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  1. Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods: Integrating Theory and Practice

    Resource
    Guide
    2014

    Drawing on more than 40 years of experience conducting applied social science research and program evaluation, author Michael Quinn Patton has crafted the most comprehensive and systematic book on qualitative research and evaluation methods, inquiry frameworks, and analysis options available today. Now offering more balance between applied research and evaluation, this Fourth Edition 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.

  2. UNICEF Webinar: Overview of Data Collection and Analysis Methods in Impact Evaluation

    Resource
    Overview
    2015

    What is the value of using mixed methods in impact evaluation? What methods and designs are appropriate for answering descriptive, causal and evaluative questions?

  3. AEA eStudy 053: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Planning for Programs/Projects

    Event
    Webinar
    16th February, 2015 to 25th February, 2015
    Online
    Paid

    Presented by Scott Chaplowe, this eStudy introduces six key planning steps for a successful monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system: 1) Identify the purpose and scope of the M&E system; 2) Plan for data collection and management; 3) Plan for data analysis; 4) Plan for information reporting and utilization; 5) Plan for M&E human resources and capacity building; 6) Prepare the M&E budget.  This 6-step approach has been designed to guide programming at the community, regional and national levels. While informed by international programs/projects, it is also very appropriate for domestic (US) programs and projects – wherever M&E is needed for reliable and useful information and reporting to inform for program management and uphold performance accountability.

  4. Word Cloud

    Synonyms: 
    tag cloud

    Word clouds or tag clouds are graphical representations of word frequency that give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in a source text. The larger the word in the visual the more common the word was in the document(s). This type of visualization can assist evaluators with exploratory textual analysis by identifying words that frequently appear in a set of interviews, documents, or other text. It can also be used for communicating the most salient points or themes in the reporting stage. 

  5. Big Data for Development: Challenges & Opportunities

    Resource
    Discussion paper
    2012

    This white paper by UN Global Pulse examines the use of Big Data in development contexts. Using a number of examples, it highlights how this data type can be leveraged to provide early warnings of disruptions and crises, and can give real-time awareness and feedback of situations and interventions. It also delves into a conversation about the implications of Big Data use.

  6. BetterEvaluation FAQ: How do you go about analyzing data that has been collected from respondents via a questionnaire?

    Blog
    1st September, 2016

    In this edition of the BE FAQ blog, we address a question that comes up quite often: How do you go about analysing data that has been collected from respondents via a questionnaire?

  7. Using Social Media for Public Engagement Evaluation and Feedback: Analysing Quality of Public Engagement Experience Data from Tripadvisor and Twitter

    Event
    Workshop
    8th March, 2016
    United Kingdom
    Paid

    Have you begun thinking about analysing social media for feedback and evaluation about your organisation and its activities? This publicly available source of data can offer great value in terms of gaining insights into the views and experiences of your customers and audiences. However, social media also bring with them specific methodological and practical issues that must be taken into account to gain accurate evaluation results. This workshop presents cutting edge knowledge about such data, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of different options. The event provides practical solutions alongside important ‘health warnings’ about the limitations of this kind of data.

  8. Excel for Evaluation

    Resource
    Guide
    2012

    This website, created by Ann Emery, provides a series of short videos on using Microsoft Excel to analyze data. The tutorials cover tips, tricks and techniques useful for beginner-level and intermediate-level users, ranging from importing data to creating charts.

  9. Participatory Sense-Making for Evaluators: Data Parties and Dabbling in the Data

    Event
    Webinar
    14th June, 2016
    Online
    Paid

    Data parties (also known as sense-making sessions, results-briefings, and data-driven reviews) play an important role in promoting evaluation use, but there is little information available on how to conduct one.  In this interactive webinar learn how to facilitate participatory analysis and organize a data party, as well as tips and techniques that set the stage for success.