Subject: development methods

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Women involved in the Raising Her Voice programme in Pakistan. Credit: Irina Werning/Oxfam

Taking Oxfam’s evaluations to another level

The best evaluations of development programmes combine qualitative and quantitative data. But working out how to use the data harmoniously and adapt research to fit the latest findings is not straightforward....

An Oxfam focus group in Douentza, Mali, 2013. Credit: Habibatou Gologo/Oxfam

New guidelines for the intrepid development researcher

Conducting high quality research is an essential aspect of programme design, evaluation and communication. Here Martin Walsh, Global Research Adviser, introduces our research guidelines, now with...

Fishing and systems thinking

Making systems thinking real

It's time to throw away the old rulebooks, and introduce some new learning, innovation and humility, explains John Chettleborough, Agricultural Markets and Enterprise Unit Manager. For development...

Vietnamese youth discussing their challenges during the Young at Heart workshop in Hanoi. Credit: Tuan Anh/Oxfam

Designing programmes which are young at heart

Researchers from Oxfam Novib asked young people in Uganda and Vietnam to share their problems, their hopes and dreams, and analysed the results to draw conclusions about what issues prospective development...

Sukitha, a member of a dairy cooperative which Oxfam helped set up in Muruganwr Si Lanka, buying fruit and vegetables at a local shop. Credit: Abir Abdullah/Oxfam

Business and development: fashion, unbridled enthusiasm and cold showers

This week, the UN Private Sector Forum will discuss the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here Erinch Sahan, Private Sector Policy Adviser,...


Top five back to school reads

Been away? Here are some of the most thought provoking aid and development blogs of the summer which we think you need to read. Including guest posts from ODI, Bond and the Leonard Cheshire Disability...

Kong Sineoun FCC of Kor Kok commune, Santok District showing her messages to other members in the room. Credit: Oxfam

Technology for social good – top 100 inspiring uses

Oxfam is increasingly exploring how to introduce technology in our programme work. We often find the first question asked by country staff is whether there are any ideas or case studies for inspiration. That's...

A woman being registered by Oxfam as a head of household for distributions in the event of flooding in Pampanga, Philippines. Credit: Oxfam

A data revolution is underway. Will NGOs miss the boat?

We live in a world where more data is being generated than ever before. For NGOs in international development increased data offers opportunities and poses risks, but ignoring it is not an option....

A rights based approach to responsible data

Today Oxfam is proud to publish a new Responsible Data Policy which focuses on our commitment to treat the programme data we collect with respect and uphold the rights of those whom data is about....

Support for everyday living. Credit: Leonard Cheshire Disability

The disability and development gap

Is development further disadvantaging people with disabilities? Nora Ellen Groce, Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre at University College London, recently...

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