SAGE Journal Articles

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Journal Article 1: Hind, J. (2010). Additionality: A Useful Way to Construct the Counterfactual Qualitatively? Evaluation Journal of Australasia, 10(1), 28-35. DOI: 10.1177/1035719X1001000105

Abstract: This article explores the usefulness of the concept of additionality, a mixed-methods framework developed by Buisseret et al. (cited in Georghiou 2002) as a means of evaluative comparison of the counterfactual.

Questions to Consider:

1. How does the author explain that counterfactuals are typically addressed in impact evaluations?
2. What is the concept of additionality?
3. Given what you have learned in this chapter, how useful do you think this technique is?

Journal Article 2: Minzner, A., Klerman, J. A., Markovitz, C. E., & Fink, B. (2014). The Impact of Capacity-Building Programs on Nonprofits: A Random Assignment Evaluation. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 43(3), 547-569. DOI: 10.1177/0899764013491013

Abstract: This article presents the findings from the first random assignment evaluation to be conducted in the field of nonprofit capacity building.

Questions to Consider:

1. What does the Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) Demonstration Program attempt to accomplish?
2. How was random assignment used in this evaluation?
3. What were the findings and why was random assignment critical in determining the findings?

Journal Article 3: White, H. (2010). A Contribution to Current Debates in Impact Evaluation. Evaluation, 16(2), 153-164. DOI: 10.1177/1356389010361562

Abstract: A debate on approaches to impact evaluation has raged in development circles in recent years. This paper makes a contribution to this debate through discussion of four issues.

Questions to Consider:

1. What are the four issues the author focuses on?
2. Why in the author’s opinion is there confusion about counterfactuals?
3. What is your reaction to the author’s assertions given what you have read in this chapter?