Over the past nine years, the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in collaboration with other development agencies has been actively involved in developing and promoting the use of methodologies for monitoring and evaluating information products and services in an effort to improve project management both in-house and among its partners. In 2005, CTA along with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and a host of other institutions and individuals from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, EU, Canada, Sri Lanka and the United States produced the first version of the Smart Toolkit for Evaluating Information Products and Services.
Measuring the Impact of Results-Based Financing on Maternal and Child Health.
This World Bank toolkit offers a step-by-step guide on how to evaluate the impact of interventions, especially those related to maternal and child health and those involving results-based financing (RBF). According to its developer, the World Bank Human Development Network, the guide can also be easily adapted for impact evaluation (IE) in other fields.
3ie funds impact evaluations and systematic reviews that generate evidence on what works in development programmes and why. Evidence on development effectiveness can inform policy and improve lives of the poor.
Climate-Eval.org is the online platform of the Climate-Eval community of practice. It is a venue for members to share information on the latest development on the evaluation of climate change and development interventions.
Recently, CTA, in collaboration with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) held a training of trainers’ workshop on the Use of the Smart Toolkit for Evaluating Information Projects, Products and Services. The training was part of the fourth edition of the Information and Knowledge for Development (InK4DEV) week of activities, which was a side-event to the third Biennial RUFORUM conference. This all took place in Entebbe, Uganda on 24-28 September 2012.
The side-event offered CTA unique access to a broad group of researchers and lecturers across the Eastern Africa academic community involved in a range of research projects. It also provided an excellent opportunity for CTA to promote information and communication management and M&E tools available to support the management of information activities.
In the lead up to the training, we held a pre-course chat session primarily to support the training process, and more specifically to gauge participants’ expectations. This was followed up by a post-course chat session to determine if there was any change in their perception regarding the role of M&E in supporting them in their information-related activities. What we found was that although some participants had limited M&E experience, they caught on fast! Read our chat reports below to find out more.
This paper contains the technical and practical reflections of a statistician on the use of Randomised Control Trial designs (RCT) for evaluating the impact of development initiatives. It is divided into three parts. The first part discusses RCTs in impact evaluation, their origin, how they have developed and the debate that has been generated in the evaluation circles.
Social impact of research is difficult to measure. Attribution problems arise because of the often long time-lag between research and a particular impact, and because impacts are the consequences of multiple causes. Furthermore, there is a lack of robust measuring instruments. We aim to overcome these problems through a different approach to evaluation where learning is the prime concern instead of judging. We focus on what goes on between researchers and other actors, and so narrow the gap between research and impact, or at least make it transparent.