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

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    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.

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

    Blog
    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

  3. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 12: Having an adequate theory of change

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    21st March, 2013

    Many evaluations use a theory of change approach, which identifies how activities are understood to contribute to a series of outcomes and impacts. These can help guide data collection, analysis and reporting. But what if the theory of change is has gaps, leaves out important things – or is just plain wrong?

  4. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 41: Recommended content from the BetterEvaluation community

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    15th October, 2013

    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. 

  5. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 10: Having a theory in the theory of change

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    8th March, 2013

    There is increasing recognition that a theory of change can be useful when planning an evaluation. A theory of change is an explanation of how activities are understood to contribute to a series of outcomes and impacts. It might be called a program theory, an intervention logic, an outcomes hierarchy, or something else. It is usually represented in a diagram called a logic model, which can take various forms.

  6. Week 41: Celebrating two years since going live!

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    17th October, 2014

    Two years ago, during the European Evaluation Society conference in Helsinki, the BetterEvaluation.org website went live for public access.  We had been working with an international group of beta-partners to develop the site before this time.

    The BetterEvaluation project grew out of a realisation of the need

  7. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 52: Holiday gifts for everyone

    Blog
    20th December, 2013

    For many of us, this is a time for reflecting back on the year and exchanging gifts.  So for this final post in the 52 weeks series for 2013, we wanted to share some evaluation gifts you can keep for yourself or share with your friends and colleagues.

  8. BetterEvaluation FAQ: How do I choose a suitable theory of change?

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    22nd July, 2016

    We've been getting some great questions recently - so we're starting to share our answers through these blogs.  We'd welcome any additional suggestions for how to respond, or useful resources. Just add these to the comments box below.

    I’m wanting to do an impact evaluation. What kinds of theories should I use for developing a theory of change?

  9. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 3: Q & A about drawing logic models

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    15th January, 2013

    This week on BetterEvaluation we're presenting Questions and Answers about logic models. A logic model represents a program theory - how an intervention (such as a program, project or policy) is understood to contribute to its impacts.

  10. Illustrating models and theories of change

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    10th January, 2018

    Chris Lysy, of Lysy Design, (and also known as Fresh Spectrum's 'evaluation cartoonist'), recently made our day by storifying an example of a logic model Patricia Rogers had previously created for the UNICEF Impact Evaluation Series in Brief 2: Theory of Change. With a few simple changes, Chris has managed to turn a rather static diagram into something that is more visually appealing and understandable to stakeholders.

    He's kindly let us share it with you here, and you can find the original post along with more of Chris' writing on data design on the Lysy Design website along with help in telling the story of your data if you need it.

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