2024 Annual Learning Forum Salon 3: Leveraging Rigorous Outcome Performance Evaluations (ROPEs) - Tips, Tricks and Applications

February 29, 2024

Thu | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

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If I can’t use an impact evaluation and a typical performance evaluation will not tell me the impact of my program, what do I do? In this session, we’ll explore process tracing, a method that measures outcomes overtime, follows an activity’s theory of change, and explores alternative potential explanations of change. We'll hear from Macartan Humphreys (WZB Berlin), author of the newly released Integrated Inference textbook on mixed methods, Joe Amick (Social Impact), author of a guide on process tracing, and Laura Adams (Pact), who has been experimenting with process tracing in Pact's internal evaluation work. We'll also introduce the concept of a Rigorous Outcome Performance Evaluation (ROPE), which aims to take advantage of this methodological approach.   

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The DRG Learning Forum is an annual event supporting the generation, curation, and dissemination of DRG evidence and technical methods for DRG practitioners. The forum followed two closely related tracks. The Findings track focused on what we have learned from the DRG Learning Agenda and focused on evidence and learning that can inform program design and implementation. The Process track focused on sharing through a series of salons how we learn and share evidence, best practices, skills and resources on key topics of interest in the DRG space. 

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