Archives

Theories and indicators of change concepts and primers for conflict management and mitigation

Author: Eileen Babbitt, Diana Chigas and Robert Wilkinson
Full Citation: Babbitt, E., Chigas, D., & Wilkinson, R. (2013). Theories and indicators of change concepts and primers for conflict management and mitigation. Washington, DC: USAID  
Research Category:
  • Project Documents
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

An analysis of theories of change in USAID solicitations for education programs in crisis and conflict affected environments

Author: USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network
Full Citation: USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network. (2016). An analysis of theories of change in USAID solicitations for education programs in crisis and conflict affected environments. Washington, DC: Authors
Research Category:
  • Project Documents
    • Solicitations
  • Secondary Research
    • Meta-evaluation
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Emergent Theories of Change

The complex contexts for the work of those engaged in Education in Crisis and Conflict-Affected Environments (EiCC), calls for innovative approaches to the design, management and evaluation of projects seeking to increase equitable access to education.

ECCN has produced the study: An Analysis of Theories of Change in USAID Solicitations for EiCC, which examines USAID EiCC project designs, using the lens of planned and emergent theories of change, Read more  »

Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

What can development policy learn from evolution?

Author: Owen Barder
Full Citation: Barder, O. (2011). What can development policy learn from evolution?. from the Blog, Owen Abroad at http://www.owen.org/blog/4018.
Research Category:
  • Theory
    • Theoretical Pieces
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

The clash of the counter-bureaucracy and development

Author: Andrew Natsios
Full Citation: Natsios. A. (2010). The clash of the counter-bureaucracy and development. (Essay). Washington D.C: Center for Global Development.
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Location(s):
  • North America
    • United States
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Developmental evaluation: applying complexity concepts to enhance innovation and use

Author: Michael Quinn Patton
Full Citation: Patton, M. Q. (2011). Developmental evaluation: applying complexity concepts to enhance innovation and use. New York: Guilford Press.
Research Category:
  • Theory
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Management not models: adaptability, responsiveness, and a few lessons from football

Author: Christopher Macclay
Full Citation: Maclay, C. (2015). Management not models: adaptability, responsiveness, and a few lessons from football. Development in Practice, 25:1, pp: 42 – 57.
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Location(s):
  • Asia
    • Bangladesh
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Embracing emergence: how collective impact addresses complexity

Author: John Kania and Mark Kramer
Full Citation: Kania, J., & Kramer, M. (2013). Embracing emergence: how collective impact addresses complexity. Stanford Social Innovation Review. Stanford, California: Leland Stanford Jr. University.
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Location(s):
  • North America
    • United States
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Taking responsibility for complexity: how implementation can achieve results in the face of complex problems

Author: Harry Jones, Harry
Full Citation: Jones, H. (2011). Taking responsibility for complexity: how implementation can achieve results in the face of complex problems. (Working Paper 330). London, UK: Overseas Development Institute
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Location(s):
  • Asia
    • Indonesia
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Foreign policy and complex adaptive systems: exploring new paradigms for analysis and action

Author: William Frej and Ben Ramalingam
Full Citation: Frej, W., & Ramalingam, B. (2011). Foreign Policy and Complex Adaptive Systems: Exploring New Paradigms for Analysis and Action. (SFI Working Paper: 2011-06-022). New Mexico: Santa Fe Institute
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Location(s):
  • Africa
  • Asia
    • Afghanistan
  • Middle East
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Development entrepreneurship: how donors and leaders can foster institutional change

Author: Jaime Faustino and David Booth
Full Citation: Faustino, J., & Booth, D. (2014). Development entrepreneurship: how donors and leaders can foster institutional change. Working politically in practice series – Case studies no 2.  San Fransisco, California: The Asia Foundation and London, UK: Overseas Development Institute.
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Location(s):
  • Asia
    • Bangladesh
    • Cambodia
    • Mongolia
    • Philippines
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Peace building with impact: defining theory of change

Author: Care International UK
Full Citation: Care International UK. (2012) Peace building with impact: defining theory of change. London: Author
Research Category:
  • Primary Research
    • Thematic studies
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Conflict Sensitivity
    • Peacebuilding
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Location(s):
  • Africa
    • DRC
    • Uganda
  • Asia
    • Nepal
Posted in Conflict Sensitivity, Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Peacebuilding, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Applying a theory of change approach to the evaluation of comprehensive community initiatives: progress, prospects and problems

Author: James P. Connell and Anne C. Kubisch
Full Citation: Connell, J. P. and A. C. Kubisch (1998). Applying a theory of change approach to the evaluation of comprehensive community initiatives: progress, prospects and problems, in K. Fulbright-Anderson, A. C. Kubisch and J. P. Connell (eds.). New Approaches to Community Initiatives: Volume 2 – Theory, Measurement and Analysis. Washington, DC: Aspen Institute
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Escaping capability traps through problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA)

