Research and analysis

Broadening the range of designs and methods for impact evaluations

This is a study report dealing with difficult methodological and theoretical challenges faced by those who wish to evaluate the impacts of international development policies

Detail

This is a study report dealing with difficult methodological and theoretical challenges faced by those who wish to evaluate the impacts of international development policies. It is in parts difficult to read as it was also difficult to write! Knowing that not everybody interested in this study will have the time to work through the entire report when it crosses their desk for the first time, there are some short-cuts built-in to the report. First the Executive Summary provides an overview in fairly general terms. Second each of the core chapters has a ‘Main Messages’ box at the beginning that highlights the key points in that chapter. Third the final chapter – ‘Conclusions and Next Steps’ draws together 10 study conclusions and briefly outlines some proposed follow ups to the study. Hopefully those who read such a cut-down version will be encouraged to dig deeper second time around!