Evaluating NCA interventions through multivariate analysis with big data Emerging findings on how to pair data from civil society organisations with external data for better evaluations
This briefing note presents the key findings from a 2020 scoping study on the potential of combining Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) data with external datasets for better evaluations, and what doing that would require. Through its work, NCA produces a significant amount of data for monitoring and evaluation purposes. This includes geo-located, household-level survey data as well as project locations (e.g. wells and other water supply points, schools). NCA also regularly conducts evaluations of a global nature (multi-country evaluations). The evaluation type used by NCA depends on the evaluation’s overall purpose and questions, the nature of the intervention to be evaluated, the existing evidence and available resources. One area of interest is to explore the potential of combining datasets – data produced by NCA together with open databases.