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Predictive Analytics and Data Mining: Concepts and Practice with RapidMiner

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Author(s) : Kotu & Deshpande Release Date: 05 Dec 2014 Published by Morgan Kaufmann Print Book ISBN :9780128014608 eBook ISBN :9780128016503 Pages: 446 Look inside the book here Key Features Demystifies data mining concepts with easy to understand language Shows how to get up and running fast with 20 commonly used powerful techniques for predictive ...

Anecdote Circles: Monitoring Change in Market Systems Through Storytelling

Friday, December 19th, 2014

by The SEEP Network on Dec 16, 2014  A video presentation  A pdf is also available "In this third webinar of the series, Daniel Ticehurst, of DAI, spoke about a tool/process now called Anecdote Circles. Such circles are similar to focus group interviews/discussions and beneficiary assessments of the 1980's: they create ...

DIGITAL HUMANITARIANS: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response

Friday, December 19th, 2014

By Patrick, Meier, Francis & Taylor Press, January 15, 2015 See: http://digital-humanitarians.com/ "The overflow of information generated during disasters can be as paralyzing to humanitarian response as the lack of information. This flash flood of information is often referred to as Big Data, or Big Crisis Data. Making sense of Big Crisis Data is ...

Better Value for Money. An organising framework for management and measurement of VFM indicators

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

by Julian Barr and Angela Christie, 2014. ITAD. 6 pages  Available as pdf "Value for money suffers from being a phrase that is more used than understood. We all instinctively believe we understand the terms since we all regularly seek value for money in the things we buy. Yet, once Value for Money attains capital letters ...

MAKING EVALUATION SENSITIVE TO GENDER AND HUMAN RIGHTS Different approaches

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

(via pelican email list) By Juan Andres Ligero Lasa, Julia Espinosa Fajardo, Carmen Mormeneo Cortes, MarÍa Bustelo Ruesta Published June 2014© Spanish MInistry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Secretary of State for Internactional Cooperation and for Ibero-America General Secretary of International Cooperation for Development Available as pdf Contents: 1. introduction  2. preliminary concepts  2.1. Sensitive evaluation 2.2. The gender perspective or GID approach 2.3. The ...

Process evaluation of complex interventions. UK Medical Research Council (MRC) guidance

Monday, November 10th, 2014

(copied from here: http://decipher.uk.net/process-evaluation-guidance/) "Updated MRC guidance for evaluation of complex interventions published in 2008 (Craig et al.2008) highlighted the value of process evaluation within trials of complex interventions in order to understand implementation, the mechanisms through which interventions produce change, and the role of context in shaping implementation and effectiveness. However, it provided limited insight into how ...

Looking for case studies of beneficiary feedback in evaluation

Friday, November 7th, 2014

[From Lesley Groves] Dear MandE I have been commissioned by the UK Department for International Development to produce a short practical note on incorporating beneficiary feedback within evaluation. I am exploring questions such as: How do we define beneficiary feedback in evaluation? How is it different from participatory evaluation/ participatory methods in ...

The use of Rasch scales in monitoring, gender analysis and attitude measurement

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

  Monitoring systems occasionally incorporate elements of action research. A water and sanitation project in northern Bangladesh elaborated a Gender Analytic Framework to help organize public conversations on gender roles in household, village and local government. Trained volunteers facilitated sessions and recorded responses to 29 gender-related items in 988 villages over ...

Evidence of the Hawthorne effect – worth knowing about and watching out for

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

(copied from the World Bank "Development Impact" blog) Quantifying the Hawthorne Effect Submitted by Jed Friedman on 2014/10/16 This post is co-authored with Brinda Gokul Many who work on impact evaluation are familiar with the concept of the Hawthorne effect and its potential risk to the accurate inference of causal impact. But if this is ...

Why evaluations fail: The importance of good monitoring (DCED, 2014)

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Adam Kessler and Jim Tanburn, August 2014, Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED). 9 pages. Available as pdf. Introduction:  A development programme without a strong internal monitoring system often cannot be effectively evaluated. The DCED Standard for Results Measurement is a widely-used monitoring framework, and this document discusses how it relates ...