Making evaluations matter: A practical guide for evaluators –This guide is primarily for evaluators working in the international development sector. It is also useful for commissioner of evaluations, evaluation managers and M&E officers. The guide explains how to make evaluations more useful. It helps to better understand conceptual issues and appreciate how evaluations can contribute to changing mindsets and empowering stakeholders. On a practical level, the guide presents core guiding principles and pointers on how to design and facilitate evaluations that matter. Furthermore, it shows how to get primary intended users and other key stakeholders to contribute effectively to the evaluation process. Published from Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University & Research centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands. https://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/wurpubs/405451
A guide for project M&E The M&E -This guide was produced by the Independent Office of Evaluation to help project managers and M&E staff improve the quality of M&E in IFAD-supported projects. The Guide focuses on how M&E can support project management and engage project stakeholders in understanding project progress, learning from achievements and problems, and agreeing on how to improve strategy and operations. https://www.ifad.org/evaluation/reports/guide
Choosing Appropriate Evaluation Methods Tool – Choosing the right evaluation tools is crucial for producing useful, credible, and rigorous evidence in evaluations. Methodological appropriateness is a challenging and contested area – this tool has been developed under a Creative Commons license with the intention that it can be further developed and improved upon by anyone. Written by Barbara Befani and Bond’s Effectiveness and Learning team. The tool was developed with funding from the Department for International Development and Comic Relief. DownloadChoosing Appropriate Evaluation Methods. https://bond.org.uk/resources/evaluation-methods-tool/
Richard A. Krueger’s site This site is intended to help people who are involved in program evaluation, applied research, or focus group interviewing. You will find a number of different materials. In About, you find out a little about who we are and what we do. In Focus Group Interviewing you will find a collection of practical tips, instructional guides, examples, and reflections. Research Stories presents information on using stories for research and evaluation and in this section we offer suggestions on obtaining and telling stories. https://twin-cities.umn.edu/
The Center for Program Evaluation and Research provides evaluation consulting and training services to social service and disease prevention programs. It also serves as the statewide evaluation technical assistance provider for California’s tobacco control programs. TCEC provides individual technical assistance, training, and evaluation-related resources while striving to build the evaluation capacity of local programs. https://programeval.ucdavis.edu/index.html
Penn State Program Evaluation Tip sheets This site provides information on how to design and implement a useful program evaluation to improve a program, compare delivery methods, respond to stakeholders, advocate, or prepare for promotion and, many guides to many aspects of program evaluation, including methods such as creating questionnaires, data collection methods, research design, sampling, etc.https://extension.psu.edu/evaluation/
Centre of Excellence for Evaluation (CEE) from Canada – The CEE provides functional leadership, including advice and guidance in the conduct, use and advancement of evaluation practices across the federal government. This website offers useful information, tools and resources for evaluation professionals in the federal government and those with an interest in evaluation.https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/cee/index-eng.asp
CDC Evaluation Working Grouphttps://www.cdc.gov/eval/index.htm This site is about the CDC Evaluation Working Group and its efforts to promote program evaluation at the CDC. See especially their “highlights of a framework for program evaluation”, and their links page which is a comprehensive list of links to evaluation guidelines produced by various CDC programs.
National Network of Libraries of Medicinehttps://nnlm.gov/neo/professional-development/guides has this “Collecting and Analyzing Evaluation Data” from 2013. From the US Department of Education Institute of Educational Sciences Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported By Rigorous Evidence: A User Friendly Guide https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/evidence_based/evidence_based.asp This guide offers tools to educational practitioners that help distinguish practices supported by rigorous evidence from those that are not.” This is mainly about randomized control trials. 2003
Also see some technical publications https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/tech_methods/ “Technical Methods Report: Statistical Power for Regression Discontinuity Designs in Education Evaluations” 2008 “What to Do When Data Are Missing in Group Randomized Controlled Trials” 2009
InterAction has a couple of manuals about impact evaluation https://www.interaction.org/resources/training by Patricia Rogers, Burt Perrin, Michael Bamberger. For example, Introduction to Impact Evaluation, by Patricia Rogers, is from 2012.
Asian Development Bank. https://www.adb.org/site/evaluation/methods-guidelines includes this, from 2015, Guidelines for the Preparation of Country Assistance Program Evaluations and Country Partnership Strategy Final Review Validations, and this from 2016, Guidelines for the Evaluation of Public Sector Operations
Better Evaluationhttps://betterevaluation.org/ “An international collaboration to improve evaluation practice and theory by sharing information about options (methods or tools) and approaches.” Has stuff about methods and a lot more.
Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding has an online field guide https://dmeforpeace.org/online-field-guide which is not exactly a guide by itself, but has a bunch of documents by other people about various aspects of evaluation. For example, one presentation is “Ensuring quality of evidence generated through participatory evaluation in humanitarian contexts, by Jessica Alexander and Francesca Bonino” https://www.dmeforpeace.org/
McCreary Center. Asking Questions That Matter https://www.mcs.bc.ca/evaluation_resources This toolkit aims to increase understanding evaluation, develop the skills to prepare an evaluation plan, and provide tools to carry out an evaluation of a local community project. No date given.
OECD DAC Guidelines and Reference Series https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/development/dac-guidelines-and-reference-series_19900988 has a few publications: Evaluating Peacebuilding Activities in Settings of Conflict and Fragility, 2012 Quality Standards for Development Evaluation, 2010
University of Kansas Community Toolbox https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents includes a couple of chapters on evaluation, including introduction and methods. Started in 1996, but in continuous development, up through 2016, and still going.
Barbara O. Wynn, Arindam Dutta, Martha I. Nelson, Challenges in Program Evaluation of Health Interventions in Developing Countries. https://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG402/ The authors provide an overview of various approaches, methodologies, and issues related to program evaluation for health projects in developing countries. 2005
World Bank – Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E): Some Tools, Methods and Approaches here From 2004.