Qualitative methods & analysis

What methods may be used in impact evaluations of humanitarian assistance?

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Authors: Puri, J. et alii.
Publication date: 2014

This paper explores the methodological options and challenges associated with collecting and generating high-quality evidence needed to answer important questions on the impact of humanitarian assistance.

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. 

Six Thinking Hats. Looking at a Decision From All Points of View

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Six Thinking Hats' is an important and powerful technique. It is used to look at decisions from a number of important perspectives. This forces you to move outside your habitual thinking style, and helps you to get a more rounded view of a situation.

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. 

Workshop Report: Framing Ethics in Impact Evaluation: Where Are We? Which Route Should We Take?

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Authors: Barnett, C. & Munslow, T.
Publication date:
2014

The workshop set out to explore the landscape of ethical practice as it currently exists, with a particular focus on the concerns of practitioners presently involved in implementing impact evaluations. The workshop focused especially on exploring the potential for a broader ethics model, where ethical values and principles inform every part of the evaluation process – both within the evaluation itself, as well as in relation to society.

ICTs for Monitoring & Evaluation of Peacebuilding Programs

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Author: Corlazzoli, V.
Publication date: 2014

The purpose of this paper is to explore the incorporation of information and communications technologies into the monitoring and evaluation systems of peacebuilding programmes. The paper focuses on exploring the application of the following ICTs: mobile technology, social media, big data, the digitzation of surveys, and tools to better visualize data. 

Monitoring and evaluation of policy influence and advocacy

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Author: Tsui, J., Hearn, S. &  and Young, J. 
Publication date: 2014

This ODI working paper explores current trends in monitoring and evaluating policy influence and advocacy; discusses different theories of how policy influence happens; and presents a number of options to monitor and evaluate different aspects of advocacy interventions. Case studies describe how some organisations have used these options in practice to understand their impact and improve their advocacy strategies.

The Impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

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Authors: Gaventa, J. & McGee, R.
Publication date: 2013

This issue of Development Policy Review arises from a study of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives (TAIs) in different development sectors. It analyses existing evidence, discusses how approaches to learning about TAIs might be improved, and recommends how impact and effectiveness could be enhanced.

Monitoring & evaluation for climate change adaptation: A synthesis of tools, frameworks and approaches

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Authors: Bours, D., McGinn, C. & Pringle, P. (for SEA Change CoP, UKCIP)
Publication date: 2013

This report represents a synthesis and summary of frameworks for the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of climate change adaptation (CCA) interventions, with a specific focus on international development projects and programs.

The objective of this report is to:

Vulnerability assessments: Experiences of GIZ with vulnerability assessments at the local level

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Author: Bünner, N. (for GIZ)
Publication date: 2013

The goal of this factsheet with additional descriptions of Vulnerability Assessment (VA) applications is to provide an overview of experiences with VAs gained in GIZ projects and make these experiences available to others.