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Pattyn, Valérie; Molenveld, Astrid; Befani, Barbara – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) is gaining ground in evaluation circles, but the number of applications is still limited. In this article, we consider the challenges that can emerge during a QCA evaluation by drawing on our experience of conducting one in the field of development cooperation. For each stage of the evaluation process, we…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Program Evaluation
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Arensman, Bodille; van Waegeningh, Cornelie; van Wessel, Margit – American Journal of Evaluation, 2018
Theory of change (ToC) is currently "the" approach for the evaluation and planning of international development programs. This approach is considered especially suitable for complex interventions. We question this assumption and argue that ToC's focus on cause-effect logic and intended outcomes does not do justice to the recursive nature…
Descriptors: Theories, Change, Program Evaluation, Advocacy
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Brandon, Paul R.; Smith, Nick L.; Ofir, Zenda; Noordeloos, Marco – American Journal of Evaluation, 2014
In this Exemplars case, the fifth and final under the direction of the current coeditors, the authors present a reflective account of an ongoing, complex, multiyear, multinational monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system conducted for African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), an international development program. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Agriculture, Research and Development
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Holvoet, Nathalie; Dewachter, Sara – American Journal of Evaluation, 2013
National Evaluation Societies (NES) are situated at the intersection between Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) supply and demand. To date, little research has explored NES and their potential for strengthening national M&E. This study addresses this gap, examining perceived NES performance relevant to organizational and policy-oriented goals…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, National Organizations, Professional Associations