On this page of our website, you will find selected articles, tools, case studies, resources or links on issues relating to assessing programme effectiveness and impact. Our focus is on resources that help leaders in global civil society organisations to shape their organisation’s overall approach to assessing programme effectiveness, rather than the technical debates around which methods of evaluation of specific projects are most appropriate.
- ‘Designing for Transformative Scale: Global Lessons in What Works‘: Bridgespan, Jan 2015, 5 pages. Identifies nine alternative strategies for taking work to scale in INGOs, and three core principles that underpin them all.
- ‘Assessing Programme Quality & Effectiveness: The Board Perspective‘: Baobab, April 2016, 15 pages. Review of emerging good practice amongst the Boards of leading international NGOs, with case study examples and checklists
- Oxfam’s Global Performance Framework: link to website page with summary of Oxfam GB’s approach to assessing performance and pioneering programme of published project effectiveness reviews
- ‘A Guide to Actionable Measurement‘: Gates Foundation, 19 pages, undated. Overview of the Gates Foundation approach, with useful frameworks and discussion of the practical challenges
- ‘An Introduction to Social Innovation for NGOs‘: BOND, 2016, 23 pages. Good overview of INGO initiatives seeking to strengthen their support for innovation
- ‘A Brief Review of Monitoring and Evaluation in the Humanitarian Sector‘: ACF/CBHA, 2013, 11 pages: Useful overview of current knowledge and approaches
- ‘Pathways to Change: 10 Theories to Inform Advocacy & Policy Change‘: Centre for Evaluation Innovation, Oct 2013, 26 pages. Draws out differing beliefs that underlie different advocacy approaches, to help understand which work in which contexts
- The Advocacy Strategy Framework‘: Centre for Evaluation Effectiveness, March 2015, 12 pages. Sets out a simple tool for sharpening advocacy planning
- ‘The Art of Advocacy Strategy‘: SSIR Feb 2017, 3 pages. Three essential strategy questions for shaping advocacy priorities
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