Author Archives: Thomas de Hoop

Thomas de Hoop

Thomas de Hoop was formerly an Evaluation Specialist at 3ie. He is currently a Research and Evaluation Specialist at the American Institutes of Research.

Making participation count

and | January 9, 2014

Toilets get converted into temples, and schools are used as cattle sheds. These are stories that are part of development lore. They illustrate the poor participation of ‘beneficiaries’ in well-intentioned development programmes. So, it is rather disturbing that millions of dollars are spent on development programmes with low participation, when we have evidence that participation
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Moving impact evaluations beyond controlled circumstances

| June 12, 2013

The constraints imposed by an intervention can often make designing an evaluation quite challenging. If a large-scale programme is rolled out nationally, for instance, it becomes very hard to find a credible comparison group. Many evaluators would shy away from evaluating programmes when it is hard to find a plausible counterfactual. Since it’s also harder to
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African theories of change: lost in translation?

and | February 6, 2012

The word ‘evaluation’ has several different meanings in African languages. In the Yoruba language, evaluation is often associated with ‘ayewo’ which means ‘investigation’. The meaning ties in with the cultural concept of evaluation. Many African societies have ‘evaluation’ rooted in their traditions in that they undertake all  kinds of ‘investigations’ before they embark on a major
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