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How to measure your impact as a small charity

How to measure your impact as a small charity | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
Charities can evaluate their results despite lack of funds – starting by asking themselves some pertinent questions
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How can small NGOs with limited resources use data effectively to measure their development effectiveness? This article offers some practical tips and resources.

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Juan Luis Vila Grau's curator insight, March 28, 9:53 AM

A very simple way to present the basic steps of any M&E system. If you need or you are thinking of setting up an M&E should not put it down.

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Getting the timing right in evaluation capacity building | ECDG Blog Series

What do we really mean by timing in ECD? As demonstrated by the earlier and many other ECD stories that we collected over the last few months, there are two different elements to ECD timing. First, it matters when you start ECD and how ECD is eased into the organization’s schedule. Second, it counts how you chronologically sequence the activities of which your ECD program consists.

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CDI Conference Improving the Use of M&E Processes and Findings March 20-21 2014

CDI Conference Improving the Use of M&E Processes and Findings March 20-21 2014 | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

The conference ‘Improving the Use of M&E Processes and Findings’ will be held on the 20th and 21st of March 2014 in Wageningen, the Netherlands.

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Interested participants are invited to submit case studies to facilitate the discussions. Registration can be done at: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/show/CDISeminar_ME_2014.htm
More information about the conference can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/pxhvwfs

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Mobile-based technologies for monitoring and evaluation: A practical guide | Capacity.org

Mobile-based technologies for monitoring and evaluation: A practical guide | Capacity.org | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

This publication is a practical reference guide for project managers, M&E specialists, researchers and donors interested in quick tools for monitoring and data collection.

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Download the publication at: http://www.theclearinitiative.org/mobile-based-tech.pdf

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Evaluative Thinking Literature Review « free-range evaluation blog

Evaluative Thinking Literature Review « free-range evaluation blog | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

This lit review is neither systematic nor comprehensive; however, it does provide a fairly good review of some of the more substantive engagements with the idea of evaluative thinking that have appeared in evaluation journals, books, and reports over the past few years.

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This blog post, and subsequent feedback and comments, provides a useful starting point for understanding how to build individual as well as organizational capacity to "engage in evaluation practice."

See the full post at: http://tgarchibald.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/evaluative-thinking-lit-review/

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Launch: the contribution to change guide | Event | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Launch: the contribution to change guide | Event | Overseas Development Institute (ODI) | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
This event will introduce the Contribution to Change Guide. Oxfam (on behalf of the ECB agencies) and in partnership with the University of East Anglia/OPM have produced a guide that aims to provide one reliable and practical method for...
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This event will be streamed live online (15:00 - 16:30 GMT). For registration details please go to: http://www.odi.org.uk/events/3642-contribution-change-humanitarian-evaluation

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Free, on-line professional development opportunities | Better Evaluation

Free, on-line professional development opportunities | Better Evaluation | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

This blog post highlights a range of online learning opportunities from BetterEvaluation and its partners, including EvalPartners, MEASURE Evaluation, American Evaluation Association and Quebec Evaluation Association.

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In addition to upcoming courses, the list includes links to past training materials, YouTube channels and webinar recordings that are available for free download.

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Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (P-5), UNICEF Regional Office for M.E. & N.A. Job in Amman - UNICEF - Bayt.com

Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (P-5), UNICEF Regional Office for M.E. & N.A.  Job in Amman - UNICEF - Bayt.com | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
The Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (P5 level), provides authoritative advice and cutting-edge technical expertise to the Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director, Country Offices and g...
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Core Concepts in Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks | Better Evaluation

Core Concepts in Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks | Better Evaluation | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

This resource guide covers: functions and principles, stakeholders, program logic, evaluation questions, monitoring plan, evaluation plan, data collection and management, learning and communication strategy and the format of the framework.

