How to Conduct a Successful Focus Group Discussion
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How to Conduct a Successful Focus Group Discussion

What is a Focus Group Discussion? A Focus Group Discussion (or FGD) is a qualitative research method in the social sciences, with a particular emphasis and application in the developmental program evaluation sphere. FGDs are a predetermined semi-structured interview led by a skilled moderator. The moderator asks broad questions to elicit…
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sampling techniques
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6 Sampling Techniques: How to Choose a Representative Subset of the Population

What Is Survey Sampling? Surveys would be meaningless and incomplete without accounting for the respondents that they’re aimed at. The best survey design practices keep the target population at the core of their thought process. ‘All the residents of the Dharavi slums in Mumbai’, ‘every NGO in Calcutta’ and ‘all…
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m&e
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5 Ways Technology Can Improve Your M&E

The monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process is turning into a spry new creature with technology. With increasing emphasis on real-time feedback, more rigorous data collection, and quantifiable results, the spread and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in monitoring and evaluation — ‘ICT4M&E’ in short — has sparked massive interest,…
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7 Types of Evaluation
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The 7 Types of Evaluation You Need to Know

Development programs have to prove that they have had a strong and positive impact. Different types of evaluations are invaluable in showing the benefits of a program to backers, sponsors, and program beneficiaries. In the past, measuring development programs involved pen-and-paper surveys and many people. This was inefficient, expensive and time…
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why visualize data
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Why Visualize Data?

If a picture is worth thousand words, then what about a neat data visualization? Displaying information in graphics to generate better insights is not a new phenomenon, but, with the advent of technology and increased access to data, it has become far more prominent. Once restricted to analysis of economics,…
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A Guide to Quantifying Qualitative Data

The ways in which qualitative data can be collected and analyzed are virtually infinite. (Guest, MacQueen, Namey, 2011) Most current researchers and social scientists prefer quantitive data. Unlike qualitative data, quantitative data is easy to measure and analyze with a wide variety of analytical techniques. Moreover, most organizations require quantitative…
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cross tabulation
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Cross Tabulation: How It Works and Why You Should Use It

Cross tabulation is a method to quantitatively analyze the relationship between multiple variables. Also known as contingency tables or cross tabs, cross tabulation groups variables to understand the correlation between different variables. It also shows how correlations change from one variable grouping to another. It is usually used in statistical analysis…
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grant proposal
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5 Best Practices for NGOs to Ace Funding Grant Proposals

When thinking about data in the development space, images of field workers talking to their stakeholders — farmers, nursing mothers, and community meetings — and collecting authentic data through tablets, smart phones, or pen and paper come to mind. However, for many NGOs, data collection is often quite different. Many…
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ngo, data, monitoring, evaluation, tech, survey question types
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5 Things You’re Doing Wrong in Your Monitoring and Evaluation Process

Success depends in knowing what works. (Bill Gates) Effective monitoring and evaluation is often called the holy grail of the development sector. An ideological turf war is being fought between the altruistic intentions of the heart of the field worker and the neoliberal rationality of the funding organization executive, writing out…
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