This Sourcebook describes a wide range of methods and techniques that are applied in the evaluation of socio-economic development. The methods and techniques are listed alphabetically, with two large sections on impact evaluation – theory based and counterfactual which discuss a number of approaches within the sections. Users are advised to search for material they want rather than reading through the sourcebook from the beginning to the end.
The stage in the programme/policy cycle - prospective analysis/retrospective analysis.
Additionally, the appropriateness of the methods and techniques depends on the scope of the evaluation - which could range from an overall evaluation of a multi-sectoral programme, to an in-depth study of a particular evaluation question.
The elaborations of the techniques provide users with some ideas on how they can be applied and the main steps involved. It should be stressed, however, that some of the techniques are themselves longstanding and build upon a wealth of experience and literature that is not fully reviewed here. The main purpose of the presentations is to show how the techniques can contribute to the evaluation of socio economic development. Users are encouraged to refer to the references given prior to using the techniques for the first time. The information given here should however be sufficient to enable those reading the findings of evaluation where the techniques have been applied to.