Evaluation Methodologies

Kristin Olsen, Sheelagh O'Reilly
June 2011

This review provides a brief overview of 3 synthesis methodologies used to deliver wider learning (what works where and why) around evaluation processes and specified topics: meta-evaluation, synthesis evaluations and systematic reviews. Each of these processes can be used to review and analyze data from a range of sources and provide a mechanism to draw out learning through the use of an explicit or implicit protocol specifying key details of the process including data quality assessment.

This paper seeks to describe each methodology and their key characteristics, and provide an assessment of their applicability for use in the evaluation of complex interventions or initiatives in the international development context.