PROCESS TRACING: Oxfam’s Draft Protocol

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Undated, but possibly 2012. Available as pdf Background: "Oxfam GB has adopted a Global Performance Framework.  Among other things, this framework involves the random selection of samples of closing or sufficiently mature projects under six outcome areas each year and rigorously evaluating their performance.  These are referred to as Effectiveness Reviews.  ...

Addressing attribution of cause and effect in small n impact evaluations: towards an integrated framework

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Howard White and Daniel Phillips,  International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, Working Paper 15, May 2012 Available as MSWord doc Abstract With the results agenda in the ascendancy in the development community, there is an increasing need to demonstrate that development spending makes a difference, that it has an impact. This requirement to ...

BROADENING THE RANGE OF DESIGNS AND METHODS FOR IMPACT EVALUATIONS

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Report of a study commissioned by the  Department for International Development. Working Paper 38, April 2012. Available as pdf (Copy of email) "All I would like to draw your attention to this important and interesting report by Elliot Stern and colleagues, commissioned by Evaluation Department and Research Division through DFID’s policy research ...

BEHIND THE SCENES: MANAGING AND CONDUCTING LARGE SCALE IMPACT EVALUATIONS IN COLOMBIA

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

by Bertha Briceño, Water and Sanitation Program, World Bank; Laura Cuesta, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Orazio Attanasio, University College London December 2011, 3ie Working Paper 14, available as pdf "Abstract: As more resources are being allocated to impact evaluation of development programs,the need to map out the utilization and influence of evaluations has ...

Can we obtain the required rigour without randomisation? Oxfam GB’s non-experimental Global Performance Framework

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Karl Hughes, Claire Hutchings, August 2011. 3ie Working Paper 13. Available as pdf. [found courtesy of @3ieNews] Abstract "Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the international development sector need credible, reliable feedback on whether their interventions are making a meaningful difference but they struggle with how they can practically access it. Impact evaluation is research ...

Measuring Impact: Lessons from the MCC for the Broader Impact Evaluation Community

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

William Savedoff and Christina Droggitis, Centre for Global Development, Aug 2011. Available as pdf (2 pages) Excerpt: "One organization that has taken the need for impact evaluation seriously is the Millennium Challenge Corporation. The first of the MCC programs came to a close this fiscal year, and in the next year the ...

Towards a Plurality of Methods in Project Evaluation: A Contextualised Approach to Understanding Impact Trajectories and Efficacy

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Michael Woolcock, January 2009, BWPI Working Paper 73 Abstract "Understanding the efficacy of development projects requires not only a plausible counterfactual, but an appropriate match between the shape of impact trajectory over time and the deployment of a corresponding array of research tools capable of empirically discerning such a trajectory. At present, ...

Impact Evaluation in Practice

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Paul J. Gertler, Sebastian Martinez, Patrick Premand, Laura B. Rawlings, Christel M. J. Vermeersch, World Bank, 2011 Impact Evaluation in Practice is available as downloadable pdf, and can be bought online. "Impact Evaluation in Practice presents a non-technical overview of how to design and use impact evaluation to build more ...

Learning how to learn: eight lessons for impact evaluations that make a difference

Friday, April 15th, 2011

ODI Background Notes, April 2011. Authors: Ben Ramalingam "This Background Note outlines key lessons on impact evaluations, utilisation-focused evaluations and evidence-based policy. While methodological pluralism is seen as the key to effective impact evaluation in development, the emphasis here is not methods per se. Instead, the focus ...

Sound expectations: from impact evaluations to policy change

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

3ie Working paper # 12, 2011, by Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) Emails: vweyrauch@cippec.org, gdiazlangou@cippec.org Abstract "This paper outlines a comprehensive and flexible analytical conceptual framework to be used in the production of a case study series. The cases are expected to identify factors that ...