Looking Beyond NRN Self-Assessment
Evaluating the impact of networking activities is a complex task that is well beyond the scope of this Self-Assessment Toolkit and commonly left to the independent evaluators working at the level of programme evaluation. However, it is inevitable that some NRNs may from time-to-time look beyond the logical chain of inputs, outputs and results, and ask themselves questions about the impact of their activities.
The available guidance on the assessment of impacts of NRNs is closely related to the general guidance on the assessment of impacts of Rural Development Programmes. However, it is likely to be beneficial to adopt a “change of mind” and look outside of standard approaches.
The following links and publications provide some useful sources of inspiration, methodology and lessons.
DG Information Society – a study undertaken with specific reference to the needs of DG InfoSoc on the identification of evaluation models and tools for assessment of innovation and sustainable development at the EU level
DG EuropeAid Development and Co-operation – a comprehensive selection of evaluation tools
DG Regional Policy – EVALSAD: an online resource providing guidance on the evaluation of socio-economic development
|United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results - [PDF ]
Monitoring and Evaluation: Some Tools, Methods and Approaches - [PDF ]
Looking Back, Moving Forward: Sida Evaluation Manual
2nd revised edition - [PDF ]
|Outcome Mapping is a methodology for assessing change and social transformation arising from various different types of interventions (including policy networks) for promoting sustainable development. The methodology is particularly useful for creating planning, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for enabling organizations to record, report on and learn from their achievements. More information can be found at www.outcomemapping.ca, including numerous resources to download and use.|