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Simone Lombardini

Simone Lombardini

Simone is a global impact evaluation adviser at Oxfam GB. He provides specialist advice on tools, methods and process for undertaking rigorous impact evaluation on Oxfam's projects. He is currently working on a range of focused evaluations of a random sample of Oxfam's projects in order to capture and communicate our effectiveness as an organisation and promote effective learning.

Findings from a meta-analysis of women’s empowerment projects

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What overall impact are Oxfam’s women’s empowerment projects having? Simone Lombardini and Kristen McCollum attempted to answer this question by conducting a meta-analysis of our effectiveness review evaluations. Here Simone shares the key findings. After over six years conducting impact evaluations of women’s empowerment projects, I am very pleased to share our lessons from a recent meta analysis. ‘Using internal …

Fieldwork in Zambia. Credit: Milagros Gismondi/Oxfam

What we’ve learnt about sharing real-time data


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At Oxfam we are continually developing our use of digital technology for surveys. Here Simone Lombardini and Emily Tomkys Valteri reflect on lessons learnt from the process of using and sharing real-time data during fieldwork to conduct Oxfam’s Effectiveness Reviews. In 2015 Oxfam’s Impact Evaluation Advisers started using digital devices to conduct household surveys for Oxfam’s Effectiveness Reviews (ex-post, quasi-experimental …

A women's group in Cambodia. Credit: Sokunthea Chor/Oxfam America

How do we measure women’s empowerment?

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Empowering women and supporting gender equality is the stated aim of many development projects. Often these projects are asked to monitor and evaluate the extent to which their work is contributing to achieving greater empowerment, but there is little guidance on how to do it. In this blog Simone Lombardini presents a new guide to measuring women’s empowerment in Oxfam …

Household consumption in Ethiopia

FAQ: How can I measure household income? (Part 2)

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In the second of a two-part blog on measuring household income, Oxfam GB’s Impact Evaluation Advisers explain their approaches to measuring household wealth. ncreasing household income is the final outcome indicator for many development projects. Given this, as Impact Evaluation Advisers, it is unsurprising that we are often asked how to measure it for monitoring or impact evaluation assessments. Last …

Household consumption in Ethiopia

FAQ- How can I measure household income? (Part 1)

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In the first of a two-part blog unpacking the above question, Oxfam GB’s Impact Evaluation Advisers explain their approaches to measuring household consumption. In Part 2 next week: strategies for measuring household wealth. or this reason, in our impact evaluations of livelihoods projects (Effectiveness Reviews) we do not to attempt directly collecting data on total household income. Instead, in order …

A woman bathes her grandchild in Turkana north, Kenya. Six boreholes were drilled in the area bringing much-needed reliable water sources making a significant impact on time spent on care.

Measuring time: Comparing questionnaire designs

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Simone Lombardini compares duration, estimates and enumerator’s bias from two different time-use survey modules from the same impact evaluation survey in Indonesia. npaid care work and ‘ Time Poverty‘ are increasingly recognised as relevant to development efforts, and interest in measuring time-use data is growing. However, gathering information on time use is not easy; time-use modules are known for being …

Participants of a session on how to empower women to take part in political life, Yemen

Out in the open: Oxfam’s impact evaluation survey data now available for download

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Through the effectiveness reviews, Oxfam collects a large amount of individual and household survey data. In this blog, we explain why we are making these data available, and where to find them. e talked about this in previous blogs and presentations, and I am happy to finally be able to announce that the individual and household survey data we collected …

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Unleash the real geeks

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Simone Lombardini introduces our new series ‘real geek’, Research, Evaluation and Adaptive Learning (Generating Evidence and an Enthusiasm for Knowledge), blogs for anyone who sees research, measurement and evaluation as essential tools for learning, adaptation and ultimately improved impact. his is the first of a series of blogs where Oxfam’s technical advisers, researchers and programme colleagues will share questions, learning, …