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  1. Advocacy Matters: Helping children change their world

    Professional Development

    This guide, written by Louisa Gosling and David Cohen for the International Save the Children Alliance, is designed to support organisations to run training workshops that will enable them to carry out advocacy work.  The guide consists of two different resources, a facilitator's manual and a participants manual. It provides a range of practical and theory based exercises that allow the user to identify their specific needs and apply them to develop an advocacy strategy that suits their particular context.

  2. Doing Qualitative Field Research on Gender Norms with Adolescent Girls and Their Families


    This research and practice note offers practical advice, examples and tools to ensure gender sensitivity in evaluation and research with adolescent girls, with a focus on qualitative research methods. It describes a step-by-step process for using four innovative or visual tools for researching gender norms. It draws from experience in Ethiopia, Nepal, Uganda, and Vietnam.

  3. Using logic models and theories of change better in evaluation

    19th May, 2017

    Many evaluations include a process of developing logic models and theories of change – an explanation of how the activities of a program, project, policy, network or event are expected to contribute to particular results in the short-term and longer-term.  They have been used for many years -  versions can be seen in Carol Weiss’ 1972 book "Evaluation research: methods for assessing program effectiveness" -  and they have been mainstreamed in many organisations

  4. Impact evaluation

    Development Theme

    An impact evaluation provides information about the impacts produced by an intervention - positive and negative, intended and unintended, direct and indirect. This means that an impact evaluation must establish what has been the cause of observed changes (in this case ‘impacts’) referred to as causal attribution (also referred to as causal inference).

  5. UNICEF Webinar: Theory of Change


    What is a Theory of Change? How is it different from a logframe? Why is it such an important part of an impact evaluation?

    The third impact evaluation webinar in this series focused on Theory of Change and took place on Wednesday 15th of April and Thursday 16th of April (repeat session). This webinar series is organized by the Office of Research – Innocenti and presented by evaluation experts from RMIT University, BetterEvaluationand 3ie throughout 2015.

  6. Examples of scaffolding new methods

    Page One Column

    These examples have been contributed for discussion at the 'flipped conference' session of the American Evaluation Association to be held at 11.15am - 12 noon on Saturday November 11, 2017 in the room Thurgood Marshall East, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.  For more information about how to participate in the session, please see the overview of the session. If you'd like to share an example, please go to this page and provide details.

  7. Editing Reports for an Audience

    16th August, 2018

    Evaluation reporting is important. While there are many innovative methods to grab your audience's attention, the evaluation report is still an important vehicle to get your key messages across. In this blog, Alice Macfarlan shares her tips for editing a report draft with an audience focus in mind.

  8. Most Significant Change (MSC) Workshop, Amsterdam 1-2 October 2015

    1st October, 2015 to 2nd October, 2015

    The training is a combination of theory and practice. It will focus on helping participants to understand what MSC is, how to implement the technique, how to analyse the stories of change and ways to integrate MSC in an existing M&E system 

  9. Pathways to professionalisation- Part 2: Options for professionalisation

    20th July, 2018

    In the previous blog in this series, Greet Peersman and Patricia Rogers introduced the ‘Pathways to advance professionalisation within the context of the AES’ project and report. A major feature of this report is the exploration of 41 activities and approaches that can be used to advance the professionalisation of monitoring and evaluation, and the conclusion of this two-part series looks at these approaches in more detail. We believe these activities are likely to be of considerable interest to others who are undertaking or planning evaluation capacity strengthening activities and we encourage you to share your feedback and thoughts on these activities at the end of this blog.

  10. The Group Savings Resource Book- A Practical Guide to Help Groups Mobilize and Manage Their Savings


    This book, written by Ji-Yeune Rim & John Rouse for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides detailed guidance on setting up group savings plans.  The book is broken into two parts with the first focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of saving in a group and the constraining and enabling factors to consider when starting a group saving activity. The second part of the book focuses on various tools that can be used to collect information on the village when starting a saving activity.