Redstone worked with six members of a global network of roughly 50 think tanks in developing countries to design a new approach to monitoring, evaluation, and communications. The approach combines estimates of the social return on the think tank’s investment in a given instance of policy change, structured estimates of its contribution to that change, and qualitative summaries of each case.
Redstone further explored the approach with the network’s twelve Latin American think tanks at a regional monitoring and evaluation workshop, and summarized it in a paper that also discusses lessons learned and explains other possible uses (e.g., for prospective decision-making).
Examples of the final products – known as impact graphics, and accompanied by more detailed technical notes – are available in English and Spanish:
- Strengthening Democracy in Ghana, graphic and technical notes
- Evaluating and Improving Microfinance in Bolivia, graphic and technical notes in English, graphic and technical notes in Spanish
- Ghana’s Oil – Avoiding the Resource Curse, graphic and technical notes
- Promoting Broad-based Growth in Tanzania, graphic and technical notes