West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation/ Programme de renforcement des capacités et d’évaluation de impact en Afrique de l’Ouest, 28-29 Jan

First conference of the West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation (WACIE) Program | La première conférence du Programme de renforcement des capacités et d'évaluation de l'impact en Afrique de l'Ouest (WACIE)

Cotonou, Bénin
28 – 29 Jan 2019

3ie and the Government of Benin, in collaboration with other partners, are organizing a two-day conference to present the West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation (WACIE) Program activities, and share findings from a scoping study on evaluation capacity and opportunities in the region.

3ie et le gouvernement du Bénin, en collaboration avec d’autres partenaires, organisent une conférence de deux jours pour la présentation des activités du Programme de renforcement des capacités et d'évaluation de l'impact en Afrique de l'Ouest (WACIE) et la présentation des résultats de l’étude exploratoire sur les capacités et les opportunités d’évaluation dans la région.

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Published on: 13 dec 2018

Coming soon: CEDIL call for applications for research projects and innovative impact evaluations

The Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning will issue a request for applications for research projects and innovative applications that contribute to their strategic research agenda.

This pre-announcement should enable prospective researchers and evaluation specialists to develop project ideas and assemble teams in preparation for two calls - one for large projects (up to £1 million) and one for small projects (under £300,000) – which will be issued in early February 2019.

Themes and criteria

CEDIL will fund research projects and innovative impact evaluations which address three themes:

  1. Evaluating complex interventions
  2. Enhancing the transferability of evaluation through middle range theory
  3. Enhancing the use and usefulness of evaluation findings

To maximise the impact of its funded research, CEDIL will prioritise applications from researchers and evaluation practitioners in the Global South, and those which can demonstrate strong relevance to the programmes and policies of CEDIL’s funder, the UK Department for International Development (DFID). CEDIL is committed to supporting gender equity and diversity.

For more detailed information on the funding opportunities, please see the full pre-announcement note here.

Published on: 12 dec 2018

Program manager, 3ie, Washington, DC

3ie is seeking a program manager to support strategic initiatives including new business development, project and membership management and program development, by researching, analyzing, compiling, coordinating and communicating information. This is a US-based position and applicants should have the right to work in the country. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Published on: 12 dec 2018

Operations associate, 3ie, Washington, DC

3ie is seeking an operations associate to assume multiple responsibilities including supporting the director, strengthening 3ie’s institutional advancement efforts, managing aspects of the Washington office,and assisting program and technical staff, among other tasks. Applicants should have the right to work in the United States. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Published on: 12 dec 2018

Using Evidence to improve child wellbeing in India: a guide for policy-makers and practitioners, 14 December, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

The Campbell Collaboration, Save the Children and UNICEF are organising a joint event that will explore what evidence is available to improve child welfare and rights and how it is being used, drawing on experiences from around the world and from across India. The discussions will explore various issues pertaining to child rights, child labour, violence and early marriage. The panel discussions will also discuss the need for increased investment in generating and using sound evidence, both globally and in India.

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Published on: 03 dec 2018

Consultant, Women’s Collective Specialist in East-Africa, American Institutes for Research

American Institutes for Research is seeking experts based in East Africa to contribute to the research on the impact and cost-effectiveness of women’s collectives in the region. The consultant will also provide technical assistance to the gender-equality team of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; engage with partners and stakeholders, collect primary and secondary data and contribute to the analysis of quantitative data.

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Published on: 03 dec 2018

Research Fellow in Nutrition, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is looking for a research fellow in nutrition to work on the evaluation of three studies in rural India and Nepal. The successful applicant should have a doctoral degree in nutrition, public health, economics, or other quantitative discipline, with a substantial nutrition component. Demonstrated experience of conducting household surveys in low-income settings is essential. The deadline for the applications is 9 Jan 2018. 

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Published on: 03 dec 2018

Consultant- Implementation research in nutrition, 3ie, New Delhi

3ie is seeking a consultant to support our ongoing work around implementation research in nutrition. The consultant will be expected to work on an evidence gap map, a stakeholder engagement report and a training module. This position includes field visits to different parts of rural India. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, the deadline for applications is 5 December.

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Published on: 19 nov 2018

Senior evaluation specialist, 3ie, Washington, DC

3ie is seeking a senior evaluation specialist to manage evidence programmes, provide technical leadership for impact evaluations, implementation research and capacity building, support business development activities and represent 3ie externally. This is a US-based position and applicants should have the right to work in the country. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Published on: 14 nov 2018

Bursaries available for Impact Evaluation Training Seminar in Francophone Africa

3ie is offering a limited number of bursaries to attend the Impact Evaluation Training Seminar in Francophone Africa (SEImAF) organised by CLEAR-Francophone Africa. The course will be held from 3 December to 14 December 2018 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 

The seminar will help evaluation professionals to learn approaches and tools necessary for conducting rigorous impact assessments. The course will be conducted entirely in French. 

