Program Evaluation

Dear ClASS Consultants and Interested Parties:

These updated and revised Administrative and Financial Modules (and accompanying Guidance documents) are based on recent revisions to U.S. government regulations. The 2 CFR 200 OMB Uniform Guidance: Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) was implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as 45 CFR Part 75. The goal was to streamline guidance for Federal awards to ease administrative burden, strengthen oversight of Federal funds to reduce risks of waste, fraud and abuse, and increase efficiency and effectiveness of Federal awards.

For all trained ClASS Administrative and Finance consultants, we encourage you to review both the new Guidance and Modules in preparation for any future involvement in ClASS assessment activities.

Advocacy in Action: A Toolkit to Support NGOs and CBOs Responding to HIV/AIDS

Last updated: Mon, 07/22/2013 - 01:03

The Advocacy in Action Toolkit aims to support non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) in developing countries to plan and implement effective advocacy work around HIV/AIDS. An overview on advocacy methods that have worked in the past to address HIV/AIDS is also provided, along with guidance on their appropriate use.

Shoestring Evaluation

Last updated: Mon, 07/22/2013 - 01:03

Evaluators must often conduct impact evaluations when working under budget, time, and/or data constraints. To ensure the highest quality evaluation possible given these constraints, the authors of this paper have developed an integrated "Shoestring Evaluation" approach. Case studies from Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America are included to illustrate the different Shoestring approaches.

Recent Practices in Monitoring and Evaluation

Last updated: Mon, 07/22/2013 - 01:03

This guide provides program managers with information on measuring institutional capacity, including some tools that measure the capacity of an entire organization as well as others that look at individual components or functions of an organization.

Building Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Systems for HIV/AIDS Programs

Last updated: Mon, 07/22/2013 - 01:03

Local grassroots organizations represent the frontlines of the battle on HIV/AIDS. Empowering these groups with effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) tools, will serve to strengthen their approaches and better capture the amazing results of their work. To this end, Pact developed the MER manual to assist local nongovernmental organizations working in HIV/AIDS.

Why Measure Performance

Last updated: Mon, 07/22/2013 - 01:03

As part of their overall management strategy, public managers can use performance measures to evaluate, control, budget, motivate, promote, celebrate, learn, and improve. Unfortunately, no single performance measure is appropriate for all eight purposes. This article guides public managers through selecting performance measures with the characteristics necessary to achieve each purpose.

Evaluation of International Development Programs

Last updated: Mon, 07/22/2013 - 01:03

Evaluators of international development programs operate in a very different environment than one would expect to find when evaluating US programs. These differences are discussed and a number of promising developments and methodological approaches are described here. The author concludes by suggesting a number of areas in which a closer exchange of experiences between US evaluation practitioners and their colleagues from developing countries could be mutually beneficial.