Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Complex Cases and Contribution Courts: using the ABC Framework to develop robust and compelling change narratives

Session Number: 2206
Track: Internal Evaluation
Session Type: Ignite
Tags: case study, complexity, Program theory
Session Facilitator: Mark Oldenbeuving [Manager - Design and Innovation - Palladium]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (11:30 AM - 12:15 PM)
Room: CC - 3: Ignite 47 (Fri 12:00-12:05pm)

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This ignite presentation will demonstrate a novel methodology for developing case studies that combines convincing storytelling with rigorous analysis of causal pathways. The methodology is based on the Actor-based Change (ABC) Framework, which provides a structured approach for developing a program theory for interventions in complex systems. This session will demonstrate how the ABC Framework was used to develop case studies on an empowerment and accountability programme in Pakistan. It will show how causal pathways were developed to trace programme results back to programme interventions, and how evidence was collected to substantiate these causal pathways. It will then show how these cases studies were challenged by external experts in ‘contribution courts’ to increase their rigour. Finally, it will present how the results were communicated in a convincing manner, by combining the compelling change narrative with data visualisations and supporting images.



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