We’ve enjoyed sharing TDC’s Top Resources series on our social media platforms. We hope that you’ve found these useful and informative. We wanted to compile these resources in one list in this blog post so you have an easy reference to browse based on your specific needs.
1. Introduction to Mixed Methods in Impact Evaluation
This first resource Introduction to Mixed Methods in Impact Evaluation by Michael Bamberger is part of a four-part series of notes. Learn how adopting a mixed methods approach to the evaluation process can be an asset in strengthening the validity of findings and recommendations while broadening overall understanding.
2. Monitoring & Evaluation
Our second resource, a Praxis Paper, is Monitoring & Evaluation Training by Paula Haddock. This paper examines the major challenges involved in monitoring & evaluating of trainings. It also looks at commonly used approaches to the process and shares steps to assist at each stage.
3. Participatory Program Evaluation Manual
Our third resource is the Participatory Program Evaluation Manual by Judi Aubel. This manual looks at involving program stakeholders in the evaluation process using a methodology that ensures their active involvement in all steps of the process which can contribute to organizational learning.
4. Project Cycle Management Toolkit
Our fourth resource is the Project Cycle Management Toolkit by Freer Spreckley. This toolkit serves as a practical workbook on designing, developing, managing, monitoring & evaluating regeneration & development projects. It includes best practice techniques for all the project management phases as well as diagrams, illustrations & templates.
5. Evaluating the Impact of Development Projects on Poverty
Our fifth resource is Evaluating the Impact of Development Projects on Poverty by Judy L. Baker. This is a handbook for practitioners (project managers & policy analysts) equipping them with the necessary tools to measure the outcomes of projects & program interventions targeted to the poor.
6. Emerging Practice in Managing for Development Result
Our sixth resource is Emerging Practice in Managing for Development Results by the OECD-DAC Joint Venture on Managing for Development Results. Use this sourcebook to draw inspiration based on the examples of the experiences shared by different groups as they applied the principles for managing results in their unique circumstances.
7. Ten steps to a Results-Based Monitoring & Evaluation System
Our seventh resource is Ten steps to a Results-Based Monitoring & Evaluation System by Jody Zall Kusek & Ray C. Rist. This handbook serves as a guide to design & build a results-based monitoring & evaluation (M&E) system in the public sector through a comprehensive 10 step model.
8. Guidelines for Conducting a Focus Group
Our eighth resource is Guidelines for Conducting a Focus Group by Eliot & Associates. This document provides details, instructions and checklists to conduct a high quality focus group. Many samples and examples are also included at various stages.
9. Adaptive Management: What It Means for Civil Society
Our ninth resource is Adaptive Management: What It Means for Civil Society Organisations by Bond. It is an introductory paper providing insight into adaptive management including what it is, when & why it may be appropriate & the requirements for organisations to adopt adaptive approaches.
10. Developing a Theory of Change
Our tenth resource is Developing a Theory of Change by Keystone Accountability. This guide provides steps to facilitate the development of a theory of change as part of the impact planning, assessment & learning (IPAL) method.
We hope our top resources also become some of yours. We’d also be interested in hearing about other related resources that you’ve found particularly helpful. Feel free to comment below with these.