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A Review of Umbrella Fund Evaluation – Focusing on Challenge Funds

Friday, June 17th, 2016

This is a Specialist Evaluation and Quality Assurance Service - Service Request Report, authored by Lydia Richardson with David Smith and Charlotte Blundy of TripleLine, in October 2015. A pdf copy is available As this report points out, Challenge Funds are common means of funding development aid projects but they have not received ...

USAID: A GUIDE TO THE MODIFIED BASIC NECESSITIES SURVEY WHY AND HOW TO CONDUCT BNS IN CONSERVATION LANDSCAPES

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Published June 2015. The principle authors of this guide are Dr. David Wilkie, Dr. Michelle Wieland and Diane Detoeuf of WCS. With thanks to Dr. Rick Davies for many useful discussions and comments about adding the value of owned assets to the BNS (the modifcation). Available as pdf "This manual is offered ...

Power calculation for causal inference in social science: Sample size and minimum detectable effect determination

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Eric W Djimeu, Deo-Gracias Houndolo, 3ie Working Paper 26, March 2016. Available as pdf Contents 1. Introduction 2. Basic statistics concepts: statistical logic 3. Power calculation: concept and applications 3.1. Parameters required to run power calculations 3.2. Statistical power and sample size determination 3.3. How to run power calculation: single treatment or multiple treatments? 4. Rules of thumb for ...

Evaluating the impact of flexible development interventions

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

ODI Methods Lab  report. . March 2016 Rick Davies. Available as pdf "Evaluating the impact of projects that aim to be flexible and responsive is a challenge. One of the criteria for good impact evaluation is rigour – which, broadly translated, means having a transparent, defensible and replicable process of data collection ...

Learning about Analysing Networks to Support Development Work?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Simon Batchelor, IDS Practice Paper in Brief. July 2011. Available as pdf "Introduction Everyone seems to be talking about networks. Networks and the analysis of networks is now big business. However, in the development sector, analysis of networks remains weak. This paper presents four cases where social network analysis (SNA) was used ...

Basic Field Guide to the Positive Deviance Approach

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Tufts University, September 2010. 17 pages Available as pdf "This basic guide is to orient newcomers to the PD approach and provide the essential tools to get started. It includes a brief description of basic definitions, as well as the guiding principles, steps, and process characteristics. This guide also includes suggestions of when to use ...

Participatory Video and the Most Significant Change: a guide for facilitators

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

by Sara Asadullah & Soledad Muñiz, 2015 Available as pdf via this webpage "The toolkit is designed to support you in planning and carrying out evaluation using PV with the MSC technique, or PVMSC for short. This is a participatory approach to monitoring, evaluation and learning that amplifies the voices of participants ...

Qualitative Comparative Analysis: A Valuable Approach to Add to the Evaluator’s ‘Toolbox’? Lessons from Recent Applications

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Schatz, F. and Welle, K. CDI Practice Paper 13, Publisher IDS Available as pdf. [From IDS website] "A heightened focus on demonstrating development results has increased the stakes for evaluating impact (Stern 2015), while the more complex objectives and designs of international aid programmes make it ever more challenging to attribute effects to a ...

IFAD Evaluation manual (2nd ed.)

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

"The [Dec 2015]  Evaluation Manual contains the core methodology that the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) uses to conduct its evaluations. It has been developed based on the principles set out in the IFAD Evaluation Policy, building on international good evaluation standards and practice. This second edition incorporates new ...

A visual introduction to machine learning

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning This website explains very clearly, using good visualisations, how a Decision Tree algorithm can make useful predictions about how different attributes of a case, such as  project, relate to the presence or absence of an outcome of interest. Decision tree models are a good alternative to ...