Organisational Learning

CDI-IDS: Improving the evaluability of INGO empowerment and accountability programmes

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Author(s): Shutt, C. & McGee, R. (for the Centre for Development Impact)

Publication year: 2013

This Centre for Development Impact (CDI-IDS) Practice Paper is based on an analysis of international NGO (INGO) evaluation practice in empowerment and accountability (E&A) programmes commissioned by CARE UK, Christian Aid, Plan UK and World Vision UK. It reviews evaluation debates and their implications for INGOs.

InterAction Guidance Note 4: Use of impact evaluation results

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Author(s): Bonbright, D. (for InterAction)

Publication Date: 2012 

This is the fourth guidance note related to impact evaluation developed by InterAction. This guidance note highlights three themes crucial for effective utilization of evaluation results. Themes one and two speak to the practical steps that enable use. The third theme considers the wider set of institutional incentives and rewards for using impact evaluation.

A guide to project M&E - Managing for Impact

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Authors: I. Guijt & J.Woodhill
Publication Date: 2000 

Collection of booklets focusing on project M&E and stakeholder engagement in M&E through understanding, learning and agreeing. Clear overview of background ideas and details on how to set up and implement an M&E system.

Enhancing ownership and sustainability. A resource book on participation. Part 2

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Author: IFAD, ANGOC & IIRR 
Publication Date: 2001
 
Participatory Processes

Outcome Mapping: Building Learning and Reflection into Development Programs

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Author: S. Earl, F. Carden & T. Smutylo 
Publication Date: 2001 

Methodology with 3 stages: Intentional Design, Outcome and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Planning

Crouching Impacts, Hidden Attribution: Overcoming threats to learning in development programs

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Author: Smutylo, Terry 
Publication Date: May 2001

"Development agencies seeking to assess the outcomes of their programs face challenges which are inherent to the very nature of the development process. Outcomes often occur a long way downstream and may not take the form anticipated. Outcomes depend on responsiveness to context specific factors, creating diversity across initiatives.

Influential Evaluations - Evaluations that improved performance and impacts of development programs

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Author: The World Bank 
Publication Date: 2004 

"OED study presents examples of 8 evaluations that had a significant impact. For many of them, it has been possible to compare their costs with the benefits which they provided, and to show that the evaluation was a highly cost-effective management tool."

Influential Evaluations: Detailed case studies

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Author: The World Bank 
Publication Date: 2005 

Companion volume to "Influential Evaluations: Evaluations that Improved Performance and Impacts of Development Programs". Discusses 8 case studies in depth. It presents key lessons about how to design evaluations which are influential.

Learning for Development: A literature review

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Author: Pasteur, Katherine 
Publication Date: 2004 

Organisational learning is increasingly being viewed as key to improving development performance and impact. However, there remains confusion around what the term means and how it translates into practice.This literature review aims to provide some insight in this area.

Learning for Change: Principles and practices of learning organisations

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Author: Bruce Britton
Publication Date: 2002 

This is an excellent document that provides a clear overview of what being a learning organization can entail for a development organization.