Evaluating NCA’s interventions through multivariate analysis with big data – Emerging lessons

August 2020

Read the briefing paper EVALUATING NORWEGIAN CHURCH AID INTERVENTIONS THROUGH MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS WITH BIG DATA (pdf)

This briefing note presents the key findings from a 2020i scoping study on the potential of combining Norwegian Church Aid (NCAii) data with external datasets for better evaluations, and what doing that would require.

The main conclusion from NCA’s scoping study is clear: it is indeed possible for NCA to maximise the use of its internal data in evaluations by pairing or matching it with openly available datasets. This presents a wide range of possibilities to address OECD DAC evaluation criteria, especially in relation to relevance, coherence and impact.