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.

Design

A solid theory of change is the foundation of strong program design and a sound monitoring and evaluation strategy. These tools explore how to build a theory of change and link it to a CART monitoring strategy.
 

Summary

Theory of Change

Deep Dives

Guiding Your Program to Build a Theory of Change

Case Studies

Acumen

GiveDirectly

Resources

Theory of Change and Program Design

Monitor

Monitoring is critical to learning and accountability, but it is often undervalued. These tools aid in the development of a monitoring plan and system that reflects the CART principles and incorporates useful management practices.
 

Summary

Monitoring for Learning and Accountability

Deep Dives

Guiding Your Program to Build a Theory of Change

Using Administrative Data for Monitoring and Evaluation

Case Studies

Digital Green

Potential Energy

Premise

Root Capital

Splash

TulaSalud

Women for Women International

Resources

Resources for Monitoring

Evaluate

A poor evaluation is worse than no evaluation at all. These tools provide guidance on what it takes to measure impact credibly and responsibly, and to generate data that is both actionable within your organization and transportable to others.
 

Summary

Impact Measurement with the CART Principles

Deep Dives

Organizational Challenges of Impact Evaluation

Introduction to Rapid-Fire Operational Testing for Social Programs

Using Administrative Data for Monitoring and Evaluation

Case Studies

GiveDirectly

Root Capital

Splash

Acumen

One Acre Fund: Measuring Yields from Space

One Acre Fund: Theory of Change for the Adoption of New Technologies

Women for Women International

Resources

Resources and Tools for Impact Evaluation

Resources for Finding and Using Evidence Reviews and Evaluations

Collect and Store

Even the best designed evaluations and monitoring strategies will collapse without good data. These tools are meant to be used with a theory of change to ensure the collection of credible, actionable, and transportable data.
 

 

Deep Dives

Sensing Impacts: Remote Monitoring Using Sensors

A Mobile in Every Pocket: What Does it Mean for M&E?

Micro-satellite Data: Measuring Impact from Space

Case Studies

Digital Green

TulaSalud

Resources

Resources for Data Collection and Storage


We thank Google.org for their generous support in the production of the Goldilocks Toolkit.