Measuring the impact of NGO programmes

September 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm Leave a comment

An ongoing debate focuses on how NGOs can measure the impact of their work. The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and Oxfam have recently produced a very interesting paper on this subject:

Can we obtain the required rigour without randomisation? Oxfam GB’s non-experimental Global Performance Framework (pdf)

Using examples from campaigns and other programmes, the paper sets out the challenges and options in evaluating impact and proposes four options for improving impact evaluation:

1) partnering with research institutions to rigorously evaluate “strategic” interventions;
2) pursuing more evidence informed programming;
3) using what evaluation resources they do have more effectively;
4) making modest investments in additional impact evaluation capacity.

View the paper (pdf)

Entry filed under: Campaign evaluation, General.

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