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


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


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 »

Measuring Behavior Change, Effectively


Does advertising work? Put it this way, if it didn’t work, would companies still invest in it? But how do we prove that it works? John Wanamaker, a US businessman born in Philadelphia and considered the father of modern advertising, once said: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I… Read more »

BANNING SHARK FIN SOUP: Obtain Private Sector Support Through CSR


  Companies are increasingly searching for ways to show that they are good corporate citizens. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been around for a while but many companies struggle to hit the mark as they seek sound causes that match their corporate profile and align with sustainability efforts. Many are also not familiar with the… Read more »

Beware When Measuring Campaign Awareness


One often misunderstood term in social development research is ‘awareness’. What exactly do we mean by awareness and how should we measure it? Advocacy is one of the cornerstones of a successful development program. Investing in beneficiary mind space is crucial for social marketing communication and reliable measures are therefore important. Awareness is commonly used… Read more »

How 10 dollars can help Nepal and save LinkedIn


Rapid Asia establishes what works and does not by providing evidence based research results to our social development partners. Technology is increasing key to our success: mobile phones for data collection, a portal for our consultancy panel and increasingly LinkedIn for marketing and networking. Here is another example of leveraging LinkedIn for business and disaster… Read more »