Learning from Evaluation Results – 5 Simple Steps

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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 Engage Cambodian Youth – Politically

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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’?

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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 »

IOM’s Livelihoods and Community Solutions (LCS) Project: Final Evaluation by Rapid Asia

In July 2015, Rapid Asia was entrusted to conduct a final evaluation of the “Livelihoods and Community Solutions” (LCS) Project. This project had been implemented from 2013-2015 by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Thailand and was co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The… Read more »

CLA Case Studies : Complex Problems Needs Simple Solutions by Rapid Asia

Author(s): Daniel Lindgren Organization(s): Rapid Asia Co. Institution(s): United States Agency for International Agency (USAID) Date Published: September 29, 2015 This midterm evaluation for the PLE, a project that provides health, education, food security, and protection support to internally displaced persons inside Burma and displaced persons who have crossed the border into Thailand, focuses on the project’s “convergence”… Read more »

Triangulation – A Best Practice Method

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Mixed-method approaches are becoming more popular in the world of evaluations. Preceded by a desk review, a survey may be coupled with key informant interviews and focus group discussions. The argument for using mixed methods is that results can be verified by more than one data source. But how do we analyze the data? Well,… Read more »

Behavior Change is Not Black&White

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Have you ever felt annoyed about how other people behave on the road? From time to time we see pedestrians, drivers, or cyclists behaving in strange ways, obstructing traffic (and us!). What ‘on earth’ are they doing and what is going on in their mind? The thing is, as human beings we have the ability… Read more »