Posts filed under ‘Evaluation tools (surveys, interviews..)’
Check out the Tools page that features some 80 participatory tools.
Here is a description of the toolbox from ActionAid:
The Reflection-Action Toolbox is an online platform which enable people to connect around how participatory tools and processes are used in practice. The aim is to create a global community of practice and provide an opportunity for M&E practitioners to access range of participatory tools, promote shared learning about added value of these tools, challenges faced, adaptations and innovations made in different contextual realities where applied.
Image from the Power Flower tool!
A very interesting event is scheduled for February 20-21 2017 in London; the Future of technology for monitoring, evaluation, research and learning – MERL TECH; learn more about the event>>
The NGO Saferworld has published a very interesting Learning Paper (pdf) on their approach to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) focused on the field level. What is interesting in their paper, is that they explain some of the challenges they faced with reporting and logframes and the approaches they adopted consequently – adapting such tool as outcome harvesting and outcome mapping. Also for those interested in advocacy evaluation, many of the examples featured are from evaluating advocacy activities.
From the SurveyMonkey blog, a useful article on increasing survey completion rates.
Based on an analysis from 25,000 surveys, some of their conclusions state the obvious (i.e. the longer the survey the lower the response rate….) but here are five tips from the article I found useful:
- Starting a survey with an open-ended questions reduces completion rates
- Starting a survey with a simple easy-to-answer closed question will facilitate completion rates
- Placing open-ended questions towards the end of the survey is better than at the start of the survey
- A matrix or rating style questions doesn’t reduce completion rates – but too many of them do
- Each additional word in a question text has a direct negative effect on completion rates
A new publication has been released by Donor Committee for Enterprise Development providing practical advice for selecting sample sizes (pdf). The publication is particularly useful for considering sampling issues for online surveys and provides a lot of good advice and tips.
Here are two new advocacy evaluation tools from the Center for Evaluation Innovation:
The Advocacy Strategy Framework (pdf): presents a simple one-page tool for thinking about theories of change that underlie policy advocacy strategies. Check out the “interim outcomes and indicators” on the last page – very good range of advocacy outcomes/indicators.
Four Tools for Assessing Grantee Contribution to Advocacy Efforts (pdf): offers funders practical guidance on how to assess a grantee’s contribution to advocacy outcomes.The four tools include:
1. A question bank
2. Structured grantee reporting
3. An external partner interview guide
4. Contribution analysis