How to make failure a stepping stone to success | IFAD Webstream

IFAD invites us to the conference Webstream: How to make failure a stepping stone to success Date: 29 October 2013, Time: 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. Rome, Italy http://webcasting.ifad.org/failfaire This IFAD event that aims to challenge the common thinking around failure – and to raise awareness about how learning from failure is a key to success. The… Read More How to make failure a stepping stone to success | IFAD Webstream

Evaluating Development Activities – 12 Lessons from the OECD DAC

As development co-operation faces ever increasing pressures to demonstrate results, donors and partner governments need credible, timely evidence to inform their programmes and improve performance. Evaluation has a critical role to play in providing such evidence. New methodologies and ways of working are being developed to better understand what works, why and under what circumstances… Read More Evaluating Development Activities – 12 Lessons from the OECD DAC

Review of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches, ITAD, April 2013

The reviewers analysed 32 M4P programme reviews and evaluations, monitoring and eReview of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches, ITAD, April 2013: valuation (M&E) frameworks and programme reports to help guide the design and implementation of future M4P evaluations. Generally, M4P evaluations are found to be weak in terms of considering systemic changes, triangulation practices and… Read More Review of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches, ITAD, April 2013

How to Deliver Negative Evaluation Results Constructively

Susan Lilley has Ten Tips for Evaluators How to Deliver Negative Evaluation Results Constructively http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~LilleyS/tips.html The following pointers are a summary of the suggestions provided by members of Evaltalk, the American Evaluation Association Discussion List in June 2002. These suggestions are based on the assumptions that the primary purpose of evaluation is to improve programs… Read More How to Deliver Negative Evaluation Results Constructively

Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future | IDS Conference

Tuesday 26 March 2013 – Wednesday 27 March 2013 26 March 2013 (10:00) to 27 March 2013 (18:00) IDS Convening Space, Brighton, UK The approaches currently used in the evaluation of development impact represent only a fraction of the research methods used in political science, sociology, psychology and other social sciences. Systems thinking and complexity… Read More Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future | IDS Conference

Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future | IDS Conference

Tuesday 26 March 2013 – Wednesday 27 March 2013 26 March 2013 (10:00) to 27 March 2013 (18:00) IDS Convening Space, Brighton, UK The approaches currently used in the evaluation of development impact represent only a fraction of the research methods used in political science, sociology, psychology and other social sciences. Systems thinking and complexity… Read More Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future | IDS Conference

From Outcome Stories to Strategy | CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

This week the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) published thirteen outcome stories. “Islands of success” in the middle of an ambitious “ocean of change”. For instance, in Cambodia, the story of drip irrigation farming linked to market opportunities demonstrates how improved water efficiency, primarily in the form of irrigation drip-kits, resulted in… Read More From Outcome Stories to Strategy | CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

From Outcome Stories to Strategy | CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

This week the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) published thirteen outcome stories. “Islands of success” in the middle of an ambitious “ocean of change”. For instance, in Cambodia, the story of drip irrigation farming linked to market opportunities demonstrates how improved water efficiency, primarily in the form of irrigation drip-kits, resulted in… Read More From Outcome Stories to Strategy | CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

Monitoring and Measuring Change in Market Systems – Rethinking the Current Paradigm | SEEP

A new SEEP publication, Monitoring and Measuring Change in Market Systems, byLucho Osorio-Cortes and Marcus Jenal is part of the new Systemic Monitoring and Evaluation Initiative. The Systemic M&E Initiative explores cutting edge thinking and enquiry around ways to improve the current M&E paradigm and improved practice in measuring impacts in market system. It includes… Read More Monitoring and Measuring Change in Market Systems – Rethinking the Current Paradigm | SEEP

Monitoring and Measuring Change in Market Systems – Rethinking the Current Paradigm | SEEP

A new SEEP publication, Monitoring and Measuring Change in Market Systems, byLucho Osorio-Cortes and Marcus Jenal is part of the new Systemic Monitoring and Evaluation Initiative. The Systemic M&E Initiative explores cutting edge thinking and enquiry around ways to improve the current M&E paradigm and improved practice in measuring impacts in market system. It includes… Read More Monitoring and Measuring Change in Market Systems – Rethinking the Current Paradigm | SEEP

Method in focus: Rubrics | BetterEvaluation.org

Next week BetterEvaluation will launch the first in a series of papers written by practitioners describing their evaluation experiences. The series of ten papers will cover a range of subjects such as commissioning and managing expectations, evaluating networks, mixing methods, defining assessment criteria, managing involvement of children, formative evaluation and building evaluative capacity. The first… Read More Method in focus: Rubrics | BetterEvaluation.org

Method in focus: Rubrics | BetterEvaluation.org

Next week BetterEvaluation will launch the first in a series of papers written by practitioners describing their evaluation experiences. The series of ten papers will cover a range of subjects such as commissioning and managing expectations, evaluating networks, mixing methods, defining assessment criteria, managing involvement of children, formative evaluation and building evaluative capacity. The first… Read More Method in focus: Rubrics | BetterEvaluation.org

