Jeff Sachs, the Millennium Villages Project, and Misconceptions about Impact Evaluation | News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation

Jeff Sachs, the Millennium Villages Project, and Misconceptions about Impact Evaluation | News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation. News that another $72 million has been committed for a second stage of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) has led to another round of critical discussion as to what can be learning… Read More Jeff Sachs, the Millennium Villages Project, and Misconceptions about Impact Evaluation | News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation

Theory-Based Impact Evaluation: Principles and Practice, by Howard White

theory-based approach to impact evaluation maps out the causal chain from inputs to outcomes and impact, and tests the underlying assumptions. Despite wide agreement that this approach will address the why question, it has not often been effectively used. Most studies make speculations as to the reasons for impact, or differences in impact, rather than… Read More Theory-Based Impact Evaluation: Principles and Practice, by Howard White

Website: Free Resources for Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods

This page lists FREE resources for program evaluation and social research methods. The focus is on “how-to” do evaluation research and the methods used: surveys, focus groups, sampling, interviews, and other methods. Most of these links are to resources that can be read over the web. A few, like the GAO books, are for books… Read More Website: Free Resources for Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods

Micro-methods in evaluating governance interventions

Although billions of dollars have been invested on improving governance in developing countries in the past decade, few of the programmes that have received funding have been subjected to strong and rigorous impact evaluation. The aim of the paper is to answer three key questions: what are the features of governance interventions that make rigorous… Read More Micro-methods in evaluating governance interventions

Learning how to learn: eight lessons for impact evaluations that make a difference – Resources – Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Learning how to learn: eight lessons for impact evaluations that make a difference – Resources – Overseas Development Institute (ODI). This Background Note outlines key lessons on impact evaluations, utilisation-focused evaluations and evidence-based policy. While methodological pluralism is seen as the key to effective impact evaluation in development, the emphasis here is not methods per… Read More Learning how to learn: eight lessons for impact evaluations that make a difference – Resources – Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

IDB calls for proposals about impact assessment methodologies

Mira – Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. IDB calls for proposals about impact assessment methodologies in Latin America and the Caribbean Deadline for submissions is June 13th. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is calling for proposals about “Measuring Institutional Impact on the Region of the Americas (MIRA).” The Bank will select eight proposals to carry out… Read More IDB calls for proposals about impact assessment methodologies

Making evaluations matter: A practical guide for evaluators – Wageningen UR

Publications – Wageningen UR – Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation. Recently published by the Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University & Research centre, Wageningen (The Netherlands), the guide is primarily for evaluators working in the international development sector. It is also useful for commissioner of evaluations, evaluation managers and M&E officers.The guide explains how… Read More Making evaluations matter: A practical guide for evaluators – Wageningen UR

Digital Resources for Evaluators

Digital Resources for Evaluators. Digital Resources for Evaluators A collection of online resources for evaluators, including Communities of Evaluators; Education and Training in Evaluation; Governments, Agencies, Foundations, Organizations; Companies and Consultants; Evaluation Texts and Documents; Instruments, Data, Surveys, Statistics, and Software; and Funding and Employment.

Much «clean» growth possible in developing world with existing technology, right strategy and incentives, UNCTAD Report says

The stress of the global financial crisis — as well as concerns about climate change and food prices — should be used by developing countries to shift towards ”clean” growth, a new UNCTAD report recommends. It says such progress is possible and affordable with existing technology, based on the right strategy and incentives. UNCTAD’s Trade… Read More Much «clean» growth possible in developing world with existing technology, right strategy and incentives, UNCTAD Report says

Cluster Management: A Practical Guide, by GTZ

This GTZ-manual provides an encompassing and concise overview of methods and instruments of cluster management. It was developed in Croatia commissioned by the GTZ and financed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is, however, not only applicable to Croatia and to other transformation countries, but by all means suitable for… Read More Cluster Management: A Practical Guide, by GTZ