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What methods may be used in impact evaluations of humanitarian assistance?

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Jyotsna Puri, Anastasia Aladysheva, Vegard Iversen, Yashodhan Ghorpade, Tilman Brück, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) Working Paper 22, December 2014. Available as pdf "Humanitarian crises are complex situations where the demand for aid has traditionally far exceeded its supply. The humanitarian assistance community has long asked for better evidence on how each dollar ...

Case-Selection [for case studies]: A Diversity of Methods and Criteria

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Gerring, J., Cojocaru, L., 2015. Case-Selection: A Diversity of Methods and Criteria. January 2015 Available as pdf Excerpt: "Case-selection plays a pivotal role in case study research. This is widely acknowledged, and is implicit in the practice of describing case studies by their method of selection – typical, deviant, crucial, and so forth. ...

Participatory Approaches (to impact evaluation – a pluralist view)

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Methodological Briefs. Impact Evaluation No. 5 by Irene Guijt (and found via the Better Evaluation website). Available as pdf. "This guide, written by Irene Guijt for UNICEF, looks at the use of participatory approaches in impact evaluation.....By asking the question, ‘Who should be involved, why and how?’ for each step of ...

The use of Data Envelopment Analysis to calculate priority scores in needs assessments

Monday, August 10th, 2015

by Aldo Benini, July 2015 Priority indices have grown popular for identifying communities most affected by disasters. Responders have produced a number of formats and formulas. Most of these combine indicators using weights and aggregations decided by analysts. Often the rationales for these are weak. In such situations, a data-driven methodology ...

Qualitative Comparative Analysis – A Rigorous Qualitative Method for Assessing Impact

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

A Coffey How-To note, June 2015, by Carrie Baptist and Barbara Befani. Available as pdf Summary QCA is a case based method which allows evaluators to identify different combinations of factors that are critical to a given outcome, in a given context. This allows for a more nuanced understanding of how different combinations of ...

Category refinement in humanitarian needs assessments

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

MODERATE NEED, ACUTE NEED Valid categories for humanitarian needs assessments? Evidence from a recent needs assessment in Syria 26 MARCH 2015 by Aldo Benini, Needs assessments in crises seek to establish, among other elements, the number of persons in need. “Persons in need” is a broad and fuzzy concept; the estimates that local key informants provide ...

Impact Evaluation: A Guide for Commissioners and Managers

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Prepared by Elliot Stern for the Big Lottery Fund, Bond, Comic Relief and the Department for International Development, May 2015 Available as pdf 1. Introduction and scope 2 2. What is impact evaluation? 4 Defining impact and impact evaluation 4 Linking cause and effect 5 Explanation and the role of ‘theory’ 7 Who defines impact? 7 Impact evaluation and ...

Beneficiary Feedback in Evaluation

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Produced for DFID Evaluation Department by Lesley Groves, February 2015. Available as a pdf The purpose of this paper is to analyse current practice of beneficiary feedback in evaluation and to stimulate further thinking and activity in this area. The Terms of Reference required a review of practice within DFID and externally. ...

Straws-in-the-wind, Hoops and Smoking Guns: What can Process Tracing Offer to Impact Evaluation?

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

[Spotted via  tweet by Chris Roche] Punton, M., Welle, K., 2015. Straws-in-the-wind, Hoops and Smoking Guns: What can Process Tracing Offer to Impact Evaluation? Available as pdf See also the Annex Applying Process Tracing in Five Steps, also available as pdf Abstract:  "This CDI Practice Paper by Melanie Punton and Katharina Welle explains the methodological and theoretical ...

Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Greenhalgh, T., Howick, J., Maskrey, N.,Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis? , 2014. BMJ 348 http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g3725 Available as pdf This paper popped up in a comments made on Chris Roche's posting on the From Poverty to Power website Rick Davies comment: The paper is interesting in the first instance because both the debate and ...