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Tools & Methods

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Case study

Aim of the tool
To understand how different elements fit together and how factors, such as implementation and context, have produced the observed impacts.

When to use it?
This tool is useful for evaluation purposes. Case studies can be used in all types of evaluation (ex-ante, intermediary and ex-post). In practice, however, implementation can be difficult in ex-ante evaluations which have to be conducted rapidly. Usually, only exploratory case studies can be adapted to ex-ante evaluations.

Participatory assessment of development (PADev)

Aim of the tool
An inclusive approach that aims to add both context and depth to a bottom-up assessment of development and change by building up a big picture of development and change in an area over time.

When to use it?
This tool is useful for ex-post assessments, and has potential for use in the development of community action plans.

Project diary or learning journal

Aim of the tool
To help you remember something later, it crystallises a particular problem or issue, and enables reflection. It can take you in new directions and clear your mind

When to use it?
This tool is useful at the beginning of an intervention, but can also be used for evaluation

Questionnaires

Aim of the tool
(Online) collection of data (both quantitative and qualitative)

When to use it?
This tool can be useful at the beginning of an intervention but is mostly used for evaluation purposes.

Mobile Data Collection

Aim of the tool 
To facilitate data collection, entry and analysis

When to use it? 
It depends on your data needs. Mobile data collection is especially useful if you are conducting surveys with mostly close-ended questions.

Participatory Impact Assessment and Learning Approach (PIALA)

Aim of the tool
The participatory generation of evidence, analysis and learning at different levels about any project impacts achieved, and related causal pathways.

When to use it?
This tool is useful at the beginning of an intervention but can also be used for evaluation.

Livelihood Asset Status Tracking (LAST)

Aim of the tool
To track the ongoing dynamics of five capital assets (natural, physical, human, financial and social) essential to household livelihoods as a proxy for impact.

When to use it?
This tool is useful at the beginning of an intervention but can also be used for evaluation.

Configurational comparative methods (CCM)

Aim of the tool
To allow systematic cross-case comparisons while at the same time giving justice to within-case complexity, particularly in small- and intermediate-N research designs (i.e. N-research designs here refer to number of cases looked at)

When to use it?
This tool is useful for evaluation.

Stories, pictures and drawings

Aim of the tool
To help you present your findings in an appealing and creative way so that you can effectively get your message across

When to use it?
This tool is useful to use at different stages of an intervention process being evaluated (i.e. beginning, mid-way and end). You can also use it to help you communicate the findings of the evaluation to your stakeholders.

Presenting findings at staff forums and conferences

Aim of the tool
To share your key findings and experiences to stimulate discussion and further develop your methodologies

When to use it?
This tool can be used at different stages of an intervention process. It is particularly useful (i.e. beginning, mid-way and end) to communicate the findings of the evaluation.