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Value for money and adaptive programming - Approaches, measures and management [Working Paper]Laws, E., & Valters, C. - 2021 - ODI
- The United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)’s standard economy, efficiency, effectiveness/cost-effectiveness and equity (4E) framework is still relevant for approaching, measuring and managing value for money (VfM) for adaptive programmes. • However, this framework needs to be reframed to capture and incentivise flexibility, learning and adaptation. • VfM appraisal and reporting should be done in a way that draws on beneficiary feedback and informs good...
When asserting the value of theory-based methods, you often here words like “black boxes” and “causal mechanisms.” These are commonly…
In this final blog in the series, I want to look at the potential value of rubrics. While evaluability assessments can help us to…
Windows on the world: The power of assumptions in uncertain timesAston, T. - 2020, December 23 - Medium
In my last blog on theory-based Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL), I explained why relationships matter, and how to assess change…
Program Logic Foundations: Putting the Logic Back into Program LogicHawkins, A. J. - 2020 - Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, 16(37), 38–57
Abstract Background: Program logic is one of the most used tools by the public policy evaluator. There is, however, little explanation in the evaluation literature about the logical foundations of program logic or discussion of how it may be determined if a program is logical. This paper was born on a long journey that started with program logic and ended with the logic of evaluation. Consistent throughout was the idea that the discipline of program evaluation is a pragmatic one, concerned...
A-ha! A moment etched in my memory: 20 or so researchers were...
Rules of Thumb – good idea or double-edged sword?Green, D. - 2020, October 1 - From Poverty to Power
A recent conversation with a good governance programme in Myanmar tried to identify its underlying rules of thumb. Was that a good idea?
Using middle-level theory to improve programme and evaluation design [Methods Brief]Cartwright, N. - 2020 - CEDIL
What can middle-level theory do? Middle-level theory (MLT) has several uses in development planning and evaluation. It helps predict whether a programme can be expected to work in a new setting. It offers insights into what design features are needed for success. It provides invaluable information for monitoring to see if the programme is on track and to fix problems that arise. It reveals the causal processes and related assumptions to be tested in an evaluation and helps identify...
What is Rapid Action Learning and how was it developed?Sanitation Learning Hub - 2020, September 22
To celebrate the publication of our latest Frontiers of Sanitation, we had a series of conversations with our colleagues and partners on our work on Rapid Action Learning so far. To download the publication in full, head to https://sanitationlearninghub.org/res...
How to Monitor and Evaluate an Adaptive Programme: 7 TakeawaysSikustahili, G., Adkins, J., Makongo, J., & Milligan, S. - 2020, September 18 - From Poverty to Power
Monitoring and Evaluation needs to be different to support the new generation of 'adaptive programmes' in aid. 4 M&E specialists in Tanzania explain how.
A smart new report explores how a good idea - theories of change - is distorted by the way it is implemented in the aid sector
Webinar - Sustainability Ready: what it takes to support & measure lasting changeCekan, J. - 2020, July 7 - Valuing Voices
On June 24th under GLocal’s UNConference, “Co-creating our future stories of hope and action”, Jindra Cekan, Holta Trandafili, and Isabella Jean presented their work on sustainability evaluations and exit strategies via local voices. We chaired a 2-hour discussion session on the following topics: Sustainability of global development projects and exit from them, The importance of valuing local partners’ and participants’ voices, How to embed ex-post evaluation of sustainability into the...
Big Data to Data Science -Moving from “What” to “How” in the MERL Tech Space (p. 20)Bertermann, K., Robinson, A., Bamberger, M., … Raftre, L. - 2020 - MERL Tech
This paper probes trends in the use of big data by a community of early adopters working in monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) in the development and humanitarian sectors. Qualitative analysis was conducted on data from MERL Tech conference records and key informant interviews. Findings indicate that MERL practitioners are in a fragmented, experimental phase, with use and application of big data varying widely, accompanied by shifting terminologies. We take an in-depth...
Emerging Technologies and Approaches in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning for International Development Programs (p. 20)Bruce, K., Gandhi, V. J., & Vandelanotte, J. - 2020 - MERL Tech
Emerging technology is making monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) more precise and enriching data. However, this evolution is so rapid that it can be difficult to stay informed about the field overall. This paper presents examples of emerging technology that are most often used in MERL for development programs, describes the pros and cons of their use, and discusses technology and ethics concerns that practitioners should keep in mind. The paper covers new types of data...
What We Know About Traditional MERL Tech - Insights from a Scoping Review (p. 27)Tilton, Z., Harnar, M., Raftree, L., … Behr, M. - 2020 - Western Michigan University
This paper explores the peer-reviewed evidence base of “traditional” technology-enabled monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL Tech) in international development assistance from 2015 to 2019. The authors conducted a scoping review that searched seven databases, screened 3,054 reference titles and abstracts, coded 886 abstracts, and extracted and analyzed conclusions and recommendations from the full texts of 256 studies. The findings reveal the most frequently reported...
Uncertainty and COVID-19: A turning point for Monitoring Evaluation, Research and Learning? - A discussion note for aid actors, policymakers and practitionersTyrrel, L., Roche, C., & Jackson, E. - 2020 - Abt Associates
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly shifted the context in which aid and development is being delivered. The global scale of the pandemic and the speed at which it is spreading mean that the ‘normal’ economic, ideological and organisational influences which shape (if not determine) aid delivery are in flux. This means that – for a relatively short-period – there is scope for aid actors to work collectively to embed more locally-led, politically-informed and adaptive forms of MERL in aid...
In September of 2014, USAID’s Office of Learning, Evaluation & Research (LER) awarded the Learning and Knowledge Management (LEARN) contract to Dexis Consulting Group and subcontractor RTI International.1 This document—the End of Contract Report—captures five and half years of results and reflections for our stakeholders. Our intention is to share the good and the bad, and while this report would not be considered a “tell all,” we think we have a story worth sharing, particularly to USAID...
Rethinking value for money for adaptive, politically smart programmes - Lessons from Institutions for Inclusive Development in Tanzania [Briefing note]Laws, E. - 2020 - ODI
- This short paper draws out lessons for working effectively with and through partners, based on the experience of the Institutions for Inclusive Development (I4ID) programme – an adaptive, politically smart governance programme in Tanzania. • Cultivating effective partnerships can be a key part of delivering locally legitimate projects that have the potential to create sustainable change. Adaptive and politically informed ways of working create specific opportunities and challenges for...
Process Tracing as a Practical Evaluation Method: Comparative Learning from Six EvaluationsWadeson, A., Monzani, B., & Aston, T. - 2020
Getting intentional about M&E: choosing suitable approaches for adaptive programmesManagement, G. L. for A. - 2020, February 7 - GLAM Blog
Does the choice of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approaches and tools matter for adaptive programmes? In short, yes: monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and adaptive management (AM) are intertwined. While programme monitoring data and evaluation results are not the only sources of evidence that programmes use for learning and iteration, they often are amongst most important ones — or at least they should be. Selecting what type of information to collect and analyse — and how — is...
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