How can NGOs get better at using evidence to influence governments and companies?

Duncan Green Influencing, Methodology, Research Leave a Comment

Duncan Green reflects on the Oxfam Research Network’s recent ‘Evidence for Influencing’ Conference, Organised by the Oxfam Research Network and hosted by Konkatkt de Kontinenten in the Netherlands.  This week I attended an ‘Evidence for Influencing’ conference in the Netherlands. A couple of Oxfam colleagues had started planning it as a small event, and then found such interest in the topic that …

Putting people’s voices first

Deborah Sambu ICT4D, Methodology, Research Leave a Comment

Using innovative research approaches, Africa’s Voices Foundation share how they use technology to reach the hardest to reach.  Development and governance should be led by the views of those who are affected by its implementation. This is our goal as Africa’s Voices Foundation. By using innovative research approaches, we help to open communication channels between organisations and communities, so that …

How to meaningfully categorise feedback

Emily Tomkys Valteri ICT4D, Methodology Leave a Comment

Feedback is essential for accountability and evaluation of programmes. Here, Destelia Ngwenya, gives an overview of the Your Word Counts project which addresses the accountability culture in our programme teams.  Through the scale up of the Your Word Counts project, Oxfam will be addressing the accountability culture in our programme teams. First piloted in Jordan, we are extending to four more countries …

A feminist approach to monitoring and evaluation

Irene Muñoz Gender, General, Methodology Leave a Comment

Irene Muñoz introduces our discussion paper on how to apply feminist principles to program monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning. Some time ago Oxfam’s staff, partners and external experts came together to reflect about the relevance for women’s rights of being able to capture, measure and perceive transformational change. They came up with a declaration about the feminist principles that should …

Global innovations in measurement and evaluation

Ruth Gripper Methodology, Real Geek Leave a Comment

In the latest for our Real Geek series, Ruth Gripper from NPC delves into the latest innovations for measurement and evaluation.  If I asked you what were the most exciting developments in measurement and evaluation today—things that are going to shape practice in the years to come—could you pick a list? Exploring innovations in measurement and evaluation Call it brave …

Agile research in the risky realities of the Central African Republic

Irene Guijt General, Humanitarian, Methodology, Real Geek, Research Leave a Comment

Conducting research in volatile locations like the Central African Republic (CAR) requires the agility to constantly adapt. Irene Guijt and Franziska Mager report back from a recent trip with unexpected twists and turns. Conducting research in a country like the Central African Republic with chronic conflict – and around half a million internally displaced people (1/8th of the national population!) …

How humanitarian effectiveness reviews impact our WASH programming

james Methodology, Research, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Leave a Comment

How Oxfam is using monitoring and evaluation to improve programming on water, sanitation and hygiene in Zimbabwe and beyond. By Katie Whitehouse (Global Urban WASH & Markets Advisor, Oxfam) and Parvin Ngala (WASH & Markets Project Manager, Oxfam Zimbabwe). A key challenge for the sector is translating monitoring and evaluation activities into programme change in the future. The recent publication of WASH …

Putting responsible data into practice

Amy O'Donnell ICT4D, Methodology 1 Comment

Rachel Hastie and Amy O’Donnell introduce Oxfam’s new responsible data training resources and their launch event.  90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years. Possibly the greatest challenge of the information age is how to manage data properly. As data is increasingly used for needs assessments, feedback, accountability and monitoring; management of …

Evolving ICTs in humanitarian: The power of networks

Amy O'Donnell ICT4D, Innovation, Methodology Leave a Comment

Amy O’Donnell unpacks the idea that ICTs save time, money and improve accuracy, whilst exploring the conditions needed for them to add value in humanitarian response. For three years, the Scaling Humanitarian ICTs Network (SHINE) funded by Sida has been exploring the role of Information Communications Technologies in humanitarian response. Last month all five countries in the network: Ethiopia, DRC, …

Inequality is worse than you think. And yes, we have the data

Nick Galasso Inequality, Methodology, Research Leave a Comment

Our recent report on global inequality faced criticism from some voices in the sector and beyond. Nick Galasso explains why the critics are wrong and why we’re so sure of our data. Oxfam’s recent assessment on the growing global gap between the rich and the poor is shocking: just 8 men now have as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 …