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.  ...

A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Gary Goertz & James Mahoney, 2012 Princeton University Press. Available on Amazon Review of the book by Dan Hirschman Excerpts from his review: "Goertz, a political scientist, and Mahoney, a sociologist, attempt to make sense of the different cultures of research in these two camps without attempting to apply the criteria of one to ...

A move to more systematic and transparent approaches in qualitative evidence synthesis

Friday, August 31st, 2012

An update on a review of published papers. By Karin Hannes and Kirsten Macaitis  Qualitative Research 2012 12: 402 originally published online 11 May 2012 Abstract In 2007, the journal Qualitative Research published a review on qualitative evidence syntheses conducted between 1988 and 2004. It reported on the lack of explicit detail regarding ...

Connecting communities? A review of World Vision’s use of MSC

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

A report for World Vision, by Rick Davies and Tracey Delaney, Cambridge and Melbourne, March 2011. Available as pdf Background to this review "This review was undertaken by two monitoring and evaluation consultants, both with prior experience in the use of the Most Significant Change (MSC) technique. The review was commissioned by ...

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Impact Evaluation and Measuring Results

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Governance and Social Development Resource Centre. Issues Paper by Sabine Garbarino and Jeremy Holland March 2009 1 Introduction There has been a renewed interest in impact evaluation in recent years amongst development agencies and donors. Additional attention was drawn to the issue recently by a Center for Global Development (CGD) report calling ...

Using stories to increase sales at Pfizer

Friday, February 18th, 2011

by Nigel Edwards, Strategic Communications Management Vol. 15, Issue 2, Feb-March 2011. pages 30-33. Available from Cognitive Edge website, and found via a tweet by David Snowden [RD comment| This article is about the collation, analysis and use of a large volume of qualitative data, and as such has relevance to ...

The Katine Challenge: How to analyse 540+ stories about a rural development project

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The Guardian & Barclays funded and AMREF implemented, Katine Community Partnerships Project in Soroti District, Uganda is exceptional in some respects and all too common in others. It is exceptional in the degree to which its progress has been very publicly monitored since it began in October 2007. Not only have ...

Measuring Empowerment? Ask Them

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Quantifying qualitative outcomes from people’s own analysis. Insights for results-based management from the experience of a social movement in Bangladesh Dee Jupp Sohel Ibn Ali with contribution from Carlos Barahona 2010: Sida Studies in Evaluation. Download pdf Preamble Participation has been widely taken up as an essential element of development, but participation ...

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 ...

Stories vs. Statistics: The Impact of Anecdotal Data on Accounting Decision Making

Friday, May 14th, 2010

James Wainberg , Thomas Kida, James F. Smith March 12, 2010  Download pdf copy Abstract: Prior research in psychology and communications suggests that decision makers are biased by anecdotal data, even in the presence of more informative statistical data. A bias for anecdotal data can ...