Need practical how-to info that aims to help you build your evaluation capacity? This collection includes suggested readings from our friends at BetterEvaluation, the Center for Evaluation Innovation, the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations as well as hand-picked content by Candid. Thousands of actual evaluations are  available for download.

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The Managers' Guide to Evaluation and GeneraTOR

January 1, 2016

This free digital resource provides a clear and systematic guide for managers of an evaluation, whether this is being done by an external evaluator, an internal team or a hybrid team.  In addition to guidance it provides , links to further detail and examples as required. A particular feature is the GeneraTOR which prompts for particular information to produce a draft Terms of Reference document which can be shared, reviewed and finalised with other stakeholders.

Guidelines and Best Practices; Must-Reads

Evaluating Development Philanthropy in a Changing World

November 1, 2011

This essay explores the development landscape, suggests new policy directions for international philanthropic organisations and examines the challenges involved in evaluating their development assistance efforts. Next, it complies with the well-established development effectiveness criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability issued by the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD in order to sketch an evaluation agenda designed to enhance accountability, organisational learning and responsiveness to stakeholders' concerns within the philanthropic sector.

Guidelines and Best Practices

Development Outcome Tracking System (DOTS)

January 1, 2011

DOTS is a tool that measures the impact of investments on stakeholders and rates financial, economic, environmental, social performance, and private sector development impact. It identifies standard performance goals indicators and measures the rate of achievement in these assigned indicators against benchmarks and timelines.

Tools and Frameworks

Evaluating Development Co-operation: Summary of Key Norms and Standards

June 14, 2010

This is a best practice that offers guidance in developing norms and standards for evaluation in an effort to improve humanitarian aid programs and policy. The approach offers a core set of principles, along with five evaluation criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability, and a framework for peer reviews and assessment.

Guidelines and Best Practices