Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Feminist Evaluation & Research: Theory & Practice

Friday, April 11th, 2014

    Sharon Brisolara PhD (Editor), Denise Seigart PhD (Editor), Saumitra SenGupta PhD (Editor) Paperback: 368 pages, Publisher: The Guilford Press; Publication Date: March 28, 2014 | ISBN-10: 1462515207 | ISBN-13: 978-1462515202 | Edition: 1 Available on Amazon (though at an expensive US$43 for a paperback!) No reviews available online as yet, but links to ...

The Science of Evaluation: A Realist Manifesto

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Pawson, Ray. 2013. The Science of Evaluation: A Realist Manifesto. UK: Sage Publications. http://www.uk.sagepub.com Chapter 1 is available as a pdf. Hopefully other chapters will also become available this way, because this 240 page book is expensive. Contents Preface: The Armchair Methodologist and the Jobbing Researcher PART ONE: PRECURSORS AND PRINCIPLES Precursors: From the Library ...

Who Counts? The power of participatory statistics

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Edited By Jeremy Holland, published by Practical Action. 2013 (from the Practical Action website) "Local people can generate their own numbers – and the statistics that result are powerful for themselves and can influence policy. Since the early 1990s there has been a quiet tide of innovation in generating statistics using ...

Enhancing Evaluation Use: Insights from Internal Evaluation Units

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Marlène Läubli Loud (Editor), John Mayne (Editor), Sage 1013. Available on Amazon John Mayne's summary (especially for MandE NEWS!) "The idea for the book was that much written about evaluation in organizations is written by outsiders such as academics and consultants. But in practice, there are those working ‘inside’ an organization who ...

A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Gary Goertz & James Mahoney, 2012 Princeton University Press. Available on Amazon Review of the book by Dan Hirschman Excerpts from his review: "Goertz, a political scientist, and Mahoney, a sociologist, attempt to make sense of the different cultures of research in these two camps without attempting to apply the criteria of one to ...

On prediction, Nate Silver’s “The Signal and the Noise”

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Title The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction Author Nate Silver Publisher Penguin UK, 2012 ISBN 1846147530, 9781846147531 Length 544 pages Available on Amazon Use Google Books to read the first chapter. RD Comment: Highly recommended reading. Reading this book reminded me of M&E data I had to examine on a large maternal and child health project ...

Approches et pratiques en évaluation de programmes

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Nuvelle édition revue et augmentée, Christian Dagenais, Valéry Ridde, 480 pages • août 2012. University of Montreal press EN LIBRAIRIE À COMPTER DU 20 SEPTEMBRE 2012 Tous les chapitres de cette nouvelle édition ont été écrits par des pédagogues, des enseignants universitaires et des formateurs rompus depuis de longues années à l’exercice ...

Working with Assumptions in International Development Program Evaluation

Friday, August 31st, 2012

By Nkwake, Apollo M., with a Foreword by Michael Bamberger.  2013, 2013, XXI, 184 p. 14 illus., 7 in color. Published by Springer and available on Amazon Publisher description "Provides tools for understanding effective development programming and quality program evaluations Contains workshop materials for graduate students and in-service training for development evaluators The ...

What Causes What & Hypothesis testing: Truth and Evidence

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Two very useful chapters in Denise Cummins (2012) "Good Thinking", Cambridge University Press Cummins is a professor of psychology and philosophy, both of which she brings to bear in this great book. Read an interview with author here Contents include: 1. Introduction 2. Rational choice: choosing what is most likely to give you what ...

Integrated Monitoring: A Practical Manual for Organisations That Want to Achieve Results

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Written by Sonia Herrero, InProgress, Berlin, April 2012. 43 pages Available as pdf "The aim of this manual is to help those working in the non-profit sector -- non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other civil society organisations (CSOs) -- and the donors which fund them, to observe more accurately what they are ...