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Find other useful resources on the Better Evaluation website at: http://betterevaluation.org/

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Developing capacities in complex environments - Research communication experiences from Vietnam

Developing capacities in complex environments - Research communication experiences from Vietnam | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
In this thoughtful post for the Supporting Think Tank Series, Ajoy Datta recalls and reflects on his experience in Vietnam. This think piece shows how even small misunderstandings can have critical...
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This piece by ODI's Ajoy Datta provides interesting insights into factors that influenced the effectiveness (or lack therof) of a UK-supported research communication initiative by the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences. The piece highlights the challenges of research communication in highly political contexts and challenges conventional wisdom about what approaches work best. Read full blog here: http://onthinktanks.org/2013/06/17/supporting-think-tanks-series-developing-capacities-in-complex-environments-experiences-from-vietnam/

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This piece by ODI's Ajoy Datta provides interesting insights into factors that influenced the effectiveness (or lack therof) of a UK-supported research communication initiative by the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences. The piece highlights the challenges of research communication in highly political contexts and challenges conventional wisdom about what approaches work best.

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'Race against time' as 50 countries set to miss health-related MDGs

'Race against time' as 50 countries set to miss health-related MDGs | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
More than 50 countries look set to miss both millennium development goal targets for cutting mortality rates for young children and mothers by the 2015 deadline, according to a report
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This article from the Guardian's global development network includes an interactive map of key progress indicators.

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Understanding market systems: Adapting monitoring and evaluation tools for practitioners | Capacity.org

Understanding market systems: Adapting monitoring and evaluation tools for practitioners | Capacity.org | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

Synthesis of diverse consultations facilitated by USAID's SEEP network between 2010 and 2012

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The paper discusses the key obstacles in the current M&E paradigm and suggests seven principles for building "usable systemic M&E frameworks." The paper concludes with some concrete ideas and proposals to help practitioners develop their own M&E frameworks.

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Equal Access Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation toolkit | Better Evaluation

Equal Access Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation toolkit | Better Evaluation | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

This toolkit aims to support communication-for-development organizations to critically reflect on their work.

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The six-module toolkit takes organizations through the process of including external stakeholders in their monitoring and evaluation work. The toolkit  mostly makes us of qualitative approaches in order to better capture "new and unexpected" insights into the subtle processes that are involved in social change. The toolkit can therefore be used to enrich more conventional quantitative evaluation methodologies.

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Working Rigorously with Stories - Impact Story Tool

Working Rigorously with Stories - Impact Story Tool | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

An evaluation tool that encourages respondents to think about the degree to which a programme contributed towards change, with a mechanism for verifying such "impact stories."


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Stories are not often considered to offer robust evidence of impact of a development evaluation. This new tool aims to provide guidance for developing rigorous "impact stories" that could be used as part of an evaluation. The methodology guides project participants through the process of sharing "examples of changes in skills, knowledge, attitudes, motivations, individual behaviors or organizational practice."
A link to the full paper introducing the methodology, co-authored by B. WIlliams and T. Chilaika, is also provided.

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Olivia Millard's curator insight, February 18, 9:16 AM

This looks like it could be really useful! Stories are often the best way to help others (decision-makers and donors, for instance) understand the value of things like learning networks. But how do we make those stories resonate for skeptics, and for those who are focused on the bottom line?

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Advocating for evaluation - a toolkit | MY M&E

Advocating for evaluation - a toolkit | MY M&E | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

The toolkit contains guidance and tools on how to plan, design, implement, monitor and evaluate advocacy strategies to promote national evaluation policies and systems that are equity-focused and gender-responsive. 

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This toolkit aims to support evidence-based policymaking, transparency and learning by helping users understand the role of advocacy in increasing demand for evaluation.


The toolkit provides a series of incremental steps that can be taken to effectively advocate for national evaluation policies and systems that are equity-focused and gender-responsive. 

The book can be downloaded for free at: http://www.mymande.org/sites/default/files/toolkit/UNICEF%20NY_Advocating%20for%20Evaluation_Web_1.pdf

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From Poverty to Power by Duncan Green » Blog Archive » How do you measure the difficult stuff (empowerment, resilience) and whether any change is attributable to your role?

From Poverty to Power by Duncan Green » Blog Archive » How do you measure the difficult stuff (empowerment, resilience) and whether any change is attributable to your role? | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

In one of his grumpier moments, Owen Barder recently branded me as ‘anti-data’, which (if you think about it for a minute) would be a bit weird foranyone working in the development sector. The real issue is of course, what kind of data tell you useful things about different kinds of programme, and how you collect them. If people equate ‘data’ solely with ‘numbers’, then I think we have a problem.

