Steps in managing an evaluation project This toolkit supports the NSW Evaluation Community of Practice and seeks to help government agencies implement the Evaluation Guidelines. It takes you through seven steps for planning and implementing a program evaluation project. https://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/programs_and_services/policy_makers_toolkit/evaluation_toolkit
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
Monitoring and Evaluation: How and How Well Objectives are Being Reached It is written for community empowerment in 2002 by Phil Bartle, PhD https://cec.vcn.bc.ca/cmp/modules/mon-int.htm
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/
Green Book, Appraisal and Evaluation in Central Government from UK -This new edition of the Green Book, Appraisal and Evaluation in Central Government, incorporates revised guidance, to encourage a more thorough, long-term and analytically robust approach to appraisal and evaluation. It is relevant to all appraisals and evaluations. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-green-book-appraisal-and-evaluation-in-central-governent
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
From the USA
Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Program Evaluation https://www.dcoe.mil/About_DCoE/Program_Evaluation.aspx pretty comprehensive guide to many aspects of evaluation. Not much about methods of gathering data though. July 2012.
National Science Foundation: has three reports available on line:
CDC Evaluation Working Group https://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.
CDC also has these
National Network of Libraries of Medicine https://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
“Random Assignment in Program Evaluation and Intervention Research: Questions and Answers” here https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pdf/20035001.pdf 2003
Pink Book-Making Health Communication Programs Work https://www.cancer.gov/publications/health-communication has a chapter on evaluation (stage 4) and a chapter on research methods. No date given.
Planning and Evaluation Wizard https://www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/pew/pew_home.cfm see the evaluation zone https://www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/pew/pew_home.cfm
Evaluation Guide – The government of Western Australia, 2015 https://www.treasury.wa.gov.au/uploadedFiles/Treasury/Program_Evaluation/evaluation_guide.pdf
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.
Unicef has briefs and videos https://www.unicef-irc.org/KM/IE/impact_1.php Overview of Impact Evaluation, by Patricia Rogers, 2014
Impact Evaluation https://go.worldbank.org/2DHMCRFFT2 explains a lot and has key readings, links to their methods page
World Bank has this https://go.worldbank.org/IT69C5OGL0 Impact Evaluation Toolkit
Better Evaluation Impact Evaluation Series https://betterevaluation.org/en/resources/guide/unicef_impact_evaluation_series
Annie E. Casey Foundation has some evaluation guides like this one: The Need for Self-Evaluation: Using Data to Guide Policy and Practice (summary) https://www.aecf.org/resources/the-need-for-self-evaluation/ no date given.
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
Basic Guide to Program Evaluation https://managementhelp.org/evaluation/program-evaluation-guide.htm Written by Carter McNamara, PhD, this is an on line guide to program evaluation, which describes many of the methods used, for example, surveys, interviewing, focus groups, and other methods. This site also has many useful links.
Better Evaluation https://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/
EvalPartners has this page https://www.evalpartners.org/library/selected-books a virtual library of books about evaluation.
IFAD Evaluation https://www.ifad.org/evaluation/overview Includes an evaluation manual on methods and issues. 2015. https://www.ifad.org/evaluation/policy_and_methodology/overview
Also see https://www.ifad.org/evaluation/reports/guide/tags/1880189 A guide for project M&E, 2002.
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
Robert McCormick Foundation has an evaluation guide https://www.mccormickfoundation.org/page.aspx?pid=642 in their tools for learning. 2013
Tools 4 Development https://www.tools4dev.org/category/resources/how-to-guides/ and here https://www.tools4dev.org/category/skills/monitoring-evaluation/ has many guides about how to do research and evaluation. A few of the docs are:
How to get informed consent, 2016
How to create a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system – step-by-step guide, 2014
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.
UNDP methodological publications, https://www.undp.org/evaluation/
Handbook on Planning Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results https://web.undp.org/evaluation/guidance.shtml#handbook from 2009
A companion guide to the handbook on planning monitoring and evaluating for development results for programme units and evaluators. https://web.undp.org/evaluation/guidance.shtml#outcome from
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.
Morra Imas, Linda G.; Rist, Ray C.. 2009. The Road to Results : Designing and Conducting Effective Development Evaluations. World Bank. © World Bank.
Zall Kusek, Jody; Rist, Ray C.. 2004. Ten Steps to a Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation System : A Handbook for Development Practitioners. Washington, DC: World Bank. © World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/14926