May 11, 2016



In 2010, 28 international NGOs in the United States and Europe participated in the Keystone Performance Survey: Development Partnerships to assess the quality of their relationships with their local partners. Since then, another 22 have commissioned the survey and more than 2,500 local partners have responded, yielding the participating INGOs with valuable information about how these partnerships could be improved and strengthened.

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Who Counts?: the power of participatory statistics by Jeremy Holland (with an afterword by Robert Chambers).  Available January 2013. This exciting new book carries 13 case studies of how diverse developmental programs have applied the approach and tools of participatory statistics to measurement and learning. Each case is a unique story about how program implementers and their constituents have themselves have found ways of generating statistically valid quantitative data, as well as quantifying and analysing qualitative data, about theRead More
Not all efforts to cultivate the voices of the grassroots are well conceived. It is hard to tell from this article, but it looks like this may well be one of those efforts that will reinforce the tendency of northern NGOs to be accountable upward to donors rather than downward to those they serve. We are not saying it has to work out that way, but there are serious risks that it could. It would beRead More
This is the fourth guidance note in a four-part series of notes related to impact evaluation developed by InterAction with financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation. This fourth guidance note, Use of Impact Evaluation Results, highlights three themes crucial for effective utilization of evaluation results. It was written by David Bonbright, Chief Executive of Keystone Accountability, who argues that the findings from impact evaluations – and indeed any evaluative activities – will not be used wellRead More
Within the context of improved governance and service delivery, Open Contracting refers to norms, practices and methodologies for increased transparency and monitoring in public contracting, including contracts implemented by multilateral donors. Open Contracting begins with the disclosure of the relevant public procurement information from pre-award activities through contract award and implementation to allow for effective monitoring and accountability for results. It covers the variety of contract types, with an initial emphasis on large-scale concessions dealsRead More
These materials were presented by David Bonbright at the Open Contracting First Global Meeting in Johannesburg on October 25th. The event was hosted by the World Bank Institute and GIZ. To view David’s presentation slides, please click here. To view the Theory of Change slide, please click here. To view the tool, please click here. For more information about this event, please contact Sara Danish on More
This report was released at the Open Contracting First Global Meeting in Johannesburg 24th-26th October. It presents the results from an online survey about a growing practice known as Open Contracting. The main purpose of the survey was to understand how familiar people are with the Open Contracting approach and how they understood its effects. The report – which comprises a narrative summary of the main findings followed by a comprehensive presentation of the findings –Read More
Keystone is working with Oxfam America, the Ethiopian Government, and the Gates Foundation on an ambitious program to transform the top-down Ethiopian extension system to make it more effective and more farmer-driven. Click here to read Andre’s article.Read More
This paper offers a practitioner’s perspective on an original approach and method for generating, making sense of, and learning from performance and impact data that are grounded in empirically valid feedback from the intervention’s primary constituents – those intended to directly benefit.Read More

Keystone and Alliance Magazine conducted an online survey in 2007 to get the opinions of those on both ends of evaluation, donors and grantees. The results suggest a broad acceptance of the importance of evaluation by donors and grantees alike, though neither group seems to feel it is contributing all that much to grantee effectiveness. This presents donors with a huge opportunity to fund grantees to do it better. If evaluation were properly funded, and if donors did more in terms of following up the findings, it could make all the difference.Read More