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Qualitative scales – bridging the gap between quantitative and qualitative approaches
Onsdag 15 November 2017, 13:30 - 16:00

On behalf of the Global Focus M&E Network, Save the Children DK and ActionAid DK are pleased to invite you for a workshop meeting Wednesday the 15th November from 13.30 – 16.00. The topic will be using qualitative scales to aggregate results. At the workshop, Save the Children will share its experience of working with scales to summarise results as well as using scales to ensure participation by beneficiaries in relation to the Core Humanitarian Standard.


Civil society organisations often face hard choices when evaluating results. They can either reduce qualitative knowledge to numerical figures or present detailed narratives without comparisons across cases. To address this challenge, the workshop explores how qualitative scales can be used to bridge this divide, while still being able to analyse results across partners, programmes and contexts. The approach can be integrated with outcome mapping and outcome harvesting to monitor change contributions over time. It draws on core features from qualitative comparative analysis – a method to score cases and identify causalities based on qualitative principles, which has been used by DFID and others.



13:30 – 13:45: Welcome and introduction

13:45 – 14:00: Measuring beneficiary experiences in humanitarian contexts – lessons from the Listen, Learn, Act project (Grethe Markussen, Humanitarian Advisor, SCD)

14:00 – 14:45: Working with qualitative scales – aggregating and analysing results across programmes and contexts (Kasper Jon Larsen, MEAL Advisor, SCD)

14:45 – 15:00: Break

15:00 – 15:45: Group work on constructing qualitative scales

15.45 – 16.00: Wrap-up and next steps for the M&E network


Please register below no later than Monday the 13th November if you are attending the workshop.


The meeting will take place at Save the Children Denmark, Rosenørns Allé 12, 1634 København V. For further information or questions, please contact Kasper Jon Larsen at or Andreas Dybkjær-Andersson at


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