Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Impact Evaluation and Measuring Results

Sabine Garbarino and Jeremy Holland, March 2009

Issues paper | Workshop report

There has been a renewed interest in impact evaluation and measuring results in recent years amongst development agencies and donors. This paper reviews the case for promoting and formalising qualitative and combined methods for impact evaluation and measuring results, as part of a broader strategy amongst donors and country partners for tackling the evaluation gap. The accompanying workshop report provides a summary of the January 2009 workshop “Make an Impact: Tackling the “I” and the “D” of Making It Happen”, which aimed to familiarise DFID staff with the use of qualitative methods in impact evaluation and measuring results.

The case for qualitative and combined methods is strong. Qualitative methods have an equal footing in evaluation of development impacts and can generate sophisticated, robust and timely data and analysis. Combining qualitative research with quantitative instruments that have greater breadth of coverage and generalisability can result in better evaluations that make the most of their respective comparative advantages.

3 thoughts on “Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Impact Evaluation and Measuring Results”

  1. I am Monitoring and Evaluation specialist working in Engender Health. In this organization I am undertaking different research and assessement on Reproductive Health specifically on family planning. I have been working for Nine consecutive year on M&E specifically on food security , nutrition, population and Environment proggrames. Having saying this, If accepted for the conference I think Ican contribute and gain much in participaing the conference.This is to kindly request for fund support to participate in the conference.

  2. am Monitoring and Evaluation specialist working in Engender Health. In this organization I am undertaking different research and assessement on Reproductive Health specifically on family planning. I have been working for Nine consecutive year on M&E specifically on food security , nutrition, population and Environment proggrames. Having saying this, If accepted for the conference I think Ican contribute and gain much in participaing the conference.This is to kindly request for fund support to participate in the conference.

  3. i’m Ruwan working as a M&E officer in Sri Lanka. Plz let me know if there are any sponsors for this program
    Kind Regards
    Ruwan

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