Tools & Approaches

 

Concerning surveys and data issues

 

 

Outcome/ Impact Studies:

  • Outcome or Impact Studies give a comprehensive overview over the main outputs, outcomes,impacts, sustainability etc. of an activity or working area.

 

  • They combine all information from several sources, usually mixed method surveys, stakeholder interviews and project monitoring information.

 

  • The findings are presented in a visualized way and summarized in a brief report. (Read more...)

 

 

Mixed Methods Surveys:

  • Mixed Method Surveys combine the strengths of quantitative and qualitative methods, by using a mid-sized sampling

 

  • They include numbers, ratings and narratives (e.g. opinions, descriptions of processes etc.)

 

  • Usually for one study several surveys are combined and various types of stakeholders are interviewed by using customized questionnaires (Read more...)

 

 

Functional MS Excel data-collection & processing tools:

  • Mixed Method Surveys as described above do in most cases not require complicated statistical programs, but can be implemented completely by using MS Excel.

 

  • Also other tools as Training Evaluation Questionnaires can be completely carried out in MS Excel and include the following features:

    • guidelines how to use the Tool

    • print-out sheet (remark: needs to fit on a single page)

    • data-entry sheets

    • data-base

    • analysis sheets (quantitative & qualitative)

    • report format, including charts

 

Efficient Stakeholder Interview processes and formats:

  • The developed methodology allows to customize guide-questions for each interviewee in an efficient and systematic manner

  • Interviews are recorded in a detail manner

  • Very large amounts of recorded information can be summarized and analysed in an efficient and systematic way.

Concerning monitoring systems

 

 

Result Model:

  • Results Models are the basis of a Result-Oriented Monitoring System by defining the main activities including their outputs, outcomes and inter-linkages.

 

  • The Results Model shows the structure of the project/program and the system boundaries / attribution gap.

 

  • Thereby it also enables to localize and confirm the indicators within the logical structure of the intervention

 

  • All information needs of the monitoring system are identified through the Results Model

 

 Indicator & Monitoring Matrix:

  • All indicators and further key information needs for the monitoring system are listed in the Indicator & Monitoring Matrix

 

  • All required Data Collection Tools, including responsibilities, timing, sampling and further technical details are specified

 

  • Data Collection Tools are designed on this basis

 

 

Planning and Reporting Format:

  • Developed planning formats enable meaningful planning by not only naming activities, but also specifying their outputs and outcomes in a brief but clear manner

 

  • The way responsibilities are recorded enables filtering and therefore easy use by all project staff

 

  • Formatting of planned timeline enables follow-up in an easy and visualized way

 

  • Later reporting can easily be built into the planning format and facilitate efficient project management

 

 Training/Event Evaluation Tool:

  • A more detailed (4 page) and a brief (1 page) Training/Event Evaluation questionnaires are available

 

  • The Tool does not only consist of the questionnaire but can include all further features as described under the section “functional MS Excel data-collection & processing tools”

 

 

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