What is Value for Investment, and how should we evaluate it? (guest post from Julian King)

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We’re very excited today to have a guest post from Julian King, who has just published a great FREE downloadable ebook on Value for Investment!

Julian’s Value for Investment approach is a syncretic blend of economic and evaluative methodologies, including evaluative rubrics. As you can see from the picture below, it’s a topic of

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Evaluation-Specific Methodology: The methodologies that are distinctive to evaluation

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I raised a few eyebrows last week when I mentioned the idea of Evaluation-Specific Methodology (ESM) as being an essential part of what defines us as a discipline.

Of course, a large proportion of people who identify as evaluators consider that evaluation is merely the application of social science research methods to support decision

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Lifting the quality of evaluation #3: Evaluation associations with focus

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Two things that make or break the quality and value of evaluation are:

Evaluation-savvy clients Capable evaluators who know their ‘space’

What’s #3?

#3: Professional evaluation associations with focus!

The vast majority of professional evaluation associations around the world are relatively new, having formed only in the past decade or less.

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Simple, complicated and complex perspectives on accountability and Three Cups of Tea controversy

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I’m hopeful that the current controversy over Greg Mortenson’s book ‘Three Cups of Tea’ and the operations of the related NGO ‘Central Asia Institute’ (detailed in John Krakauer’s book Three Cups of Deceit and a 60 minutes story) will lead to improvements in how development interventions and organizations are planned, implemented, evaluated and reported.

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2 more ideas for evaluation survey items – asking about comparative value

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In a post last week, I shared some ideas about how to get approximate answers to the ‘overall value’ question by building these concepts right into survey and interview questions themselves. Some ‘overall value’ questions pertained to cost-effectiveness, whether the costs outweighed the benefits or not.

But, there is another question that is often

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