Designing and Conducting Effective Development Evaluations
by Linda G. Morra Imas, Ray Rist
This comprehensive text presents concepts and procedures for evaluation in a development context. It provides procedures and examples on how to set up a monitoring and evaluation system, how to conduct participatory evaluations and do social mapping, and how to construct a "rigorous" quasi-experimental design to answer an impact question.
The book begins with a description of the context of development evaluation and how it arrived where it is today. It then discusses current issues driving development evaluation, such as the Millennium Development Goals and the move from simple project evaluations to the broader understandings of complex evaluations. The topics of implementing "Results-based Measurement and Evaluation" and constructing a "Theory of Change" are emphasized throughout the text. Next, the authors take the reader down "the road to results", presenting procedures for evaluating projects, programs, and policies by using a "Design Matrix" to help map the process. This road includes:
- determining the overall approach
- formulating questions
- selecting designs
- developing data collection instruments
- choosing a sampling strategy
- planning data analysis for qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method evaluations
The book also includes discussions on conducting complex evaluations, how to manage evaluations, how to present results, and ethical behavior--including principles, standards, and guidelines. The final chapter discusses the future of development evaluation.
This comprehensive text is an essential tool for those involved in development evaluation.
Print Edition. June 2009. 604 pages. Stock no. 17891 (ISBN: 978-0-8213-7891-5). US$49.95
Interactive e-book !
The Road to Results will also be available as an interactive e-book, using technology developed by educators specifically for textbooks and other learning materials. The Road to Results e-book has a robust toolset for learners to interact with content, including:
- Contextual search - of book, notes or all the student's bookshelf library
- Ability to make notes and highlights — organize by color and sort into folders
- Multimedia options — users can listen to audio, watch videos or take an interactive quiz within the book
- Social networking features — users can share notes and highlights
- Downloadable format — users have complete portability.
E-book. October 2009. 604 pages. Stock no. 18080 (ISBN: 978-0-8213-8080-2). US$37.50
The Road to Results e-book Bundle !
The Road to Results will also be available in a bundled package. You get both the hard cover print edition text book, as well as the interactive e-book at a reduced price. This allows you the easy mobility of taking the book wherever you need it, but also tapping into the boundless resources and community built around the e-book.
Bundle. October 2009. Stock no. 32273. US$62.50