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

Demand Reduction

Watch the presentation about 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… Read more »

Developing Indicators for Prevention Type Programs

Indicator for Prevention

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)

Kap Scores

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…

How to Engage Cambodian Youth – Politically


Interview with Dr. Kem Ley, former political analyst and leader of the newly formed Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP) in Cambodia. The interview took place in Phnom Penh on 11 Nov, 2015. Picture: Phnom Penh Post, Mon, 1 December 2014 Q: Cambodia has a very large youth population and yet their directing engagement in politics is… Read more »

Behavioral Avoidance, How do we Prove an ‘Unknown’?


Many social development programs want to achieve behavior change. Yet, not all forms of behavior change are the same. In fact, the forms of behavior change can be quite different and can all have different implications when it comes to measuring. Consider the following examples that illustrate different types of behavior change: mosquito nets, safety… Read more »

Word-of-Mouth Communication and Why We Should Measure It


A few years ago we evaluated a large behavior change communication (BCC) campaign. A control group was used to isolate the impact of the campaign. Interestingly, improvement in some of the key indicators could be found in the control group as well. As it turned out, most of the change occurred due to word-of-mouth communication…. Read more »