Click here to apply for the 3ie bursary (members and open-call).

Applicants are requested to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria specified by the organisers and that they have completed and submitted the course's registration form before submitting an application for 3ie bursary. The deadline is Friday, 9 November 2018.

Bursary support covers course fee, round-trip economy class airfare and accommodation, as specified by 3ie. We do not cover travel expenses in the country, visa fees or meals other than those provided by the accommodation as part of the room rate. No per diem/ daily allowance will be provided.

Published on: 22 oct 2018

Call for proposals: evaluation of the demand creation for eggs among caregivers in Nigeria

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition is inviting proposals to conduct an impact evaluation of a demand creation approach to motivate caregivers to purchase and provide eggs to children between the ages of 6 months to 5 years in Kaduna State, Nigeria. The alliance is seeking a research partner to co-design and implement the evaluation using qualitative and quantitative methods. The evaluation team must include a partner based in Nigeria. The deadline to submit proposals is 10 November.

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Published on: 08 oct 2018

Senior impact evaluation specialist, University of Mannheim, Germany

The Chair of Econometrics, University of Mannheim is seeking a Senior impact evaluation specialist. The specialist will work with small research teams to conduct experimental or quasi-experimental impact evaluations in L&MICs. The specialist will also be responsible for tasks such as preparing grant proposals, built local capacity and liaise with local partners. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

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Published on: 01 jun 2018

3ie receives new grant for implementation in nutrition programme

3ie has been awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates for a program to improve implementation of anaemia control programs for women and children in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. The purpose of this program is to strengthen the use of implementation science and create a galvanized coalition of policymakers, program actors, and researchers in each country. 3ie is collaborating with the Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition (SISN) on this three-year project.

Published on: 22 jan 2018

3ie contributions to AfrEA 2017 mentioned in the AfrEA newsletter

3ie’s co-sponsorship and active participation at the AfrEA conference were well mentioned in the AfrEA newsletter post the event. Dedicated pages in the newsletter acknowledge 3ie’s contribution and an excerpt from the keynote address by 3ie’s executive director.

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Published on: 10 aug 2017

The tide continues to move on mass deworming–where are we now?

In conjunction with the latest systematic review on deworming, 3ie's Benjamin Wood teamed up with Alexander Aiken to co-author their commentary 'The tide continues to move on mass deworming–where are we now?' The commentary provides a broad overview of the state of the evidence base around deworming interventions and gives four recommendations for moving forward. The commentary is one of a series published along with the systematic review in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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Published on: 05 mar 2017

How do you know if aid really works? Turns out, we often don’t

In NPR's latest article titled How do you know if aid really works? Turns out, we often don’t,  3ie's executive director Emmanuel Jimenez discusses the steady rise in impact evaluations, the limited use of resulting evidence and the need for researchers to continue working directly with policymakers. Read the article by NPR's Nurith Aizenman which includes interviews with J-PAL's Rachel Glennerster, Abhijit Banerjee and the Center for Global Development's Amanda Glassman.

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Published on: 25 jan 2017

Evidence of learning impact

This piece in the Education Times of the Times of India, India’s largest circulating newspaper, talks extensively about the launch of 3ie’s education effectiveness systematic review, the most comprehensive  review of 216 education programmes in 52 low- and middle-income countries has several major findings on what works and what doesn’t to improve key education outcomes. 3ie had launched its Education Effectiveness Review that looked at the impact of educational interventions on several learning outcomes in 52 low- and middle-income countries during the Delhi Evidence Week 2016 held on 15-16 November. 

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Published on: 02 dec 2016

Impact Evaluation Makes Good Sense -Emmanuel Jimenez's interview with Businessworld

In this interview with Neeta Mishra of Businessworld, executive director of 3ie, Emmanuel Jimenez talks about the role of impact evaluation in assisting policymakers. Emmanuel Jimenez discusses the importance of how designing and implementing policies that are meant to improve the lives of the poor do a better job if they are informed by evidence on what works, for whom and why.

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Published on: 17 nov 2016

impactAFRICA monthly online webinars

impactAFRICA, in partnershipwith the World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund will present online webinars monthly. These webinars will be conducted by global development experts and media strategists on sectors, including education, early childhood nutrition. They will underscore the importance of evidence-based policy-making for programmes that deliver results. While the webinar series was developed for journalists in Africa who cover these issues, they will also be useful for global students, development practitioners, policymakers and others who want to improve their knowledge of development issues and how to measure impact.

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Published on: 14 nov 2016

3ie featured in The Statesman

The piece in the Independent, Computers and textbooks will not solve growing global education crisis alone, major report finds by Rachel Pells was also reproduced by the Statesman newspaper as Barely changing anything.

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Published on: 13 oct 2016

3ie featured in INDEPENDENT

3ie's new systematic review summary report, The impact of education programmes on learning and school participation in low- and middle-income countries is cited in this piece in the Independent, Computers and textbooks will not solve growing global education crisis alone, major report finds. It explores how expert analysis of global education research suggest that resources are being poorly spent on materials rather than teacher training in many lower-income countries.