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Are enabling environments in evaluation actually disabling?

Are enabling environments in evaluation actually disabling? | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
This question is one that has been lingering in the weeks after AEA’s Evaluation 2013 Conference. First, let me just say that my debut experience at a national AEA conference was spectacular....
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INTRAC's new blended learning course on monitoring and evaluation (Feb-April 2014)

Do you need to build effective monitoring and evaluation into project and programme work for both accountability and learning? This programme will strengthen your skills in supporting the monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes from programme design through to evaluation.

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To learn more about the course or download an application form please go to:  http://www.intrac.org/events.php?action=event&id=476#sthash.JppxUZO3.dpuf

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To learn more about the course or download an application form please go to:  http://www.intrac.org/events.php?action=event&id=476#sthash.JppxUZO3.dpuf

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When we (rigorously) measure effectiveness, do we want accountability or learning? Update and dilemmas from an Oxfam experiment.

When we (rigorously) measure effectiveness, do we want accountability or learning? Update and dilemmas from an Oxfam experiment. | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
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In this blog, an Oxfam staffer attempts to synthesize some lessons from a two year project at the organization to better understand and communicate a better at understanding and communicate the effectiveness of its work globally. At the heart of this investigation is exploring monitoring tools that can help address the "...inherent tension between organisational accountability and programme learning." 

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Capacity Development Jobs: M&E Specialist – Nairobi with relocation to Somalia when situation permits - United Nations Jobs

Capacity Development Jobs: M&E Specialist – Nairobi with relocation to Somalia when situation permits - United Nations Jobs | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (JPLG ) – Nairobi with relocation to Somalia when situation permits http://t.co/CAs18sui4X
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Context Matters for Size: Why External Validity Claims and Development Practice Don't Mix - Working Paper 336 | Center For Global Development

This CGD paper examines how policymakers and practitioners should interpret the impact evaluation literature when presented with conflicting experimental and non-experimental estimates of the same intervention across varying contexts.

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Paper can be downloaded at: http://www.cgdev.org/publication/context-matters-size-why-external-validity-claims-and-development-practice-dont-mix

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A pragmatic guide to monitoring and evaluating research communications using digital tools

A pragmatic guide to monitoring and evaluating research communications using digital tools | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
M&E of research communications isn’t easy. Given the complexity of policy cycles, examples of one particular action making a difference are often disappointingly rare, and it is even harder to ...
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A quick guide to qualitative and quantitative tools for monitoring the influence of knowledge organizations.

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Evaluating capacity development results: A practical guide | Capacity.org

Evaluating capacity development results: A practical guide | Capacity.org | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

The 17 guidance notes in this publication explain and demonstrate how to assess capacity development efforts by reviewing and documenting the results of ongoing or completed capacity development activities, projects, programs or broader strategies.

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The Guide is based on the World Bank Institute's Capacity Development and Results Framework (CDRF), which was designed to provide a systematic approach and a set of tools for development practitioners to design a rigorous yet flexible capacity development strategy. The CDRF can be used both to test programme logic ex ante, and to measure and evaluate results ex post.

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From Poverty to Power by Duncan Green » Blog Archive » When/how does aid help Africa’s public services work better?

From Poverty to Power by Duncan Green » Blog Archive » When/how does aid help Africa’s public services work better? | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
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Review of new ODI publication: "Unblocking results: using aid to address governance constraints in public service delivery." The paper presents the results of a study that analysed the role of aid agencies "when things go well" based on four success stories in Tanzania, SIerra Leone and Uganda.

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Two-part webinar recording on Monitoring and Evaluation for Community-Based Adaptation: Unpacking the CARE PMERL and ARCAB approaches and their inter-connection

Two-part webinar recording on Monitoring and Evaluation for Community-Based Adaptation: Unpacking the CARE PMERL and ARCAB approaches and their inter-connection | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
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The webinars present two participatory methodologies for developing and monitoring against community-based adaptation (CBA) indicators, enabling local stakeholders to articulate their own needs, a fundamental part of building and strengthening adaptive capacity.

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