Balancing Inclusiveness, Rigour and Feasibility: Insights from Participatory Impact Evaluations in Ghana and Vietnam

This paper by Adinda Van Hemelrijck and Irene Guijt explores how impact evaluation can live up to standards broader than statistical rigour in ways that address challenges of complexity and enable stakeholders to engage meaningfully.

Making impact evaluation more effective by thinking beyond rigour

A narrow definition of rigour has long stood as the unchallenged principal standard that impact evaluation had to fulfil. Yet this standard alone has hindered the ability of evaluation to deal with complexity and to benefit from stakeholder engagement.