Developmental Evaluation

Developmental Evaluation Resource Library

In parallel to A Developmental Evaluation Companion, we have developed this resource library and invite you to access these resources by developmental evaluators from around the world that elaborate on the topics introduced in the book. We hope to add to these resources and invite you to contribute as we collectively continue to grow, challenge and refine the practice. To submit resources to this library, please email them to info@innoweave.ca.

Case Studies

DEPA – MERL – Developmental Evaluation Case Studies

Case Overview: Using DE to Achieve Health Service Integration in Tanzania

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Case Studies

DEPA – MERL – Developmental Evaluation Case Studies

Case Overview: Supporting Scale-Up of an HIV Prevention Program

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Case Studies

DEPA – MERL – Developmental Evaluation Case Studies

Case Overview: Supporting Community Peace Building in Sri Lanka

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Case Studies

Pandemic Response: What We’ve Done, What We’ve Learned (March – July 2020)

This report is the first summary by Inspiring Communities of their lessons learned to the end of July 2020.

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Reports

Y2 Tools to Act: Building a Participatory Ecosystem in Barking and Dagenham through the Every One Every Day Initiative

This report documents the second year’s work and evaluates progress to date.

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Case Studies

Evaluating Developmental Evaluation in USAID-FCF Pilot

A Study of the Family Care First in Cambodia

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Case Studies

DEPA – MERL – Developmental Evaluation Case Studies

Case Overview: Improving Maternal and Newborn Health in Indonesia

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Case Studies

Umbrella MEL Strategy

This document presents an overarching umbrella evaluation strategy to guide all evaluation activities in Our Town, a mental health initiative.

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Case Studies

Advancing the Use of Developmental Evaluation

A summary of key questions answered during a multiyear study of developmental evaluations implemented at USAID.

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Case Studies

DEPA – MERL – Developmental Evaluation Case Studies

Case Overview: Uptake of Innovations at the US Global Development Lab

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Other Resources

The Case for Developmental Evaluation

The Case for Developmental Evaluation by Marcie Parkhurst, Hallie Preskill, Jewlya Lynn, Marah Moore

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Other Resources

Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use

Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use by Michael Quinn Patton

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Capability and Stance

Ties That Bind: A Values-Driven Approach to Evolving Evaluative

Ties That Bind: A Values-Driven Approach to Evolving Evaluative

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Managing, Methods and Design

Utilization Focused Evaluation: A Primer for Evaluators

This Primer is for practitioner evaluators and project implementers who have heard of Utilization Focused Evaluation and are keen to test-drive the approach.

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Methods and Design

Systems Change Evaluation Forum

This Executive Summary provides an overview of the discussions convened by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where they developed a common understanding of systems change evaluation, and grappled with four practical dilemmas that systems change efforts create for evaluation.

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Methods and Design

The 5 P’s: Innovating and Stabilizing with Probes, Pilots, and Prototypes

This tool by Chris Corrigan provides a more disciplined approach to using the terms Patterns, Probes, Prototypes, Pilots, and Programs...policies...products.

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Capability and Stance

Equitable evaluation framing paper

This framing paper’s intent was to set the stage for an invitational roundtable in August 2017 where findings and implications and potential next steps were explored focusing primarily on philanthropic domestic evaluation practices.

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Managing

8 types of Uncertainty – Challenge Capacity Requirements

This tool by Elizabeth Dozois provides an overview of Challenge-Capacity requirements, including the types of challenges and the type of learning required.

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Managing

Complexity Shock Reactions

Visual outlining common responses to complexity.

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General, Managing, Scoping, Sensemaking

Implementing DE: A Practical Guide for Evaluators and Administrators

This guide explores ways to navigate the dynamics and complexities of DE within the realities of a large-scale development organization.

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General, Managing, Scoping, Sensemaking

Implementing DE: A Practical Guide for Funders

This guide explores ways to navigate the dynamics and complexities of DE within the realities of a large-scale development organization.

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Methods and Design, Scoping

Developing a User Profile – Aid to Action

The User Profile Worksheet and User Profile Card explore the primary users’ questions, what kind of decisions they will make with the answers to the questions, their preferences for how the assessment should be conducted, and when they need the evaluation feedback.

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Scoping

Budgeting for DE

Michael Quinn Patton describes budgeting for Developmental Evaluation in a interview with Heather Britt for Better Evaluation in April of 2012.

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Assessing Readiness

DE decision tree

Developed by Mark Cabaj, this tool helps people assess whether they are ready for the Developmental Evaluation approach.

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Assessing Readiness

Developmental Evaluation – Diagnostic Checklist

The aim of Developmental Evaluation is to support social innovators tackle complex challenges. This assessment tool will help you assess if DE is a good fit for your situation.

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Principles

Developmental Evaluation Principles and Practices

This tool outlines common principles of Developmental Evaluation and describes 5 critical practice differences.

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Principles

DE Principles in Summary

This tool provides a summary of the main principles of DE, including how to apply the principles, commentary and reflective questioning.

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Niche

The Visual Representation of Complexity

This tool defines the 16 key features of complex systems and contributes to an evolving visual language of complexity.

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Case Studies, General, Niche

Amplifying Learning in Systems Change Investments: An Experience in Developmental Evaluation

This Issue Brief answers two questions: 1. WHEN is developmental evaluation a good approach? and 2. HOW can communities, evaluators, and funders engage effectively in a developmental evaluation?

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General

Remote DE

Theisguide identifies challenges in conducting remote DEs, shares emerging best practices for overcoming them, and highlights other considerations for remote DEs.

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Reports

A Mosaic

A MOSAIC From a Team of Developmental Evaluators Resources and Tools for the Enriches Collaborative. A Project to Reduce the Isolation of Senior Caregivers

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General, Niche

6 Major Types of Evaluation

This tool helps people working on complex issues identify the right type of evaluation for the different phases of their efforts.

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General

What is DE Handout

This 2 page handout provides a quick, clear overview of what Developmental Evaluation is.

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General

Evaluating Social Innovation

This explores ways that common evaluation approaches and practices constrain innovation and offer lessons about an emerging evaluation approach—developmental evaluation—which supports the adaptation that is so crucial to innovation.

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General

DE 201

DE 201: A Practitioner’s Guide to Developmental Evaluation is intended to build on the concepts outlined in the primer by articulating some of the key practices associated with this work.

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General

A Developmental Evaluation Primer

This document introduces the concept of developmental evaluation to potential users and provides some tools to support its use.

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