Measuring Social Norms


Programs or campaigns directed to change human behavior need to consider the potential influence of social norms. But what exactly are social norms, how do we measure them, and what are the potential implications for the program or campaign? The following are some simple guidelines that may be helpful when addressing these questions. The existence… Read more »

Realizing Rights for Women Market Vendors


Market vendors represent a large portion of small-scale traders in Lao PDR and women represent more than 90 percent of vendors in fresh food markets across the country. However, their roles often go unrecognized, even though they manage the entire value chain, from production to sales. Women vendors encounter many difficulties, such as a lack… Read more »

Why the Polls Got it Soooo Wrong

Photo: Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia on July 8, 2016. (AP/Matt Rourke)

Photo: Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia on July 8, 2016. (AP/Matt Rourke) The US Election is over and the result was shocking for many, and surprising to most. Secretary Hillary Clinton was a clear favorite, and several tracking polls had her in the lead for several months. So how could so many experienced pollsters get it… Read more »

Human Rights Based Measurement


There are growing concerns about human rights around the globe and use of the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) is gaining more attention in the social development arena. But how can we use the HRBA when conducting assessments? The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has a conceptual framework that we have adapted for this… Read more »

Strategy Framework for Policy Advocacy

Source: Finfree Thailand

Gaining actionable insights to bolster policy advocacy can be difficult and available data is often fragmented. The following framework can help structure and frame data from different sources in a useful way to help answer an important question: What’s next? It goes without saying that policy advocacy is an art and you need to be… Read more »

Breastfeeding Could Save US$300 Billion – New Research

Interview with Ms Sue Horton, CIGI Chair in Global Health Economics, Department of Economics, University of Waterloo. The interview took place in Bangkok on March 24, 2016. From left sitting: Sue Horton (University of Waterloo), Nemat Hajeebhoy (Alive & Thrive). From left standing: Napat Phisanbut (Unicef), Phan Thi Hong Linh (Alive & Thrive), Roger Mathisen… Read more »

Measuring Demand Reduction


We are hearing more about demand reduction these days. Demand reduction applies in situations where we wish to undo damaging behavior, or, influencing people not to engage in such behavior in the first place. Encouraging people not to consume wildlife products is a good example of demand reduction. But how should we measure it? Reducing… Read more »

Developing Indicators for Prevention Type Programs

Developing Indicators for Prevention Type Programs

One of the more challenging tasks in the monitoring and evaluation world is the effective development of indicators. When dealing with prevention activities the challenge is often compounded since proving the desired outcome can often be an ‘unknown’ factor. So what makes a good indicator and how can we show evidence of achieving outcomes? In… Read more »

Learning from Evaluation Results – 5 Simple Steps


Too often, evaluations are treated as a ‘slap stick’ exercise. Results may point to critical flaws in the program or intervention but there is resistance from project custodians who may not agree and have a different interpretation. In contrast to the old saying that “we learn from our mistakes”, fear of failure and entrenched views… Read more »

How to Make KAP* Surveys Work? (*Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice)


From time to time we hear organizations express dissatisfaction with KAP surveys. We often hear people saying they don’t work well. I once even heard a senior UN official say, ‘I don’t believe in surveys, period’. Can this be true or is something else at play? Before talking about KAP surveys, let’s first look at… Read more »