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Real-Time Evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative. Synthesising Report 2007-2013 - norad.no

Real-Time Evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative. Synthesising Report 2007-2013 - norad.no | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
Now @noradno Norway International Climate & Forest Initiative eval http://t.co/1GyrqdDeeh @OECD_ENV @OECDdev @cchangecop @SolheimDAC #REDD
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Data Collection & Analysis Video

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This video guide from UNICEF looks at the issues involved  in choosing and using data collection and analysis methods for impact evaluations.
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Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)

Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
This video guide, produced by UNICEF, summarises the key features of RCTs with a particular emphasis on their use in impact evaluation.
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Overview: Strategies for Causal Attribution

Overview: Strategies  for Causal Attribution | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
This guide, written by Patricia Rogers for UNICEF, looks at the process of causal attribution with a particular emphasis on its use in impact evaluation.
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Participatory Approaches

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This guide, written by Irene Guijt for UNICEF, looks at the use of participatory approaches in impact evaluation. Using participatory approaches means involving stakeholders, particularly those affected by intervention, in the evaluation process.
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Video 3: What are the challenges in the field of impact evaluation? - YouTube

Speaker: Thomas de Hoop, Research and Evaluation Specialist, American Institutes for Research. American Institutes for Research is a member of 3ie.
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3ie Impact Evaluation Report 15-3ie:International Initiative for Impact Evaluation | Evaluating Impact, Informing Policy, Improving Lives

3ie Impact Evaluation Report 15-3ie:International Initiative for Impact Evaluation | Evaluating Impact, Informing Policy, Improving Lives | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it

A youth wage subsidy experiment for South Africa

3ie Impact Evaluation Report 15, 2014

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This report summarises the findings of an voucher-based RCT aimed at getting youth in fulltime employment. The effect was significant and persisted a year after the vouchers lapsed

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Evaluation for Better Results | Asian Development Bank

Evaluation for Better Results | Asian Development Bank | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
This book marks 10 years of independent evaluation at the Asian Development Bank. It shares the journey to organizational and financial independence of evaluation and the transformation in evaluation approaches to effectively support accountability and learning. The book captures how evaluation is advancing from largely ex post assessments of programs and projects to a varied set of forward-looking and real time tools and innovations in evaluation methods.
DfID Regional Directorate's insight:

The best of 10 years of evaluation; evolution, lessons learning and current state of the field

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Twelve tips for selling randomised controlled trials to reluctant policymakers and programme managers | Evidence Matters | Improving development policy and practice

Twelve tips for selling randomised controlled trials to reluctant policymakers and programme managers | Evidence Matters | Improving development policy and practice | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
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In a sequel to What Can Go Wrong with RCTs? Howard White offers his top tips for selling RCTs to reluctant policy makers and programme managers

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The strange case of missing textbook impacts

The strange case of missing textbook impacts | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
Public programs are designed on assumptions - nice, tidy, convenient assumptions. Then they hit the real world and very little goes as planned. The culprit, some philosophically inclined would argue, is human behavior.
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Textbooks only work when used - understanding why textbooks in Sierra Leone were left in the cupboards

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Evaluating Impacts of Peacebuilding Interventions

Evaluating Impacts of Peacebuilding Interventions | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
Author, Copyright Holder: Diana Chigas, Madeline Church and Vanessa Corlazzoli, CDA, Saferworld, Search for Common Ground and DFID Purpose and Intended Use of this Document  DFID's 2009 Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Framework outlined an...
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Guidance for the design of qualitative case study evaluation

Guidance for the design of qualitative case study evaluation | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
This guide, written by Professor Frank Vanclay of the Department of Cultural Geography, University of Groningen, provides notes on planning and implementing qualitative case study research.
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We are getting increasing number of questions about improving qualitative evaluative inquiry and such papers are very welcome

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Toolkit for gender sensitive participatory evaluations - Part I (overview)

Toolkit for gender sensitive participatory evaluations - Part I (overview) | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
This presentation, given by Ranjani Murthy for the Institute of Social Studies Trust, is the first of a four part series that looks at the various participatory evaluation tools that can be used in gender-sensitive and quality focused evaluations.
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Do mobile SMS reminders affect medical treatment? - YouTube

A recently published study, co-authored by Heather Lanthorn, tests the effectiveness of SMS reminders on increasing patient completion of malaria medication ...
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Causal Attribution Video

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This video guide, produced by UNICEF, outlines three broad strategies for causal attribution: 1) estimating the counterfactual; 2) checking the consistency of evidence for the causal relationships made explicit in the theory of change; and 3) ruling...
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Evaluative Reasoning

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This guide, written by Jane Davidson for UNICEF, looks at the use of evaluative reasoning in impact evaluation.
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How Useful are RCTs in Evaluating Transparency & Accountability? - Making All Voices Count

How Useful are RCTs in Evaluating Transparency & Accountability? - Making All Voices Count | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
MT @beryl_leach: Jen Leavy IDs when RCTs work well&not in #transparency http://t.co/RIKOk4j1mE @3ieNews @Jo_Puri @jenniferleavy
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Systematic Triangulation Applied to the Identification of Evaluation Findings

Systematic Triangulation Applied to the Identification of Evaluation Findings | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
This webinar, presented by Carlo Carugi for the Global Environment Facility Independent Evaluation Office (GEOIEO), discusses some of the common challenges of in country level evaluations, the procedures for systematic triangulation, and lessons...
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Managers through classroom training?

Managers through classroom training? | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
Business training programs are a popular tool used by policy-makers to promote SME growth. However, recent evidence suggests that these programs ra...
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Impact Evaluation of Improved Cooking Stoves in Burkina Faso

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Despite high and persistent uptake, wood fuel savings were less than envisioned

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New Study Underscores Disaster Prevention and Climate Action | Asian Development Bank

Countries in Asia and the Pacific should ramp up preventive measures to avert disasters from floods, storms, droughts and heat waves, in addition to better measures in response to these events, says a new paper from Independent Evaluation at the ADB.
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Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Impact Evaluation in Transport

I was recently invited to speak at the biannual infrastructure retreat of the IADB and was excited to learn that they had decided to devote two days of their retreat to discussing the development of an impact evaluation (IE) program in the...
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Review of IE on transport

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

Review of evaluation approaches and methods for interventions related to violence against women and girls (VAWG) | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
This paper, written by Michaela Raab and Wolfgang Stuppert for the UK Department for International Development (DfID), assesses the strengths, weaknesses and appropriateness of a variety of approaches that have been used to evaluate programs aimed...
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Case Study Evaluations - World Bank

Case Study Evaluations - World Bank | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
This guide, written by Linda G. Morra and Amy C. Friedlander for the World Bank, provides guidance and advice on the use of case studies.
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Field Guide for Evaluation

Field Guide for Evaluation | Evaluation Digest | Scoop.it
This guide from Pact provides detailed guidance on each part of the evaluation process. The guide is designed in a set of modules that include examples, resources and exercises to ensure a complete undderstanding of all facets of an evaluation.
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