CART Principles

We put forth four key principles to help organizations of all sizes build strong systems of data collection for both activity monitoring and impact evaluation. The principles are credible, actionable, responsible, and transportable, or CART. Read more »



IPA collaborated with the Center for Effective Global Action to gather lessons from more than a dozen non-profits and social businesses on how to successfully monitor and evaluate social programs. By highlighting best practices and providing lessons on applying the CART Principles to data collection, the toolkit serves as a resource for learning and accountability for organizations of all sizes. Read more »



We wrote about how funders and implementers should pivot their monitoring and evaluation systems during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more »


Theory of Change and Program Design Resources

This is a set of resources on the theory of change and its relationship to program design. These resources take readers from needs assessments and the importance of the theory of change, through practical discussions of how to develop a theory of change and identify assumptions. Download »


Monitoring Resources

This is a list of resources for use in designing a monitoring system and understanding monitoring as good management. This set of textbook chapters, articles, blog posts, and organizational guides provides a range of information and perspectives on monitoring and management. They draw from a variety of sectors, from health to education to nonprofit and business management. Download »


Impact Evaluation Tools and Resources

These resources are for use in designing and running an impact evaluation. Beginning with the need for a theory-driven evaluation, and ending with a set of concrete tools to use in running an evaluation, they cover a range of practical materials useful for organizations that are considering a rigorous impact evaluation. Download »


Finding and Using Evidence Reviews and Evaluations

This is a list of resources to guide practitioners in finding and using evidence reviews and evaluations. They can be useful throughout the design phase of your program—showing you how others have defined similar problems and in what contexts, which interventions others have tried, and how large the effects of these programs have been found to be. Download »


Data Collection and Storage Resources

These resources on data collection and storage can aid in the development of monitoring and evaluation plans. When used in conjunction with a solid theory of change, these resources can help to ensure the collection of credible, actionable, and transportable data. Download »