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“Quality evidence for policymaking. I’ll believe it when I see the replication”

Monday, April 14th, 2014

3ie Replication Paper 1, by Annette N Brown, Drew B Cameron, Benjamin DK Wood, March 2014. Available as pdf "1. Introduction:  Every so often, a well-publicised replication study comes along that, for a brief period, catalyses serious discussion about the importance of replication for social science research, particularly in economics. The ...

DEMOCRACY, GOVERNANCE AND RANDOMISED MEDIA ASSISTANCE

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

BY DEVRA C. MOEHLER, BBC Media Action RESEARCH REPORT // ISSUE 03 // MARCH 2014 // GOVERNANCE. Available as pdf Foreword by BBC Media Action "This report summarises how experimental design has been used to assess the effectiveness of governance interventions and to understand the effects of the media on political opinion ...

Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes report on “How DFID Learns”

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Terms of Reference for the review The review itself, available here, published 4th April 2014 Selected quotes: "Overall Assessment: Amber-Red: DFID has allocated at least £1.2 billion for research, evaluation and personnel development (2011-15). It generates considerable volumes of information, much of which, such as funded research, is publicly available. DFID itself is ...

Two papers and one book on process tracing methods

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Understanding Process Tracing, David Collier, University of California, Berkeley. PS: Political Science and Politics 44, No.4 (2011):823-30. 7 pages. Abstract: "Process tracing is a fundamental tool of qualitative analysis. This method is often invoked by scholars who carry out within-case analysis based on qualitative data, yet frequently it is neither adequately ...

Rapid Review of Embedding Evaluation in UK Department for International Development

Monday, March 17th, 2014

February 2014 Executive Summary ....Final Report "Purpose of the rapid review:  Since 2009/10, there has been a drive within the Department for International Development (DFID) to strengthen the evidence base upon which policy and programme decisions are made. Evaluation plays a central role in this and DFID has introduced a ...

Do you have a Data Management Plan?

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Sam Held discusses Data Management Plans in his 14 February 2014 AEA blog posting on Federal (US) Data Sharing Policies "A recent trend in the STEM fields is the call to share or access research data, especially data collected with federal funding. The result is requirements from the federal agencies for ...

Reflections on research processes in a development NGO: FIVDB’s survey in 2013 of the change in household conditions and of the effect of livelihood trainings

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Received from Aldo Benini: "Development NGOs are under increasing pressure to demonstrate impact. The methodological rigor of impact studies can challenge those with small research staffs and/or insufficient capacity to engage with outside researchers. "Reflections on research processes in a development NGO: Friends In Village Development Bangladesh's (FIVDB) survey in 2013 ...

Meta-evaluation of USAID’s Evaluations: 2009-2012

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

(from USAID Learning Lab website) Author(s):Molly Hageboeck, Micah Frumkin, and Stephanie Monschein Organization(s):Management Systems International Institution(s):United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Date Published:November 25, 2013 Report available as a pdf (a big file). See also video and PP presentations (worth reading!) Context and Purpose This evaluation of evaluations, or meta-evaluation, was undertaken to assess the quality ...

LineUp: Visual Analysis of Multi-Attribute Rankings

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Gratzl, S., A. Lex, N. Gehlenborg, H. Pfister, and M. Streit. 2013. “LineUp: Visual Analysis of Multi-Attribute Rankings.” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 19 (12): 2277–86. doi:10.1109/TVCG.2013.173. "Abstract—Rankings are a popular and universal approach to structuring otherwise unorganized collections of items by computing a rank for each item based ...

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) An application to compare national REDD+ policy processes

Friday, January 31st, 2014

  Sehring, Jenniver, Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, and Maria Brockhaus. 2013. “Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) An Application to Compare National REDD+ Policy Processes”. CIFOR. http://www.cifor.org/publications/pdf_files/WPapers/WP121Sehring.pdf. "This working paper gives an overview of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), a method that enables systematic cross-case comparison of an intermediate number of case studies. It presents an overview ...