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Positive Deviance (PD) refers to a behavioral and social change approach which is premised on the observation that in any context, certain individuals confronting similar challenges, constraints, and resource deprivations to their peers, will nonetheless employ uncommon but successful behaviors or strategies which enable them to find better solutions. Through the study of these individuals– subjects referred to as “positive deviants” - the PD approach suggests that innovative solutions to...
The QUIP sets out to generate differentiated evidence of impact based on narrative causal statements elicited directly from intended project beneficiaries without use of a control group. Evidence of attribution is sought through respondents’ own accounts of causal mechanisms linking X to Y alongside Z rather than by relying on statistical inference based on variable exposure to X. This narrative data is intended to complement quantitative evidence on changes in X, Y and Z obtained through routine project monitoring.
Randomised controlled trials (RCTs), or randomised impact evaluations, are a type of impact evaluation which uses randomised access to social programmes as a means of limiting bias and generating an internally valid impact estimate.
Realist evaluation is a form of theory-driven evaluation, but is set apart by its explicit philosophical underpinnings. Pawson and Tilley (1997) developed the first realist evaluation approach, although other interpretations have been developed since. Pawson and Tilley argued that in order to be useful for decision makers, evaluations need to identify ‘what works in which circumstances and for whom?’, rather than merely ‘does it work?. The complete realist question is: “What works, for...
The Success Case Method (SCM) involves identifying the most and least successful cases in a program and examining them in detail. This approach was developed by Robert Brinkerhoff to assess the impact of organizational interventions, such as training and coaching, though the use of SCM is not limited to this context. It is a useful approach to document stories of impact and to develop an understanding of the factors that enhance or impede impact. The Success Case Method deliberately looks...
Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE), developed by Michael Quinn Patton, is an approach based on the principle that an evaluation should be judged on its usefulness to its intended users. Therefore evaluations should be planned and conducted in ways that enhance the likely utilization of both the findings and of the process itself to inform decisions and improve performance.
This website from Case Western Reserve University is an online portal which aims to facilitate the sharing of academic resources and practical tools on Appreciative Inquiry (AI). Contents Intro to AI Research Practice & Management Join In News & Events Community Learning Opportunities
Rapid Action Learning for Sanitation and Hygiene Programming (No. 15; Frontiers of Sanitation, p. 21)Chambers, R., Myers, J., & Vernon, N. - n.d. - IDS
There is a glaring gap and compelling need for approaches and methods that realign to new rigour through timeliness, cost-effectiveness, relevance and being actionable. Over the past few years, the Sanitation Learning Hub, in collaboration with the Government of India, Praxis, WSSCC and WaterAid India, have been developing Rapid Action Learning approaches. Multiple approaches have been trialled, with flexible formats, but the essential criteria is that learning is timely, relevant and...
A one page summary of the realist approach to evaluation which underpins much of the work done by Community Matters is below. This summary provides a basic introduction to the key concepts of realist evaluation and gives some indication of why a realist approach can add significant value to any evaluation.
How do we know what works? Interview with Prof. Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Scientist at the World BankEvans, A. - n.d.
Dr Alice Evans and leading experts discuss growth, governance, & gender inequalities. Alice is a Lecturer at King's College London, and Faculty Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School.
This blog, by Dr David Fetterman, provides a range of resources on empowerment evaluation theory and practice. The blog includes links to videos, guides and relevant academic literature that provide a detailed analysis and discussion of using empowerment evaluation.
Community Moderation Guidelines for [Organisation] 1.0 INTRODUCTION Welcome to [the community]. We’re excited to have you as a moderator and we can’t wait for you to get started. We’ve put together this document to help guide your moderation decisions. Our goal...
Gantt Chart [ client] COMMUNITY STRATEGY- PROJECT PLAN [ client] Community Strategy, COMPANY NAME,[ client] BY RICHARD MILLINGTON, DATE, 25/ 7/ 2018 No, TASK TITLE, TASK OWNER, START DATE, DUE DATE, DURATION, PCT OF TASK COMPLETE, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, DEVELOPING THE STRATEGIC PLAN, BUILD...
Introduction to International FuturesInternational Futures at the Pardee Center - n.d. - International Futures Help System
INTERNATIONAL FUTURES HELP SYSTEM Introduction to IFs Purposes Visual Representation of IFs Issues and Modules Quick Survey of IFs Issues and Modules IFs Background IFs Geographic Representation of the World IFs Time Horizon Instructional Use Acknowledgements Feedback Support for IFs Use Development Mode Features
CARE's Failing Forward initiative is sparking opportunities to showcase the ideas that don't work so we can spend more time implementing the ones that do. It's changing the conversation inside the organization, and leading to changes in the way we design and implement programs. It's also allowing us to make connections across a global portfolio of more than 900 projects, and with new and different partners to learn from their experience.
Developing a computational intervention portfolio evaluator that allows a decision maker to compare the effects of different combinations of disease control interventions in a geographic location.
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