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Working Paper 13

Can we obtain the required rigour without randomisation? 

August 2011

Karl Hughes and Claire Hutchings describe problems development organizations face in moving beyond outcome measurement. In an effort to measure impact, Oxfam GB is pursuing the ‘effectiveness auditing’ approach. Yet this methodology may not yield actionable learning. Alternative approaches include partnering with research institutions, pursuing evidence-informed programmes, using evaluation resources more effectively and investments to boost evaluation capacity.

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