Fred Carden is the author or co-author of 6 books published in a dozen languages, as well as numerous chapters, articles and presentations.



Knowledge to Policy: Making the most of development research. Delhi & Ottawa: Sage & IDRC Publications. 2009.
Evaluating Capacity Development: Experiences from research and development organizations around the world. With Douglas Horton et al. The Hague, Ottawa & Wageningen: ISNAR, IDRC & CTA. 2003.
Organizational Assessment: A framework for improving performance. With Charles Lusthaus, Gary Anderson, Marie-Hélène Adrien and George Plinio Montalván. Washington & Ottawa: IDB & IDRC. 2002.
Outcome Mapping: Building learning and reflection into development programs. with Sarah Earl and Terry Smutylo. Ottawa: IDRC. 2001.
Enhancing Organizational Performance. With Charles Lusthaus, Gary Anderson, Marie-Hélène Adrien. Ottawa: IDRC. 2000.
Working with People: Indonesian Experiences with Community-based Development. Ed. With H. Poerbo, W. Found and L. Grenier. Toronto & Bandung: York U and ITB. 1995.

Chapter and Articles

Alternatives to the Conventional Counterfactual. With Michael Bamberger and Jim Rugh. in Evaluation Management in South Africa and Africa. Edited by Fanie Cloete, Babette Rabie and Christo de Coning. Stellenbosch. SUN MeDIA. 2014.
Walking Gently: Some cautions in developing a procedural view of knowledge. in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. doi: 10.1136/jech-2012-201059. 2012.
Asking Questions in the Solution Space: Methodological issue in evaluation equity. in Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2012.01.010. 2012.
Evaluation Roots: An international perspective. with M. Alkin. in Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, 2012. 8:17. 102-118.
Influencing Policy: Experiences from the field. in Social Science and Policy Challenges: Democracy, values and capacities,.ed. G. Papanagnou. Paris: UNESCO. 2011. Pp 165-180.
Impact Evaluation for Improving Development: Rethinking, reshaping and reforming. with P Rogers, D Bonbright, S Earl, Z Ofir, S Khagram & N MacPherson. Rockefeller Foundation. 2011.
Understanding Influence: The episode studies approach. in The Politics of Trade: The role of research in trade policy and negotiation. Ed. Diana Tussie. Dordrecht, Leiden, Boston: Brill. 2009.
The Real Evaluation Gap. in Alliance: For philanthropy and social investment worldwide. 2007. 12:4, pp 53-54.
Context Matters: The influence of IDRC-supported research on policy processes. in The Policy Paradox in Africa: Strengthening links between economic research and policy making. Ed. By Elias T. Ayuk & Mohamed Ali Marouani. Trenton NJ & Ottawa ON: Africa World Press & IDRC. 2007.
Confluence and Influence: Research to policy connections. with S Neilson. in Bridging Research and Policy: A new agenda for global development, ed. Diane Stone and Simon Maxwell, Routledge Press. 2005. Pp 139-155.