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Africa: UN Spotlights Key Role of Evaluation in New Development Agenda

Africa: UN Spotlights Key Role of Evaluation in New Development Agenda | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
The Group's new report, entitled 'Evaluation Changes Lives - Realizing Evaluation's Potential to Inform the Global Sustainable Development Goals,' focuses on topics ranging from gender equality, improving public accountability, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and protecting civilians in conflict zones.
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The publication highlights the role of capacity building for evaluation at the country level, citing the Moroccan Evaluation Association and the national monitoring and evaluation system of the Philippines as two successes.

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Publications - IDRC Books

Publications - IDRC Books | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

It analyses and documents the status of, and challenges for, development evaluation in this region. The collection covers three critical dimensions of making evaluation matter in development processes and change in South Asia: context, methods, and use.


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In this collection of articles, evaluators from South Asia share their experiences and reflections on a range of themes, highlighting issues that can contribute to international development evaluation methodologies and practices.


As the editors note in the preface:

"while evaluation practitioners in South Asia are using and adapting internationally accepted evaluation concepts and methods- and even developing innovative ones - this is not reflected in the literature."


The volume presents the results of a long process to collectively learn and communicate these experiences in order to enhance the quality of evaluation theory and practice in the region.

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New resource: the value iceberg: weighing the benefits of advocacy and campaigning

New resource: the value iceberg: weighing the benefits of advocacy and campaigning | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

The paper looks at how concepts of ‘value’ and ‘results’ are being applied to advocacy and campaigning and presents some alternative strategies for assessing advocacy.

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Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods

Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

Now offering more balance between applied research and evaluation, this Fourth Edition of Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods illuminates all aspects of qualitative inquiry through new examples, stories, and cartoons; more than a hundred new summarizing and synthesizing exhibits; and a wide range of new highlight sections/sidebars that elaborate on important and emergent issues. For the first time, full case studies are included to illustrate extended research and evaluation examples. In addition, each chapter features an extended "rumination," written in a voice and style more emphatic and engaging than traditional textbook style, about a core issue of persistent debate and controversy.

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Latest edition of the Monitoring and Evaluation classic.

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Great Online Resource: ICPSR | Knowledge Advisory Group

Great Online Resource: ICPSR | Knowledge Advisory Group | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
This website is a great place to source a variety of information, reports, and tools for finding data. ICPSR is the Inter-university Consortium for
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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, 2014 12:16 PM

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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Impact evaluation: challenges to address | Better Evaluation

Impact evaluation: challenges to address | Better Evaluation | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
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This is the first blog in the fantastic "12 months of BetterEvaluation" series, which explores evaluation challenges in a practical and accessible way. The focus this year is on how to effectively tap the growing recognition of (and funding for) impact evaluation, by addressing some technical and organizational gaps in terms of research and development, and evaluation capacity development.

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Week 52: Looking back on 52 Weeks of BetterEvaluation

Week 52: Looking back on 52 Weeks of BetterEvaluation | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

A useful round up of BetterEvaluation's weekly blogs in 2014 with links to contributions by guest bloggers.

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A wide-ranging and interesting list of topics covered on the BetterEvaluation blog series - worth scrolling through.

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Rethinking Impact Evaluation for Development - Institute of Development Studies

Rethinking Impact Evaluation for Development - Institute of Development Studies | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it

Methodological innnovation is tightly linked to the new requirements of development impact evaluation. Methods with the best current reputation are not necessarily the best at addressing the multiplicity of development outcomes, or the complex pathways towards long-term impact. This is the first of two issues exploring this issue that follow a workshop entitled "Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future" held at IDS in March 2013.

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Do impact evaluations tell us anything about reducing poverty?

Do impact evaluations tell us anything about reducing poverty? | Monitoring capacity development | Scoop.it
I recently was thinking about what impact evaluations in development can tell us about poverty reduction.  On one level this is a ridiculous question.  Most of the impact evaluations out there are designed to look at interventions to improve people's lives and the work is done in developing countries, so it follows that we are making poor people's lives better, right?   That's less obvious.    
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Interesting conclusions from an analysis of 20 recent impact evaluations of poverty reduction programmes. In this blog, Markus Goldstein highlights one of the surprising findings from his review is that despite their stated focus, "relatively few studies "provide information on whether participants and beneficiaries are poor." He calls for more effort to be paid when conducting impact evaluations to ensure that: (i) we actually talk about whether program participants are poor (fairly easy); (ii) look at differential effects by poverty level (a bit more work); and (iii) seriously think about measuring poverty as an outcome (more work) and reporting it even when the results aren’t significant.

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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, 2014 12:53 PM

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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