Author: Matt Andrews, Lant Pritchett, and Michael Woolcock
Full Citation: Andrews, M., Pritchett, Lant., & Woolcock, M. (2012). Escaping capability traps through problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA). (Working Paper 299). Washington D.C: Center for Global Development
Research Category:
  • Theory
    • Theoretical Pieces
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Evidence and scale: notes for remarks to the CIFF board dinner

Author: Owen Barder
Full Citation: Barder, O. (2014). Evidence and scale: notes for remarks to the CIFF board dinner. London: Center for Global Development.
Research Category:
  • Theory
    • Theoretical Pieces
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Location(s):
  • Africa
    • Kenya
  • Asia
    • Cambodia
    • Indonesia
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Assessing and learning for social change

Author: Irene Guijt
Full Citation: Guijt, I. (2007). Assessing and Learning for Social Change: A Discussion Paper. Brighton, UK: Institute Development Studies.
Research Category:
  • Primary Research
    • Thematic studies
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Theory of change review: a report commissioned by Comic Relief

Author: Cathy James
Full Citation: James, C. (2011). Theory of change review: a report commissioned by Comic Relief. London, UK: Comic Relief
Research Category:
  • Primary Research
    • Thematic studies
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Location(s):
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • North America
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

It’s all about MeE: using structured experiential learning (“e”) to crawl the design space

Author: Lant Pritchett, Salimah Samji, and Jeffrey Hammer
Full Citation: Pritchett, L., Samji, S., & Hammer, J. (2013). It’s all about MeE: using structured experiential learning (“e”) to crawl the design space. (CGD Working Paper 322). Washington, D.C: Center for Global Development.
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

From best practice to best fit: understanding and navigating wicked problems in international development

Author: Ben Ramalingam, Miguel Laric and John Primrose
Full Citation: Ramalingam, B., Laric, M., & Primrose, J. (2014). From best practice to best fit: understanding and navigating wicked problems in international development. London, UK: Overseas Development Institute
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Location(s):
  • Africa
    • DRC
    • Nigeria
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

A three-fold theory of social change and implications for practice, planning, monitoring and evaluation

Author: Doug Reeler
Full Citation: Reeler, D. (2007). A three-fold theory of social change and implications for practice, planning, monitoring and evaluation. Cape Town, South Africa: Community Development Resource Association.
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Theory of change (methodological briefs)

Author: Patricia Rogers
Full Citation: Rogers, P. (2014). Theory of Change. (Methodological briefs: impact evaluation 2). Florence, Italy: UNICEF
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Location(s):
  • Asia
    • Bangladesh
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Managing complexity and uncertainty in development policy and practice

Author: Hilton Root, Harry Jones, and Leni Wild
Full Citation: Root, H., Jones, H., & Wild, L. (2015). Managing complexity and uncertainty in development policy and practice. (Report). London, UK: Overseas Development Institute
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Understanding theory of change in international development

Author: Danielle Stein and Craig Valters
Full Citation: Stein, D., & Valters, C. (2012). Understanding theory of change in international development. (JSRP Paper 1). London, UK: Justice and Security Research Programme
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Theory of change basics, a primer on theory of change

Author: Dana H Taplin and Heléne Clark
Full Citation: Taplin, H. D., & Clark, H. (2012). Theory of change basics, a primer on theory of change. New York: ActKnowledge  
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Complexity-aware monitoring: discussion notes (brief)

Author: USAID Learning Lab
Full Citation: USAID Learning Lab. (2013). Complexity-aware monitoring: discussion notes. (Monitoring and Evaluation Series). Washington, D.C: Author
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Theories of change: time for a radical approach to learning in development

Author: Craig Valters
Full Citation: Valters, C. (2015). Theories of change: time for a radical approach to learning in development. London, UK: Overseas Development Institute
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Review of the use of “theory of change” in international development

Author: Isabel Vogel
Full Citation: Vogel, I. (2012). Review of the use of "theory of change" in international development. (Review Report). London, UK: DFID
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Rethinking approaches to managing change in fragile states

Author: Frauke de Weijer
Full Citation: de Weijer, F. (2012). Rethinking approaches to managing change in fragile states. (Working Papers, 58). Cambridge, MA: Center for International Development, Harvard University.
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
    • Policy
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management, Understand and Strive for Equity

How feedback loops can improve aid (and maybe governance)

Author: Dennis Whittle
Full Citation: Whittle, D. (2013). How feedback loops can improve aid (and maybe governance). (CGD Essay). Washington, D.C: Center for Global Development
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
Location(s):
  • Africa
    • Malawi
    • Uganda
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management

Adapting development, improving services to the poor

Author: Leni Wild, David Booth, Clare Cummings, Marta Foresti, and Joseph Wales
Full Citation: Wild, L., et al. (2015). Adapting development, Improving Services to the poor. London, UK: Overseas Development Institute
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Systematic reviews / literature reviews
Category/Categories:
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change and Adaptive Management
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
Location(s):
  • Africa
  • Asia
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theories of Change and Adaptive Management, Understand and Strive for Equity
12