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The Evaluator’s Toolkit: A Collection of My Recommendations

The availability of information on monitoring and evaluation has skyrocketed as the field professionalizes and as demand for evaluation services increases. This wealth of information is a hallmark of the field’s productivity, but often appears intimidating to emerging practitioners as they look to develop their skills. Here you will find a collection of my recommendations that are both great resources for beginners and tried and true go-to-guides for seasoned professionals.

Page Turners: Nothing Beats a Good Book

Evaluation Approaches

  • Evaluation: A Systematic Approach (7th edition) by Rossi, Lipsey, & Freeman.
  • RealWorld Evaluation: Working Under Budget, Time, Data, and Political Constraints (2nd edition).
  • Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice by James McDavid.
  • Utilization-Focused Evaluation (4th edition) by Michael Quinn Patton
  • Developmental Evaluation by Michael Quinn Patton.
  • Empowerment Evaluation: Principles in Practice by David Fetterman.
  • The Road to Results: Designing and Conducting Effective Development Evaluations by Morra & Rist.
  • Ten Steps for Building Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation Systems by Rist & Kuesk.
  • Practical Program Evaluation by Joseph Wholey.
  • Fourth Generation Evaluation by Guba & Lincoln.
  • Purposeful Program Theory: Effective Use of Theories of Change and Logic Models by Funnell & Rogers.

Evaluation Standards and Competencies

Data Visualization

  • The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization by Alberto Cairo.
  • Data Visualizations: A Successful Design Process by Andy Kirk
  • Envisioning Information by Edward Tufte
  • Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data by Stephen Few
  • Show Me the Numbers: Designing Graphs and Tables to Enlighten by Stephen Few

Additional Readings/Resources

Professional Communities: Networking and PD on a Global Scale

Online Learning: Get Started With Just One Click

Evaluation and Development: Resources for International Development Practice


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