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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 ...

DCED publications on M&E, M&E audits and the effectiveness of M&E standards

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

This posting is overdue. The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) has been producing a lot of material on results management this year. Here are some of the items I have seen. Practical Guidelines for Measuring Results in Women's Economic Empowerment in Private Sector Development, 2014 Assessing Systemic Change, a guide on ...

Reframing the evidence debates: a view from the media for development sector

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Abraham-Dowsing, Kavita, Anna Godfrey, and Zoe Khor. 2014. “Reframing the Evidence Debates: A View from the Media for Development Sector”. BBC Media Action. Available as pdf. This is part of BBC Media Action’s Bridging Theory and Practice series. An accompanying appendices document is available here. It includes priority research ...

CDI conference proceedings: Improving the use of M&E processes and findings

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

"On the 20th and 21st of March 2014 CDI organized her annual 'M&E on the cutting edge' conference on the topic: 'Improving the Use of M&E Processes and Findings’. This conference is part of our series of yearly ‘M&E on the cutting edge’ events. The conference was held on the 20th ...

Gender, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning – 9 new articles in pdfs

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

...in Gender & Development Volume 22, Issue 2, July 2014   Gender, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning "In this issue of G&D, we examine the topic of Gender, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) from a gender equality and women's rights perspective, and hope to prove that a good MEL system is an activist's ...

Review of evaluation approaches and methods for interventions related to violence against women and girls (VAWG)

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

[From the R4D website] Available as pdf Raab, M.; Stuppert, W. Review of evaluation approaches and methods for interventions related to violence against women and girls (VAWG). (2014) 123 pp. Summary: The purpose of this review is to generate a robust understanding of the strengths, weaknesses and appropriateness of evaluation approaches and methods ...

Incorporating people’s values in development: weighting alternatives

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi, ODI Project Note 04, June 2014. Available as pdf "Key messages: In the measurement of multidimensional well-being, weights aim to capture the relative importance of each componentto a person’s overall  well-being. The choice of weights needsto be explicit and could be used to incorporate people’sperspectives into a final metric. Stated ...

Composite measures of local disaster impact – Lessons from Typhoon Yolanda, Philippines

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

by Aldo Benini, Patrice Chataigner, 2014. Available as pdf Purpose:"When disaster strikes, determining affected areas and populations with the greatest unmet  needs is a key objective of rapid assessments. This note is concerned with the logic and scope for improvement in a particular tool, the so-called "prioritization matrix", that has increasingly ...