You'll find hundreds of evaluation resources on the BetterEvaluation site. Some have come from recommendations by stewards. Some have come from our writeshop project or design clinics. And there are great resources that have been recommended by BetterEvaluation users. This week we are highlighting some of these user-recommended resources, how you can find the latest new material, and how you tell us your recommendations.
You can find information about participatory evaluation on the BetterEvaluation site on an approach page (an evaluation approach is a combination of methods or options across tasks) and on the task page Decide Who Will Conduct the Evaluation.
Addressing complexity in evaluation
In response to our 52 weeks blog post on Addressing complexity in evaluation, arising from sessions at the Community of Evaluators Evaluation Conclave, David Roberts, Australia, suggested the following three resources:
- Evaluating Social Innovation, Hallie Preskill and Tanya Beer
- Evaluation in the Face of Uncertainty: Anticipating Surprise and Responding to the Inevitable by Jonathan Morell
- Using Programme Theory to Evaluate Complicated and Complex Aspects of Programmes, by Patricia Rogers
Social Network Analysis
In response to our blog post on Using Social Network Analysis, Mary Ann Durland, USA, suggested the website of the American Evaluation Association Topical Interest Group on Social Network Analysis and Will Allen, Australia, suggested Rick Davies’ paper The Use of Social Network Analysis Tools in the Evaluation of Social Change Communications.
Theory of change/program theory
You can find information about different ways of developing a theory of change on the task page ”Develop program theory/logic model” where you will also find links to information about different options for developing program theory (including backcasting) and for representing program theory (including logframes, results chains, outcomes hierarchies and realist matrices).
We are very keen to include resources in different languages such as these recommended by Glauco da Costa Knopp, Brazil:
And, we also added an interesting resource received through our own professional network:
You can find information on Evaluability Assessment under the “Themes” section of the BE site. Several resources (guides, websites, tools) are provided including this recent one:
Thank you to all the members, users and partners for bringing to our attention these and other useful guides, tools, websites and educational opportunities to add to the site.
How to suggest/recommend content
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It's also available in the title bar of option, approach, and theme pages:
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