Monitoring & Evaluation

International Advocacy Evaluation Community of Practice's Webinar: Participatory video and Most significant change

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This is a recording of the International Advocacy Evaluation Community of Practice's Webinar on September 26, 2012. During the webinar we heard from Soledad Muniz, Senior Associate at InsightShare of their use of Participatory Video and Most Significant Change Methods to conduct evaluations of women's rights and capacity building efforts in Guatemala and Uganda.

Wagging the dragon’s tail: emerging practices in participatory poverty reduction in China

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Authors: several authors for IIED

This special issue of Participatory Learning and Action focuses on China to investigate the interface between government and communities and how this is changing as a precondition to poverty eradication. Participation is becoming key to reducing poverty through improving livelihoods, at the same time as sustaining the environment, maintaining China’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity and ensuring good governance.

Social inclusion in productive safety net programmes

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Author: Combaz, E. (for GSDRC - Governance and Social Development Resource Centre)
Publication date: 2013

In this Helpdesk Research Report, GSDRC aims to answer the following question:

What has worked in achieving social inclusion in labour-intensive productive safety net programmes in the agricultural sector? Consider analysis, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Where possible, draw on evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Maximising the benefits of data and extractive industries for the poor

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Authors: Awolowo, A. & O’Keefe, E. (for DFID)
Publication date: 2013

More and more data around extractives is becoming available. Data made public, in the right format, can be used by citizens to hold governments and companies to account and drive improved development outcomes from mineral resource exploitation.

IDS: Participatory methods.org

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The Participatory Methods website provides resources to generate ideas and action for inclusive development and social change. The website is set up as an online guide, bringing together ideas, thoughts, studies, challenges, resources and other information about participatory methods.

IOB Study: Public-Private Partnership in developing countries

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Author: IOB (for the Government of the Netherlands)
Publication date: 2013

This IOB study provides insights in the variety and effectiveness of public-private partnerships (PPP). Due attention is given to the motives and rationale for relying on PPPs and the expected outcomes of PPP arrangements.

Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring and Learning Toolkit.

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Author(s): Lederach, J.P. et alii. (Kroc Institute (University of Notre Dame) & CRS)
Publication Date: 2007

The goal of this Toolkit is to improve peacebuilders’ ability to be reflective practitioners; this involves enhancing  peacebuilders’ capacity to design and impact transformative change, and track and improve upon those changes over time, in unpredictable conflict contexts. 

Making Evaluations Matter: A Practical Guide for Evaluators

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Author(s):  Cecile Kusters with Simone van Vugt, Seerp Wigboldus, Bob Williams and Jim Woodhill

Publication Date:  2011

This guide attempts to provide an overall framework with guiding principles for conducting an evaluation. The guide draws heavily on the experiences of the Centre for Development Innovation

Development, Complexity and Evolution

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Author(s): Owen Barder

Publication Date:  October 2010

This illustrative PowerPoint slide-set examines development as a complex “wicked problem” which can only be solved through evolution, not design. Recognizing that evolution requires variation and selection, the author states that “almost impossible problems” in history have only been solved through the evolution process.