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Innovating for inclusive rigour in peacebuilding evaluationApgar, M., Báez-Silva, Á. M., Deng, A. C., … Wingender, L. - 2022, April 22 - Institute of Development Studies
Inclusive and rigorous peacebuilding evaluation is both vital and complex. In this blog we share examples of how we are innovating our methodologies to move towards participatory and adaptive practice.
Getting serious about systems change
Lessons Learned From the Use of the Most Significant Change Technique for Adaptive Management of Complex Health InterventionsOhkubo, S., Mwaikambo, L., Salem, R. M., … Sharma, M. K. - 2022 - Global Health: Science and Practice, 10(1)
Introduction:The Most Significant Change (MSC) technique is a complex-aware monitoring and evaluation tool, widely recognized for various adaptive management purposes. The documentation of practical examples using the MSC technique for an ongoing monitoring purpose is limited. We aim to fill the current gap by documenting and sharing the experience and lessons learned of The Challenge Initiative (TCI), which is scaling up evidence-based family planning (FP) and adolescent and youth sexual...
Theory of Change Workbook: A Step-by-Step Process for Developing or Strengthening Theories of Change [Text]Salib, M. - 2022 - USAID
While over time theories of change have become synonymous with simple if/then statements, a strong theory of change should actually be a much more detailed, context-specific articulation of how we *theorize* change will happen under a program.
Monitoring and evaluation for thinking and working politicallyAston, T., Roche, C., Schaaf, M., & Cant, S. - 2022 - Evaluation, 28(1), 36–57
This article explores the challenges of monitoring and evaluating politically informed and adaptive programmes in the international development field. We assess the strengths and weaknesses of some specific evaluation methodologies which have been suggested as particularly appropriate for these kinds of programmes based on scholarly literature and the practical experience of the authors in using them. We suggest that those methods which assume generative causality are particularly well...
Getting Real about Unknowns in Complex Policy Work (RISE Working Paper No. 21/083)Andrews, M. - 2021 - Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE)
As with all public policy work, education policies are demanding. Policy workers need to ‘know’ a lot—about the problems they are addressing, the people who need to be engaged, the promises they can make in response, the context they are working in, and the processes they will follow to implement. Most policy workers answer questions about such issues within the structures of plan and control processes used to devise budgets and projects. These structures limit their knowledge gathering,...
DPPD Handbook. A step-by-step guide for development practitioners to apply the Data Powered Positive Deviance methodDPPD - 2021 - DPPD Initiative
The Method Positive Deviance (PD) is based on the observation that in every community or organization, there are a few individuals who achieve significantly better outcomes than their peers, despite having similar challenges and resources. These individuals are referred to as positive deviants, and adopting their solutions is what is referred to as the PD approach¹. The method described in this Handbook follows the same logic as the PD approach but uses pre-existing, non-traditional data...
Lessons Learned from Applying the Data Powered Positive DeviancePawelke, A., Glücker, A., Albanna, B., & Boy, J. - 2021 - DPPD
This report presents six learnings from four pilot projects conducted by the Data Powered Positive Deviance (DPPD) initiative, a global collaboration between the GIZ Data Lab, the UNDP Accelerator Labs Network, the University of Manchester Center for Digital Development, and UN Global Pulse Lab Jakarta. The pilots seek out grassroots solutions to development challenges that range from the interaction between livestock farming and deforestation to gender-based violence and insecurity in dense...
Learning through and about Contribution Analysis for impact evaluationApgar, M., & Ton, G. - 2021, September 10 - Institute of Development Studies
Over the past five years, colleagues from the Centre for Development Impact – a joint initiative between the Institute of Development Studies, Itad and University of East Anglia - have been innovating with and learning how to use Contribution Analysis as an overarching approach to impact evaluation. In this blog series, we share our learning and insights, some of them in raw emergent form, highlight the complexities, nuances, excitements, and challenges of embracing new ways of doing impact evaluation.
