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Tools and methods for evaluating the efficiency of development interventions

PALENBERG, Markus A
April 2011

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"This report investigates tools and methods for assessing aid efficiency. It explains concepts of efficiency and efficiency analysis and presents a catalogue of 15 methods that can be used to assess the efficiency of aid interventions. Each method is described and characterised. Several general observations and recommendations conclude the report"
BMZ Evaluation Working Papers

Network perspectives in the evaluation of development interventions : more than a metaphor

DAVIES, Rick
November 2003

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This paper argues for the use of a network perspective in representing and evaluating aid interventions. Commonly used linear evaluation tools such as the logical framework (logframe) or problem tree selectively represent what an agency is trying to do, and then assess particular aspects of the intervention. Social network analysis describes social relationships which, the author contends, is what development is about. The wide range of methods and theories for network analysis means that there are lots of ways of thinking about and describing expected outcomes of interventions. Social network analysis is also very flexible in terms of the scale of the project, and can accomodate non-linear processes of change. This paper presents these five arguments for social network analysis, and then describes next steps for developing a coherent approach to evaluation based on a network perspective

Improving health outcomes of the poor : report of working group 5 of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health

COMMISSION ON MACROECONOMICS AND HEALTH. Working Group 5
2002

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Analyses health sector issues in the developing world including: avoidable mortality, prioritisation of interventions, overcoming constraints of scaling up, and cost of scaling up interventions. Specific health issues addressed include maternal and perinatal mortality, childhood illness, malnutrition, malaria, TB, smoking, and hiv/aids. Includes statistics and graphs, diagrams and tables to illustrate points

Evaluation and poverty reduction

FEINSTEIN, Osvaldo N
PICCIOTTO, Robert
Eds
2001

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This collection of papers includes contributions from leading figures in development including policy makers and a Nobel Laureate. It covers a broad spectrum from methodological issues to policy concerns, whilst emphasising 'what works' in poverty reduction programmes. Contributors emphasise social funds and safety nets, social services, crisis prevention, informal social security and insurance systems, anti-corruption programmes, mobilisation of the poor and ultimately the creation of a workable civil society

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