impact evaluation. The purpose of the series is to build the capacity of NGOs (and others) to demonstrate effectiveness by increasing their understanding of and ability to conduct high quality impact evaluation.

Each guidance note is accompanied by two webinars. In the first webinar, the authors present an overview of their note. In the second webinar, two organizations -present on their experiences with different aspects of impact evaluation.

3ie: Addressing attributions of cause and effect in small n impact evaluations: towards an integrated framework

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Author(s): White, H; Philips, D.

Publication Date: 2012 

In this working paper of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), White and Philips examine whether consensus can be created about impact evaluation approaches suitable for small n analysis. Adequate approaches do exist. However, explicit and systemic approaches to qualitative data collection and analysis need to be incorporated as part of any small n evaluation.

InterAction Guidance Note 1: Introduction to impact evaluation

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Author(s): Rogers, Patricia (for InterAction)

Publication Date: 2012 

This is the first guidance note in a four-part series of notes related to impact evaluation developed by InterAction, with financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation.

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Impact Evaluation and Measuring Results

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Author(s): Garbarino, S.; Holland, J. (for GDRSC)
Publication Date: 2009 

This GDRSC issue paper, commissioned by DFID, reviews the case for promoting and formalising qualitative and combined methods for impact evaluation and measuring results. It is part of a broader strategy amongst donors and country partners for tackling the evaluation gap.

Using mixed methods in monitoring and evaluation: Experiences from international development.

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Authors: Bamberger, M., Rao, V., & Woolcock, M. (for The World Bank)
Publication Date: 2010 

This World Bank paper provides an overview of the various ways in which mixing qualitative and quantitative methods could add value to monitoring and evaluating development projects. It examines among others how qualitative methods could address some of the limitations of randomized trials and other quantitative impact evaluation methods.

InterAction Guidance Note 3: Introduction to mixed methods in impact evaluation

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Author(s): M. Bamberger (for InterAction)

Publication date: 2012 

This is the third guidance note in a four-part series of notes related to impact evaluation developed by InterAction with financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation. This note clarifies the mixed methods impact evaluation approach and provides ample information on it’s added value, applications and management implications. Case studies illustrate the potential applications and benefits.  

Broadening the range of designs and methods for impact evaluations. Report of a study commissioned by DFID

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Author: Elliot Stern, Nicoletta Stame, John Mayne, Kim Forss, Rick Davies, Barbara Befani
Publication Date: 2012 

This is a study report dealing with difficult methodological and theoretical challenges faced by those who wish to evaluate the impacts of international development policies.