Development Policy and Impact Evaluation: Learning and Accountability in Private Sector DevelopmentTon, G. - 2021 - In Handbook of Development Policy - Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
There is broad recognition of the challenges in evaluating policy and programmes on their contribution to sustainable development. Impact evaluations of PSD programmes are carried out at the behest of a particular configuration of interest groups with different expectations. Some groups want to know whether a programme has worked, others want to know how to do these programmes better, others fear that PSD programmes might result in sub-optimal or adverse development outcomes in recipient...
In all the jobs I have held, the only training that has ever stayed with me was a three-day course on logframes, held in a very pleasant beach hotel on Fiji’s beautiful coral coast. This was a few months after I joined what was then the Overseas Development Administration, DFID’s forerunner. Three days on logframes. Yes really. Our Pacific team were gathered together to learn this new skill. The course was designed not only to help us think rigorously about how change happens, but also to...
Energy Governance in Developing Countries — A New Approach (p. 9) [Briefing]Mcculloch, N. - 2021 - The Policy Practice & Chemonics
In 2015, leaders from around the world agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. The seventh goal (SDG7) is: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” In the same year, the world’s leaders concluded the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change, which will require a global transition in the energy sector away from the use of fossil fuels. Yet, despite growing investments in clean energy in many developing countries, the...
Why Tackling Energy Governance in Developing Countries Needs a Different Approach (p. 30)McCulloch, N. - 2021 - The Policy Practice & Chemonics
Global efforts to improve energy access and quality and to tackle climate change need a different approach to addressing poor energy governance. In 2015, leaders from around the world agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030.1 The seventh goal (SDG7) is “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” In the same year, the world’s leaders concluded the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change, which will require a global...
Applying Systems Thinking to Education: The RISE Systems FrameworkSpivack, M. - 2021 - Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE)
Many education systems in low- and middle-income countries are experiencing a learning crisis. Many efforts to address this crisis do not account for the system features of education, meaning that they fail to consider the ways that interactions and feedback loops produce outcomes. Thinking through the feedback relationships that produce the education system can be challenging. The RISE Education Systems Framework, which is sufficiently structured to give boundaries to the analysis but...
Impact Evidence and Beyond: Using Evidence to Drive Adoption of Humanitarian Innovations (Scaling Series, p. 75)Dodgson, K., & Crowley, C. - 2021 - Elrha
This learning paper provides guidance to humanitarian innovators on how to use evidence to enable and drive adoption of innovation. Innovation literature and practice show time and time again that it is difficult to scale innovations. Even when an innovation is demonstrably impactful, better than the existing solution and good value for money, it does not automatically get adopted or used in mainstream humanitarian programming. Why do evidence-based innovations face difficulties in scaling...
Let’s Take the Con Out of Randomized Control Trials in Development (CID Faculty Working Paper No. 399; p. 40)Pritchett, L. - 2021 - Center for International Development, Harvard University
The enthusiasm for the potential of RCTs in development rests in part on the assumption that the use of the rigorous evidence that emerges from an RCT (or from a small set of studies identified as rigorous in a “systematic” review) leads to the adoption of more effective policies, programs or projects. However, the supposed benefits of using rigorous evidence for “evidence based” policy making depend critically on the extent to which there is external validity. If estimates of causal impact...
Theory-Based Approaches to Evaluation: Concepts and PracticesTreasury Board of Canada Secretariat - 2021 - Government of Canada
This document introduces some of the key concepts of theory-based approaches to evaluation. It is hoped that readers will be encouraged by the information and advice provided in this document and will explore the use (e.g., through pilot evaluations) of theory-based approaches to evaluation in a federal setting. To support this, Sections 1.0 to 8.0 of the document describe the general application of theory-based approaches to evaluation, and Sections 9.0 and 10.0 discuss the potential...
The Future of Development: “Make Happen” with Portfolios of OptionsCHÔRA Foundation - 2021 - CHÔRA Foundation
This Green Paper intends to review key elements of the problem that Development actors will confront as a new decade opens up ahead of us. It will articulate a solution that we believe should become an inherent feature of Development programs and initiatives. This is the outcome of an intense period of experiences and reflections in the Development space across different geographies and institutional mandates and activities, during which the Foundation has collaborated with institutions such...
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...
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