IDS: Participatory


The Participatory Methods website provides resources to generate ideas and action for inclusive development and social change. The website is set up as an online guide, bringing together ideas, thoughts, studies, challenges, resources and other information about participatory methods.

Rural governance that works


In this blog post at The Broker, John Coonrod argues that private sector and value-chain development will not contribute to poverty reduction without accountable, effective, inclusive rural governance. Economic development yes, poverty reduction no.

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PPPs: listen to the farmers. Private sector involvement in food security strategies


For three months, The Broker facilitated a dossier on food security. The core of the dossier was an online debate organized jointly with the Dutch Food and Business Knowledge Forum, a new knowledge platform initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find innovative ways to address food insecurity.

Performing Data Collection using Mobile Devices


The Research Data Management Support Service organised a seminar on Mobile Data Collection. The seminar bought together experts from the Karonga Prevention Study, Tazama project and ORION project to share their experience of working with mobile devices in the field, highlighting the successes, failures, and challenges that they’ve encountered. 

The session built upon a Mobile Data Collection briefing paper produced by Dan Arthur of IT Services on the software tools available for use.

AEA365: Evaluation 2013 Conference Week: Michael Quinn Patton on Using the Conference Program as a Data Source About Trends in Evaluation


In this blog post, Michael Q. Patton encourages the readers to use the AEA conference program as data and a resource for their ongoing professional development. 

Read the blog post at October 14th 2013

BetterEvaluation: Mixed methods in evaluation Part 3: Enough pick and mix; time for some standards on mixing methods in impact evaluation


In BetterEvaluation's third blog on mixed methods in evaluation, Tiina Pasanen from ODI focusses in on impact evaluations (IEs).

AEA 365:Trina Willard on Presenting the Power of Bad News


In this blog post, Trina Willard addresses one of the most common objections to evaluations: “But we can’t evaluate!  What if the results are bad?” To deal with these concerns, she shares three strategies:

Hot Tip #1:  Give an example. 
Hot Tip #2:  Paint the picture for change.  
Hot Tip #3:  Challenge the choice of reaction versus action

Read more at: - Blog post September 2nd 2013

SciDevNet: Finding the real impact of agricultural innovation support


In this blog post on SciDevNet, Giel Ton discusses the challengs of impact evaluation in agricultural development. He argues that:

  • It is hard to gauge an innovation's impact on overall outcomes such as income

  • So it is best to focus on intermediate outcomes such as adoption of new techniques

  • The chosen indicators should enable comparisons of interventions

The World Bank: Impact Evaluation Toolkit


The World Bank Impact Evaluation Toolkit helps practitioners design and implement impact evaluations, with a focus on Results-Based Financing in maternal and child health programs. The Toolkit consists of 1) guidelines for best practices and 2) tools to implement guideline recommendations such as:

3ie Moving impact evaluations beyond controlled circumstances


In this 3ie blog post, Thomas de Hoop argues that if impact evaluators want to influence policy, they have to move beyond evaluating small programmes for which they have optimal control over the design of the intervention. 

As an example, he zooms in on the impact evaluation of the Millennium Villages Project, where the complexity and scale of the programme makes evaluation difficult.