For an entire week four external experts were at CTA Headquarters to review, update and finalise the two manuals for ICM strategy development: the Facilitator’s Guide and the User Manual. The key results are found in the attached report.
“This article introduces a new approach to program theory evaluation called theory-based stakeholder evaluation or the TSE model for short. Most theory-based approaches are program theory driven and some are stakeholder oriented as well. Practically, all of the latter fuse the program perceptions of the various stakeholder groups into one unitary program theory. The TSE model keeps the program theories of the diverse stakeholder groups apart from each other and from the program theory embedded in the institutionalized intervention itself.
Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank 2011. Available as pdf.
"This book is a collection of narratives that serve to illustrate some not-so-obvious lessons that affected our story pilot project in Kenya. We gathered a large body of community stories that revealed what people in various communities believed they needed, what services they were getting, and what they would like to see happen in the future."
The first course on the Use of the Smart toolkit for evaluating information projects, products and services (Utilisation du Smart toolkit pour le suivi & l'évaluation) was conducted in French this year January in Dakar, Senegal. Twenty information professionals and evaluation specialists and other development actors drawn from institutions in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Congo Democratic Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritania, Guinea, Senegal and Togo took part in the course.
This paper outlines a comprehensive and flexible analytical conceptual framework to be used in the production of a case study series. The cases are expected to identify factors that help or hinder rigorous impact evaluations (IEs) from influenc ing policy and improving policy effectiveness. This framework has been developed to be adaptable to the reality of developing countries. It is aimed as an analytical- methodological tool which should enable researchers in producing case studies which identify factors that affect and explain impact evaluations' policy influence potential.
This report summarises the outline and outputs of the Conference ‘Evaluation Revisited: Improving the Quality of Evaluative Practice by Embracing Complexity’’, which took place on May 20-21, 2010. It also adds additional insights and observations related to the themes of the conference, which emerged in presentations about the conference at specific events.