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Dealing With Complexity in Development Evaluation
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Dealing With Complexity in Development Evaluation
A Practical Approach

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December 2015 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Recognizing that complexity calls for innovative, conceptual, and methodological solutions, this unique book offers practical guidance to policymakers, managers, and evaluation practitioners on how to design and implement complexity-responsive evaluations that can be undertaken in the real world of time, budget, data, and political constraints. Introductory chapters present comprehensive, non-technical overviews of the most common evaluation tools and methodologies, and additional content addresses more cutting-edge material. The book also includes six case study chapters to illustrate examples of various evaluation contexts from around the world.  
 
Part 1: Dealing with Complexity in Development Evaluation: A Framework
Michael Bamberger, Jos Vaessen, and Estelle Raimondo
Chapter 1: Complexity in Development Evaluation: The Framework of the Book
Estelle Raimondo, Jos Vaessen, and Michael Bamberger
Chapter 2: Toward More Complexity-Responsive Evaluations: Overview and Challenges
Michael Bamberger
Chapter 3: Management of Complexity-Responsive Evaluations
 
Part 2: Dealing with Complexity in Development Evaluation: Methodological Approaches
Jos Vaessen, Estelle Raimondo, and Michael Bamberger
Chapter 4: Impact Evaluation Approaches and Complexity
Frans L. Leeuw
Chapter 5: Understanding What is Being Evaluated: Theory-Based Evaluation
Frans L. Leeuw
Chapter 6: Five Practical Evaluation Problems to Which TBE Can Contribute
Michael Bamberger, Estelle Raimondo, and Jos Vaessen
Chapter 7: Dealing with Complexity by Unpacking and Reassembling Elements of a Complex Program
Michael Bamberger
Chapter 8: The Importance of a Mixed Methods Approach for Evaluating Complexity
 
Part 3: Emerging Data and Innovative Techniques to Deal with Complexity in Development Evaluation
Jos Vaessen
Chapter 9: Complexity in Review and Synthesis Studies
Susan van den Braak, Sunil Choenni, and Michael Bamberger
Chapter 10: Emergent Technologies and Creative Use of Multiple Sources of Information
Kerry Bruce and Alison E. Koler
Chapter 11: Applying Emergent Technologies to Complex Program Evaluation From the INGO Perspective
Emmanuel Letouzé, Ana Areias, and Sally Jackson
Chapter 12: The Evaluation of Complex Development Interventions in the Age of Big Data
 
Part 4: Dealing with Complexity in Development Evaluation: The Institutional Challenges
Estelle Raimondo
Chapter 13: Dealing with Institutional Complexity: Implications for Evaluation Design, Process, and Use
Estelle Raimondo and Michael Bamberger
Chapter 14: Gender Equality in Development Evaluation: The Intersection of Complexities
 
Part 5: Complexity of Evaluation in Practice: Case Studies
Allison R. Davis and Melida Guevera
Chapter 15: A Case Study in Complexity: Evaluating a Long-Term Effort to Prevent Gender-Based Violence in El Salvador
Jos Vaessen, Ana Rivas and Frans L. Leeuw
Chapter 16: Microcredit and Women's Empowerment: Complexity in Systematic Review
Kim Forss
Chapter 17: Evaluation of Coordination Against Trafficking in Persons: A Case Study of a Complexity-Responsive Evaluation
Leny van Oijen
Chapter 18: Complexity from the Perspective of Philanthropic Foundations and Their Evaluation Practices
Antonie de Kemp and Geske Dijkstra
Chapter 19: Evaluating General Budget Support
Gill Westhorp, Bill Walker, and Patricia Rogers
Chapter 20: Dealing with Complexity in a Realist Synthesis: Community Accountability and Empowerment Initiatives
 
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Index

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