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Assessing the value of evaluations

What’s an appropriate amount of money to spend on an evaluation?  It’s a difficult question to answer. It’s difficult because it depends.

It depends on how big the programme is that you want to evaluate. It depends on the magnitude of the decision the evaluation is contributing to.  It depends on whether the evaluation might generate benefits beyond the …

Evaluating complex change across projects and contexts: Methodological lessons from a macro evaluation of DFID’s social accountability portfolio

This blog is part of a series of blogs aimed at sharing our experiences with DFID’s macro evaluations. Background information about the macro evaluations as well as details on the methodology applied can be found here.
In April 2016, we presented methodological lessons from our macro evaluation of DFID’s Empowerment and Accountability policy frame at the UK …

The ‘almost revolution’ of thinking and working politically

Last week, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of stimulating hours with colleagues at ODI discussing where we have got to with the “almost revolution” of thinking and working politically, and where we need to go from here.  The discussion with policy-makers (DFID), practitioners and researchers was held to reflect on the experience presented in David Booth …

What has DFID funded in the area of Empowerment and Accountability and Gender equality?

The answer is not as straightforward as you may think. We had to figure it out whilst working on two evaluations for DFID, one of its gender policy – the Strategic Vision for Girls and Women, and the other of its Empowerment and Accountability policy. We needed to understand how these policies are reflected in DFID projects, and we also wanted to put the …

Getting to grips with the DFID Macro Evaluations

We were absolutely elated when, in February 2014, DFID awarded Itad, on behalf of the ePact consortium, the contract to conduct macro evaluations of their gender policy – the Strategic Vision for Girls and Women – and their Empowerment and Accountability policy.
Our initial reaction
Both macro evaluations are high profile, challenging pieces of work, but for …

Evaluating and Verifying Payment by Results Programmes

Highlights of the discussion about verification and evaluation of Payment By Results in our chat show at the UK Evaluation Society Conference.

A session at the UK Evaluation Society conference in May 2015 compared two Payment by Results (PbR) programmes in different sectors. The discussion revealed that although PbR programmes can be set up in very different …

Introducing DFID WASH Results

By 2015 the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation will be halved (according to Millennium Development Goal 7c.) Yet, millions of people worldwide still lack access to improved water supply and the sanitation target is severely off track.

The DFID WASH Results Programme aims to support poor people to …

Itad begins work on the Private Enterprise Programme Ethiopia (PEPE)

Itad is providing strategic monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and results management services to the UK Department for International Development’s Private Enterprise Programme, Ethiopia (PEPE).

PEPE is a seven year programme which aims to support private sector development by improving firms’ access to finance and addressing market and government failures in …