Parameters of Unintended Effects

by Dec 20, 20170 comments

Ever since I fully realized that programs can (and often do) produce Unintended (or Unexpected) Effects (or Outcomes or Consequences) for the people directly or indirectly affected by the program, they are very present when I think about and practice Evaluation.

I knew my friend Michele Tarsilla (with Michael Bamberger and S. Hesse-Biber) had writen about this issue the paper Why so many “rigorous” evaluations fail to identify unintended consequences of development programs, so decided to read it and learn more about them, with the intention of having more knowledge of them for better identifying and reporting on them while doing an evaluation.

I often place myself in the evaluation users’ shoes – so I thought that if I was reading an evaluation report discussing Unintended Consequences, I would like to see something like this for each of the unintended effect found:

Ideally there would be one of these for each unintended effect found, in case the report discusses more than one.

Not sure if this is very useful, but at least it helps me remember the different parameters we should care about when investigating those unintended consequences… Thanks for reading!

New posts coming up:

(published every two weeks-ish 🙂 )

  • ToCs series
  • Visual summary of impact designs
  • Visual summaries of other criteria designs
  • Ideas to make Bibliographies more informative
  • Ways of mapping beneficiaries
  • My favorite pre-attentive features
  • Ideas for reports (series)
  • Some day: iterations with the Periodic Table of Evaluation

And more!

Stay tuned! 🙂

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