Qualitative Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Card Sorting: A Participatory Tool for Qualitative Data Collection

Card sorting, one of the many participatory tools that evaluators use to gather data, helps us to see how a population sorts through and categorizes cards or oftentimes actual physical items....

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Qualitative Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Participatory Tools for Qualitative Data Collection

Qualitative data plays an important role in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of projects. However, as project planners, managers, and evaluators, we will likely not be in a position to...

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Qualitative Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Using Focus Groups

Evaluators use focus groups in every step of a monitoring & evaluation project’s lifecycle, from planning through to impact evaluation. Usually, a project planner, manager, or evaluator will...

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Case Study: Project Evaluation Ethics

When you think about doing evaluation, what comes to mind? I think most often we first consider gathering the data needed to understand whether the project has been a success and why (or why not...

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Monitoring and Evaluation at International NGOs – Job Roles

Twenty years ago, when I started working in the international relief and development field, understanding of and commitment to Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), particularly within...

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What is a t-Test in Program Evaluation?

Good quantitative M&E reports must be rigorous in applying statistical tests, but should do so in a way that serves a better, reliable explanation of project performance to different...

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Webinar: How to Use Observation and Participant Observation for M&E

Monitoring & Evaluation expert and Certificate Director Dr. Beverly Peters explains how to use observation and participant observation as data collection tools to monitor and evaluate...

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Qualitative Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Interviews

Interviews tend to dominate qualitative data collection for monitoring and evaluation. Project planners and evaluators conduct a variety of different kinds of qualitative interviews for many...

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Monitoring and Evaluation in International Development

Imagine yourself in this setting: You are a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team leader working as part of a large-scale education project in Indonesia.  The first Phase of the project is...

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Stakeholders in Monitoring and Evaluation

Who cares?  Who cares whether a health project in Uganda meets its stated objectives?  Who finds it important that funds allocated for education in Afghanistan are spent effectively?  Who lies...

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