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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 ...

Hivos ToC Guidelines: THEORY OF CHANGE THINKING IN PRACTICE – A stepwise approach

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Marjan van Es (Hivos), Irene Guijt, Isabel Vogel, 2015.  Available as pdf PART A – CONCEPTS AND DEFINITION 1 Introduction 1.1 Hivos and Theory of Change 1.2 Origin of the guidelines 1.3 Use of the guidelines 2 Theory of Change 2.1 What are Theories of Change? What is a ToC approach? 2.2 Why a Theory ...

Evaluation in the Extreme: Research, Impact and Politics in Violently Divided Societies

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Authors: Kenneth Bush - University of York Heslington, York, England Colleen Duggan - International Development Research Centre, Ottawa published October 2015, by Sage "Over the past two decades, there has been an increase in the funding of research in and on violently divided societies. But how do we know whether research makes any difference ...

The sustainable development goals as a network of targets

Friday, November 13th, 2015

DESA Working Paper No. 141, ST/ESA/2015/DWP/141, March 2015 Towards integration at last? The sustainable development goals as a network of targets David Le Blanc, Department of Economic & Social Affairs ABSTRACT "In 2014, UN Member States proposed a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as ...

Crowdsourced research: Many hands make tight work

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Crowdsourced research: Many hands make tight work, Raphael Silberzahn& Eric L. Uhlmann, Nature, 07 October 2015 Selected quotes: "Crowdsourcing research can balance discussions, validate findings and better inform policy" Crowdsourcing research can reveal how conclusions are contingent on analytical choices. Furthermore, the crowdsourcing framework also provides researchers with a safe space in which they can ...

How Useful Are RCTs in Evaluating Transparency and Accountability Projects ?

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

by LEAVY, J., IDS Research, Evidence and Learning Working Paper, Issue 1, September 2014. 37 pages. Available as pdf Contents List of abbreviations iv 1 Introduction 1 1.1 Objectives of this review 2 2 Impact evaluation and RCTs 4 2.1 Impact evaluation definitions 4 2.1.1 Causality and the counterfactual 4 2.2 Strengths and conditions of RCTs 5 3 T&A initiatives 6 3.1 What ...