Participatory Approaches

Power to the people?: a replication study of a community-based monitoring programme in Uganda

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In this replication study, Katherine Donato and Adrian Garcia Mosqueira re-examine the results of an influential 2009 study, Power to the people: evidence from a randomized field experiment on community-based monitoring in Uganda by Martina Björkman and Jakob Svensson. The replication study reinforces community-based monitoring programmes as a promising intervention that may positively influence both provider behaviour and health facility utilisation.

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.

How to make a Participatory Video: 10 key steps

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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"

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.

Most Significant Change presentations

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Most Significant Change presentations by Jess Darts for ‘beginners’. She discusses among others it 's origin/development, basic process and rationale.

UNICEF Impact Evaluation Series

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Recognizing the importance of impact evaluation to UNICEF's work, the Office of Research - Innocenti has collaborated with  RMIT University, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), and BetterEvaluation to produce a series of metho

Qualitative Research Methods: A data collector's field guide

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Authors: Mack, N. et alii. (for Family Health International)
Publication date: 2005

This field guide is based on an approach to doing team-based, collaborative qualitative research that has repeatedly proven successful in research projects sponsored by Family Health International throughout the developing world. 

Tools for enhancing interdisciplinary communication

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Authors: Winowiecki, L. et alii.
Publication date: 2011 (In Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, (7) 1)

A diverse group of postdoctoral research fellows aimed to bring together scientific, political, economic, demographic, geographic, ecological, and ethical perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. Communicating effectively across often disparate disciplines turned out to be their first challenge. This community essay chronicles that part of our journey. 

Good Evaluation Questions: A Checklist to Help Focus Your Evaluation

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Authors: Wilce, M. & Gill, S. (for CDC)
Publication date: 2014

The Good Evaluation Questions Checklist is a tool to help ensure that the evaluation questions we create will be useful, relevant, and feasible. In keeping with the new accountability standard, it also provides a format for documenting our decisions when selecting evaluation questions.

Real-time Evaluations of Humanitarian Action - An ALNAP Guide

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Authors: Cosgrave, J., Ramalingam, B. and Beck, T.
Publication date: 2009

This pilot guide is intended to help evaluation managers to commission and oversee, and team leaders to conduct, real-time evaluations (RTEs) of humanitarian operational responses. Drawing on a synthesis of existing good practices, it sets out a flexible approach that can be adapted to a variety of contexts.