Essentials of Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Michael Quinn Patton, August 2011. Sage publications Publisher's description: "Based on Michael Quinn Patton's best-selling Utilization-Focused Evaluation, this briefer book provides an overall framework and essential checklist steps for designing and conducting evaluations that actually get used. The new material and innovative graphics present the utilization-focused evaluation process as a complex adaptive system, ...

Evaluating the Complex: Attribution, Contribution and Beyond.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Kim Forss, Mita Marra and Robert Schwartz, editors. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick. May 2011. Available via Amazon "Problem-solving by policy initiative has come to stay. Overarching policy intiatives are now standard modus operandi for governmental and non-governmental organisations. But complex policy initiatives are not only reserved for the big challenges of ...

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 ...

Purposeful Program Theory: Effective Use of Theories of Change and Logic Models

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

by Sue C. Funnell,  Patricia J. Rogers. March 2011. Available on Amazon. Product Description "Program Theory in Evaluation Practice is a ground–breaking reference that teaches how to develop an explicit causal model that links an intervention (project, program or policy) with its intended or observed impacts and using this ...

Making Evaluations Matter: a Practical Guide for Evaluators.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Authors: Cecile Kusters with Simone van Vugt, Seerp Wigboldus, Bob Williams and Jim Woodhill. 2011 “Too often evaluations are shelved, with very little being done to bring about change within organisations that requested the evaluation in the first place. This guide will explain how you can make your ...

Social Return On Investment: A practical guide for the development cooperation sector

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

by Jan Brouwers, Ester Prins and Menno Salverda (2010) , Utrecht, Context International Cooperation / Creative Commons, 60pp, ISBN 978-90-77526-06-4.  Available free online Description "Related to Cost Benefit Analyses and Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation is a new methodology called SROI; Social Return On Investment. As the term implies ...

Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills: A Practical Guide for Social Scientists

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

By James Jaccard PhD , Jacob Jacoby PhD, Guilford Press, 2010. Available on Amazon. Found courtesy of a tweet by EvalCollective. See also the book review by Brandy Pratt, Western Michigan University, Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, Volume 6, Number 14, ISSN 1556-8180, August 2010 Amazon book description:  Meeting a crucial need for ...

Research Integration Using Dialogue Methods

Friday, May 14th, 2010

David McDonald, Gabriele Bammer, Peter Deane, 2009 Download pdf Ed: Although about "research integration"  the book is also very relevant to the planning and evaluation of development projects "Research on real-world problems—like restoration of wetlands, the needs of the elderly, effective disaster response and the future of the airline industry—requires ...

“Monitoring and Evaluating Capacity Building: Is it really that difficult?’

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

By Nigel Simister with Rachel Smith. Published by INTRAC. "Whilst few doubt the importance of capacity building, and the need for effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to support this work, the M&E of capacity building is as much a challenge now as it was two decades ago. This paper examines both ...

Evaluating Climate Change and Development

Friday, February 19th, 2010

From: Juha Uitto , via the MandE NEWS email list Folks, I'd like to draw your attention to a new book, 'Evaluating Climate Change and Development', edited by Rob van den Berg and Osvaldo Feinstein. This to my knowledge is the first volume that systematically addresses issues relating to climate change from an ...