Impact Evaluation Trainings

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InterAction
Published
November 16, 2015
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Description

With financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation, InterAction developed a four-part series of guidance notes on impact evaluation, each of which is accompanied by two webinars related to the notes' contents. To access translated versions of the guidance notes, webinar recordings and presentation slides, please visit InterAction's page on this impact evaluation guidance note and webinar series.

  • Introduction to Impact Evaluation: This guidance note by Patricia Rogers, Professor of Public Sector Evaluation at RMIT University, provides an overview of impact evaluation, explaining why impact evaluation should be done, when and by whom. It describes different methods, approaches and designs that can be used for the different aspects of impact evaluation: clarifying values for the evaluation, developing a theory of how the intervention is understood to work, measuring or describing impacts and other important variables, explaining why impacts have occurred, synthesizing results, and reporting and supporting use.
  • Linking Monitoring and Evaluation to Impact Evaluation: This guidance note, by Burt Perrin, illustrates the relationship between routine M&E and impact evaluation, indicating how both monitoring and evaluation activities can support meaningful and valid impact evaluation, and even make it possible. The note also provides guidance and ideas about the various steps involved and approaches that can be used to maximize the contribution of routine M&E to impact evaluation.
  • Introduction to Mixed Methods in Impact Evaluation: This guidance note, by Michael Bamberger, begins by explaining what a mixed methods (MM) impact evaluation design is and what distinguishes this approach from quantitative or qualitative impact evaluation designs. It notes that a mixed methods approach can strengthen the reliability of data, validity of the findings and recommendations, and broaden and deepen our understanding of the processes through which program outcomes and impacts are achieved, and how these are affected by the context within which the program is implemented. The guidance note also highlights the potential applications and benefits of a mixed methods approach for NGOs.
  • Use of Impact Evaluation Results: This guidance note by by David Bonbright, Chief Executive of Keystone Accountability, highlights three themes crucial for effective utilization of evaluation results. Theme one states that use does not happen by accident. Impact evaluations are more likely to be used when uses have been anticipated and planned from the earliest stages of the evaluation, or the planning stages of the work being  evaluated. Theme two concerns the operations and systems required in an organization to use impact evaluations well. Theme three suggests that findings from impact evaluations will not be used well unless and until we reform organizational culture. The note sets out directions and principles to guide the effort of eliminating disincentives and creating incentives for adopting evaluation findings, with some guiding illustrations from current practice.
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