The OPM approach to assessing value for money 

This document offers practical guidance for assessing value for money (VfM) in international development programmes. Since 2016 Julian has been working with Oxford Policy Management (OPM) to develop and deploy a robust approach to VfM assessment. The approach combines cutting-edge evaluation practice with concepts from economic evaluation to respond to donor requirements for accountability and good resource allocation, as well as to support reflection, learning, and adaptive management.

Click here to download King and OPM (2018). The OPM approach to assessing value for money: A guide. Oxford: Oxford Policy Management Ltd.

Evaluation: Thinking Beyond Measurement

Evaluation is more than measurement. Good evaluation provides clear answers to important questions, so that action can be taken. Evaluation answers questions about how good something is, and whether it is good enough (Davidson, 2013). Explicit evaluative reasoning gives us the means to provide valid, transparent answers to those questions. The following diagram illustrates one form of evaluative reasoning in practice. (Click on the diagram to expand)

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