Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

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 ...

Special Issue on Systematic Reviews – J. of Development Effectiveness

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Volume 4, Issue 3, 2012 Why do we care about evidence synthesis? An introduction to the special issue on systematic reviews Howard White & Hugh Waddington pages 351-358 Download full text How to do a good systematic review of effects in international development: a tool kit Hugh Waddington, Howard White, Birte Snilstveit, Jorge Garcia ...

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 ...

A move to more systematic and transparent approaches in qualitative evidence synthesis

Friday, August 31st, 2012

An update on a review of published papers. By Karin Hannes and Kirsten Macaitis  Qualitative Research 2012 12: 402 originally published online 11 May 2012 Abstract In 2007, the journal Qualitative Research published a review on qualitative evidence syntheses conducted between 1988 and 2004. It reported on the lack of explicit detail regarding ...

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 ...

New Directions for Evaluation: Promoting Valuation in the Public Interest: Informing Policies for Judging Value in Evaluation

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Spring 2012, Volume 2012, Issue 133, Pages 1–129 Buy here Editor's Notes - George Julnes Editor's notes (pages 1–2) Abstract PDF(22K) Research Articles Managing valuation (pages 3–15)  George JulnesAbstract PDF(77K) References > The logic of valuing (pages 17–28)  Michael Scriven Abstract  PDF(63K) References The evaluator's role in valuing: Who and with whom (pages 29–41)Marvin C. Alkin, Anne ...

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 ...

Magenta Book – HM Treasury guidance on evaluation for Central Government (UK)

Friday, April 13th, 2012

27 April 2011 "The Magenta Book is HM Treasury guidance on evaluation for Central Government, but will also be useful for all policy makers, including in local government, charities and the voluntary sectors. It sets out the key issues to consider when designing and managing evaluations, and the presentation and interpretation of ...