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.

The Evaluation of Complex Development Interventions in the Age of Big Data1

The Evaluation of Complex Development Interventions in the Age of Big Data1

Emmanuel Letouzé Ana Areias Sally Jackson

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The advent of big data and its potential applications to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) have stirred a mix of excitement and skepticism in the M&E community. To the external observer, it seems “traditional” M&E methods and actors—with their focus on surveys, pre-post comparison, and administrative data collection—have not evolved sufficiently to leverage the potential of big data to yield insights on complex interventions and systems.

Advances have certainly happened; the term M&E 2.0 (Docking, 2013), for instance, was coined to describe how advances in technology can help address some of the challenges in M&E ...

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