3ie’s new Working Paper on Oxfam GB’s approach to evaluating its effectiveness

Non Governmental Organisations often struggle with how they can access useful and
reliable evidence on whether their interventions are actually making an impact. In the new working paper ‘Can we obtain the required rigour without randomisation?’
, authors Karl Hughes
and Claire Hutchings describe some of the challenges NGOs face in accessing credible
feedback on an intervention’s effectiveness . They show that tracking outcome indicators is not a viable option and present an alternative approach being pursued by Oxfam GB, where closing and sufficiently mature projects are randomly selected and subjected to ‘effectiveness audits’. *Read Working Paper.