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InterAction’s document library is a resource for and by the NGO community and our partners. It includes reports, press releases and advocacy materials. Search by document type, issue area and country to explore.

May 10, 2016
Upon the invitation of the NGO Forum in Nigeria, Vice-President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice Patricia McIlreavy and Director of Humanitarian Practice Julien Schopp traveled to Nigeria from March 28 through April 8, 2016. Visiting both Abuja and Maiduguri, the team reviewed humanitarian practice and policy issues, including inter-agency response leadership; NGO coordination structures; the implementation of Transformative Agenda best practices; and humanitarian access and delivery modalities.Within this report, written by the mission participants, InterAction provides observations, key findings and recommendations for Nigeria and the wider Inter-Agency Standing Committee. 
May 03, 2016
This presentation was made during InterAction's Forum 2016, in a session titled: "Measuring Agency-Level Results: Can it Work, and Does It Matter? Findings From an InterAction White Paper." A summary of the session is below. The white paper is available here.What can we say about what our organization is accomplishing at a global level? How many people are we reaching? To what degree and in what ways are we making a difference in people's lives? Are we achieving our mission? From big to small, dozens of NGOs are grappling with this challenge. While M&E experts struggle with whether and how to put effective agency-level results measurement systems into place, senior executives and external voices continue to press for ways to answer these fundamental questions.In response to this challenge, InterAction’s Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Working Group – led by 11 major NGOs – commissioned a white paper to learn from organizations’ experiences in building agency-level results measurement systems. Researched and written by a team of industry experts, the paper aims to inform senior leaders, M&E staff, and the donor community about the practicality, implications, constraints, and potential of such initiatives. This workshop will present the paper’s findings and facilitate a discussion among a variety of organization staff.Moderator:Laia Grino, Director of Transparency, Accountability and Results, InterActionSpeakers:Carlisle Levine, Independent Consultant, BLE Solutions, LLCChip Barnett, Senior Technical Advisor for Organizational Measurement, International Rescue CommitteeChristie Getman, Senior Director, Program Quality and Technical Support, Lutheran World ReliefTosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Transnational NGO Initiative, Syracuse University
May 03, 2016
This brief, intended for executive leaders, is a summary of the white paper, "Measuring International NGO Agency-Level Results," written by Carlisle Levine, Tosca Bruno van Vijfeijken and Sherine Jayawickrama. The brief provides insights for executive leaders considering establishing agency-level measurement systems and covers:What agency-level measurement looks like;How agency-level measurement systems are used; andFactors that affect the success of agency-level measurement systems.
Apr 27, 2016
When the G20 leaders meet in September to discuss pressing global issues, it is imperative that they take action to address the needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. This paper contains the recommendations of the U.S. G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance, a group of 45 non-governmental organizations.
Apr 17, 2016
International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) work in numerous countries and are engaged in many sectors, providing services, building capacities, strengthening systems, and influencing policy and practice. While they are increasingly able to provide evidence of the effectiveness of their project and program-level investments, they are still figuring out how to demonstrate the difference they are making as organizations. In response, many international NGOs create agency-level measurement systems, with varying degrees of success. To examine whether or not the building of agency-level measurement systems is a worthwhile endeavor, under what conditions it delivers benefits and what are its potential challenges, NGOs wanted to learn from each other’s experiences. Eleven international NGOs as part of InterAction’s Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Working Group (EPEWG) commissioned this study to enhance their understanding of these systems, what works, and for what purposes. The paper describes motivations for creating such systems, the expectations and assumptions associated with them, and the nature of the systems. It includes three brief cases as examples. The paper then analyzes what it takes to build and maintain them, their use, key challenges, benefits, risks, trade-offs, and costs. Based on that analysis, the paper offers a series of recommendations to help NGOs decide whether or not agency-level measurement makes sense for them, and, if so, how to develop systems that meet their needs.