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Contribution to Change: An approach to evaluating the role of intervention in disaster recovery

Contribution to Change: An approach to evaluating the role of intervention in disaster recovery

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As the number of people affected by disasters has risen, so have the expectations placed on humanitarian agencies by donors, the public and the affected populations themselves. Agencies must now provide evidence of the impact of their interventions. But applying conventional evaluation methods can pose problems. How can we assess the difference that intervention makes? Is it ethical to consign some disaster-affected communities to control groups? How feasible is it to collect baseline data among people who have just been traumatized?

This guide provides a reliable and practical method for identifying the contribution an agency makes to changes to people

As the number of people affected by disasters has risen, so have the expectations placed on humanitarian agencies by donors, the public and the affected populations themselves. Agencies must now provide evidence of the impact of their interventions. But applying conventional evaluation methods can pose problems. How can we assess the difference that intervention makes? Is it ethical to consign some disaster-affected communities to control groups? How feasible is it to collect baseline data among people who have just been traumatized?

This guide provides a reliable and practical method for identifying the contribution an agency makes to changes to people

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An approach to evaluating the role of intervention in disaster recovery
Roger Few, Daniel McAvoy, Marcela Tarazona and Vivien Margaret Walden
Contribution to Change
 
Contribution to Change
 
Praise for this book
‘Evaluation practitioners will 󿬁nd this book to be an extremely valuable resource. The book is easy to use and sets out a clear step-by-step approach for assessing multiple agency interventions at the community level.’
Scott Green, Chief of Evaluation, Of󿬁ce for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) 
‘The expectations for humanitarian and development workers are increasingly more professionalized. Many participate in evaluations without extensive training or academic background. This clear, concise book adds a useful, practical method to our arsenal of evaluation tools and includes step-by-step information that will be very accessible to 󿬁eld staff.’
Anne Castleton, PhD, Director of Disaster Risk Reduction, Strategic Response and Global Emergencies, Mercy Corps 
‘The humanitarian sector has grappled for some time to develop a sound methodology for assessing the impact of interventions where no counterfactual can be identi󿬁ed and no baseline following a disaster exists.
Contribution to Change 
 provides a clear step-by-step guide and robust methodology for assessing an agency’s interventions by disaster-affected people themselves. This book will be a valuable addition to any evaluator’s library.
Annie Devonport, Head of Programmes and Accountability, Disasters Emergency Committee 
‘I am happy to see another ECB publication providing straightforward guidelines for complex situations, with a plain English, common-sense approach to assessing contributions to disaster recovery. Too often the complexity of the context is only matched by the complexity and length of the guidance, and the tendency is to promote imported best practice rather than a locally appropriate “best 󿬁t”. In this case the authors have avoided those traps.’
Chris Roche, author of
Impact Assessment in Development Organisations
, Associate Professor and Chair in International Development, La Trobe University, Australia
‘The clarity offered in
Contribution to Change 
 will mean that the methodology can actually be applied and owned by time-short 󿬁eld practitioners.‘
Moira Reddick, Coordinator, Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium 
‘This very clear and concise book, written by authors with decades of experience among them, equips practitioners with the tools needed to improve the quality of evaluation in post-disaster response – a critical area that the humanitarian community has been weak in for too long.’
David Sanderson, Visiting Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University 

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