Digital Development: What is the role for Oxfam?

Matt Haikin ICT4D, Methodology Leave a Comment

Matt Haikin explains the findings of some new research, conducted with George Flatters, on what the roles of INGOs should be in an increasingly digital world. lthough Nairobi is the most well-known magnet for interesting ‘tech for good’ start-ups, the whole Horn, East and Central Africa(HECA) region is full of interesting ICT4D activities. In 2016, we interviewed and held workshops with …

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

Simone Lombardini ICT4D, Methodology, Real Geek Leave a Comment

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 …

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

Simone Lombardini Methodology, Real Geek Leave a Comment

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 …

Walking the talk with Participatory Impact Assessment Learning Approach (PIALA) in Myanmar

Adinda Van Hemelrijck Methodology, Real Geek Leave a Comment

Adinda Van Hemelrijck reflects on how we adapted PIALA for an impact evaluation in Myanmar. n 2015, Oxfam commissioned an impact evaluation of its resilient livelihoods project in the Dry Zone in Myanmar (part of the Effectiveness Review series). This project worked to develop a village-level mechanism – called Membership Organisation (MO) – that could facilitate broad citizen participation in local …

Measuring time: Comparing questionnaire designs

Simone Lombardini Methodology, Real Geek Leave a Comment

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 …

To cluster or not to cluster? Not to cluster…

Jonathan Lain Methodology, Real Geek Leave a Comment

Getting standard errors right is important for anyone trying to do quantitative impact evaluation. We want to know that any impacts of the project that we observe are real, rather than just the result of random variation in the data. In this blog post, Jonathan Lain focuses on one particular aspect of calculating standard errors that has proved a real …

Introducing our new case studies of Oxfam’s research in practice

Martin Walsh Methodology, Research Leave a Comment

High quality research is an integral part of evidence-informed advocacy and development programming. Here Martin Walsh, Global Research Adviser, introduces our new series of case studies, starting with one about the research  behind Oxfam’s most talked-about killer fact, and another discussing a methodologically challenging impact evaluation in Pakistan. ollowing the success of our online research guidelines, we’re launching a new …

Building trust through accountability

Emily Tomkys Valteri Methodology, Real Geek Leave a Comment

Oxfam’s Humanitarian Informal Feedback project funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) has recently come to a close. Here Project Manager Emily Tomkys shares the evaluation report  and delves deeper into one specific finding: the link between trust and accountability. eceiving feedback from communities that organisations like Oxfam work with is an essential pillar of ensuring our work is responsive …

Geek out with us @ MERL Tech London

Emily Tomkys Valteri ICT4D, Methodology, Real Geek Leave a Comment

MERL Tech – an event exploring the use of technology for monitoring, evaluation research and learning – is coming to London for the first time in February 20-21st 2017. Hosted at the St Brides Foundation by Oxfam and Comic Relief, we are calling for practitioners to submit session ideas and to sign up to attend and become part of our …