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Learning how to learn: Eight lessons for impact evaluations that make a difference

By 09/06/2012

This Background Note outlines key lessons on impact evaluations, utilisation-focused evaluations and evidence-based policy. Drawing on recent and ongoing work by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and others, it is aimed at researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working on development and humanitarian issues.

It draws on eight specific insights from previous research that showed to help up-take: 1) Understand the key stakeholders, 2) Adapt the incentives, 3) Invest in capacities and skills, 4) Define impact in relation to the specific context, 5) Develop the right blend of methodologies, 6) Involve those who matter in the decisions that matter, 7) Communicate effectively, 8) Be persistent and flexible.

Title: Learning how to learn: eight lessons for impact evaluations that make a difference Author: Ben Ramalingam Year: 2011