International aid projects come under the microscope | Nature

Not long ago, ‘research’ was a dirty word in international-development circles. The prevailing view was that the time and money available should be spent implementing aid projects rather than analysing their effects in detail. For most projects, assessment was limited to tracking how much they spent and whether they reached their end points. That is… Read More International aid projects come under the microscope | Nature

International aid projects come under the microscope | Nature

Not long ago, ‘research’ was a dirty word in international-development circles. The prevailing view was that the time and money available should be spent implementing aid projects rather than analysing their effects in detail. For most projects, assessment was limited to tracking how much they spent and whether they reached their end points. That is… Read More International aid projects come under the microscope | Nature

TrainEval. Training Programme for Evaluation in Development, Brussels, Belgium, 5 Modules in 2013

Looking for a high profile training course on development evaluations? – Interested in the European Commission’s evaluation approach? – Want to benefit from exchange with other evaluation experts? Check out TrainEval. on http://www.traineval.org TrainEval. is an advanced training programme for evaluation in development, which has been adapted to the specific requirements of the EC evaluation… Read More TrainEval. Training Programme for Evaluation in Development, Brussels, Belgium, 5 Modules in 2013

New TrainEval module ‘Systemic approaches to conducting evaluations’ 18.-20.September 2013 in Brussels

AGEG Consultants eG offer this training module in response to the needs and challenges stated above. It is complementary to the TrainEval advanced training programme for evaluation in development. The three-day module at hand is aimed at evaluators with evaluation experience who wish to expand their set of skills with regard to complex interventions. Systemic… Read More New TrainEval module ‘Systemic approaches to conducting evaluations’ 18.-20.September 2013 in Brussels

World DataBank: New data resources on poverty, gender, jobs, health and more

You’ll find a large amount of data available through the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative: for time-series alone, there are some 8,000 indicators for around 200 countries. http://databank.worldbank.org/data/databases.aspx Available are six topics so far: poverty, gender, jobs, health, financial inclusion, and the policy and institutional framework in African countries. World Development Indicators (WDI) is the… Read More World DataBank: New data resources on poverty, gender, jobs, health and more

Developmental Evaluation – Evaluation for Adaptive Interventions | Better Evaluation Blog

A page on Developmental Evaluation curated by the Better Evaluation Blog. It has an overview and links to many resources. Developmental Evaluation, developed by Michael Patton, is an approach to evaluation that is designed for adaptive and emergent interventions, such as social change initiatives or projects operating in complex and uncertain environments http://betterevaluation.org/blog/developmental_evaluation

Developmental Evaluation – Evaluation for Adaptive Interventions | Better Evaluation Blog

A page on Developmental Evaluation curated by the Better Evaluation Blog. It has an overview and links to many resources. Developmental Evaluation, developed by Michael Patton, is an approach to evaluation that is designed for adaptive and emergent interventions, such as social change initiatives or projects operating in complex and uncertain environments http://betterevaluation.org/blog/developmental_evaluation

German aid gets independent evaluation institute DEval

Berlin – Today German federal development minister Dirk Niebel and his State Secretary Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz have opened the new independent evaluation institute of the German developing cooperation with the name “DEval”. The independent evaluation institute DEval is owned by the Federal Government and has 38 staff based in Bonn. It is headed by the renowned… Read More German aid gets independent evaluation institute DEval

Do development indicators deceive us? Here is a better approach | Global Dashboard – Blog covering International affairs and global risks

What would these indicators look like? The new assessment criteria would seek to answer questions such as: 1) How great are group-based (ethnic, religious, caste, clan, etc.) economic, political, and cultural horizontal inequities? 2) How equitable is public spending? 3) How equitable are markets? 4) How equitable is the rule of law? Do elites or… Read More Do development indicators deceive us? Here is a better approach | Global Dashboard – Blog covering International affairs and global risks

Do development indicators deceive us? Here is a better approach | Global Dashboard – Blog covering International affairs and global risks

What would these indicators look like? The new assessment criteria would seek to answer questions such as: 1) How great are group-based (ethnic, religious, caste, clan, etc.) economic, political, and cultural horizontal inequities? 2) How equitable is public spending? 3) How equitable are markets? 4) How equitable is the rule of law? Do elites or… Read More Do development indicators deceive us? Here is a better approach | Global Dashboard – Blog covering International affairs and global risks

TrainEval. Training for Evaluation in Development

» Enhancing Skills to Assess Development Interventions » Focus on the EC evaluation approach » For professionals in development cooperation TrainEval offers a sound qualification opportunity for development evaluation. It provides the ideal solution for experts acting in a growing market as it imparts evaluation theory, applied knowledge and the ability to plan, conduct and… Read More TrainEval. Training for Evaluation in Development