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Evaluating Policy Influence and Advocacy

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A useful article on evaluating policy influence and advocacy. Influencing and informing policy is the main aim for many development organisations. However, activities directed at policy change are, in general, very hard to monitor and evaluate.

A Great (and Free) Resource for SPSS Syntax: the Command Syntax Reference

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This is the manual that explains all the SPSS Syntax commands.The great thing about it is now it’s available right in SPSS. When you click on help, instead of Search, choose Command Syntax Reference. It includes every possible option, explains when and how to use it, and what it means. It’s an extremely handy resource, comes free with SPSS, and you don’t have to spend hours searching the internet for an answer.

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.

Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

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Author: Valters, Craig
Publication date: August 2014

The Theory of Change approach is becoming a pervasive part of development practice: as an artefact, as a management tool, and increasingly as a common discourse which implementers use to explain and explore their interventions. In this blog post, Craig Valters introduces the 6 key findings of his research and paper.

Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

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Author: Valters, Craig
Publication date: August 2014

The Theory of Change approach is becoming a pervasive part of development practice: as an artefact, as a management tool, and increasingly as a common discourse which implementers use to explain and explore their interventions. In this blog post, Craig Valters introduces the 6 key findings of his research and paper.

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.

Trends in impact evaluation: Did we ever learn?

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In 2006, the Evaluation Gap Working Group asked, “When will we ever learn?” This week, 3ie’s Drew Cameron, Anjini Mishra, and Annette Brown (hereafter CMB) have published a paper in the Journal of Development Effectiveness that uses data on more than thirty years of published impact evaluations from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation Repository (IER) to answer the question. The full article can be found here

Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

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Author: Craig Valters
Publication date: August 2014

The Theory of Change approach is becoming a pervasive part of development practice: as an artefact, as a management tool, and increasingly as a common discourse which implementers use to explain and explore their interventions. In this blog post, Craig Valters introduces the 6 key findings of his research and paper.

Data Visualization Checklist

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Authors: Evergreen, S. and A. K. Emery
Publication date: 2014

This checklist is meant to be used as a guide for the development of high impact data visualizations. It allows you to rate each aspect of the data visualization by circling the most appropriate number, where 2 points means the  guideline was fully met, 1 means it was partially met, and 0 means it was not met at all. n/a should not be used frequently, but reserved for when the guideline truly does not apply. For example, a pie chart has no axes lines or tick marks to rate. Refer to the Data Visualization Anatomy Chart on the last page for guidance on vocabulary.

The Value of Rubrics in Messy Non-Profit Evaluation Contexts

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This powerpoint presentation by Kate McKegg at the American Evaluation Association Conference 2013 helps to understand how the use of rubrics in the non-profit sector can contribute to organizational learning, internal evaluation capacity and improved client outcomes. Examples are shared of real world use of different kinds of evaluation rubrics in non-profit contexts.