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Published on: 13 oct 2016

Heard AC and Brown AN. 2016. Public readiness for HIV self-testing in Kenya. AIDS Care

Anna Heard and Annette Brown recently published a paper in AIDS Care, reviewing 5 formative research studies that 3ie funded in Kenya. The studies addressed different questions related to the usability and acceptability of HIV self-tests, as well as potential distribution points, promoting linkage to care, and potential risks associated with HIV self-testing. The results of the research informed 3 pilot studies and their impact evaluations, also funded by 3ie, the results of which will be available this year.

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Published on: 12 jul 2016

New on 3ie website: Web profiles of member agencies

Jennifer Ludwig

3ie is pleased to announce that we are launching member profiles as a new website feature to showcase the important work our members are doing with impact evaluation. The new website feature is one of several ways that 3ie is responding to increased demand from members for activities and support for member networking and peer learning. The profile for each member can be easily accessed by clicking on their listing on the 3ie members’ web page. The profiles, written in consultation with members, offer information on their interest in and experience with impact evaluation. They also include examples of members’ engagement with 3ie and other members, such as providing support for 3ie programmes, helping to plan our annual members’ conference, hosting a study tour for other members, presenting at 3ie-organised events and receiving training and technical support from 3ie experts.

Published on: 26 apr 2016

Improving adolescent lives in South Asia

Stuti Tripathi

At the recently concluded Kathmandu conclave for evaluators, 3ie moderated a panel on improving adolescents' lives in South Asia, which included panellists from Breakthrough, Catalyst Management Services and UNICEF. The panellists highlighted adolescence as the critical formative years when gendered social attitudes and power relations and perceptions take shape and drive their behaviours as adults. To change existing unequal gender norms and for that change to be sustainable, it is crucial that gendered attitudes among adolescents change. There was an assessment of the steps being taken to understand gender-based inequality and current interventions on the ground. Panellists agreed that a multi-level, multi-actor nuanced approach is required to reduce gendered marginalisation and discrimination.

Published on: 14 dec 2015

Africa: Nigeria endorses the Abuja Declaration on Evaluation

The Nigerian National Evaluation Conference, the first of its kind organised by the Nigerian Association of Evaluators (NAE), took place in Abuja between 16-19 November in Abuja. 3ie was one of the sponsors of this conference that culminated in the landmark Abuja Declaration on Evaluation, which recognises the importance of country-led monitoring and evaluation systems for the effective development of Nigeria. The conference has been the result of years of work by Nigerian evaluation specialists, stakeholders and partners towards building a platform that focuses on a collective evaluation vision for Nigeria. 3ie conducted a full day of training, ‘Impact evaluation designs and how to develop a valid theory of change’ and How does 3ie support evidence-informed policy in developing countries’ on the first day of the conference. The NAE now hopes to build a federation of bodies that works towards the professionalisation of evaluation in Nigeria by supporting the creation of a stronger demand for and supply of evaluation.

Published on: 26 nov 2015

Africa: Health Innovations Need Much More Than Research

3ie has been cited in this article which looks at what discussions emerged from the Global Forum for Research and Innovation for Health, held recently in the Philippines. The article also appeared inScidev.net and MIT News

The MacArthur Foundation has featured the grant to 3ie and also mentions the youth and transferable skills scoping paper and evidence gap map.

Helen Young, a panelist at the inception workshop for TW6 on humanitarian assistance has written an account of her participation in the workshop in a blog for the Feinstein International Centre, Tufts University, where she is a Research Director for Nutrition, Livelihoods and Conflicts.

Published on: 13 oct 2015

Online course: Systematic reviews for policy and practice

The Institute of Education, University of London is holding a 13-week online course on Systematic reviews for policy and practice: diversity, design and debate in reviews of research, 21 September – 20 December 2015. Course fee: GBP 670

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Published on: 28 jul 2015

David Miliband and Ravi Gurumurthy cite 3ie impact evaluation database in a Foreign Affairs article on improving humanitarian aid

In this Foreign Affairs article, David Miliband and Ravi Gurumurthy from the International Rescue Committee argue that evidence-based solutions create a major opportunity for donors and agencies to make humanitarian aid more effective. They cite the 3ie impact evaluation database as an important source for getting evidence on the impact of development interventions on tackling poverty in low- and middle-income countries and make a case for conducting more impact evaluations in fragile contexts.

Published on: 24 jun 2015

Mario Picon, 3ie senior evaluation specialist in a television discussion on the importance of evaluation for public policies

Mario Picon, 3ie senior evaluation specialist was part of a discussion on a national TV policy talk show, ESPIRAL on Mexico’s Canal 11. The discussion was on the importance of evaluation for public policies. His participation focused on international experiences in impact evaluation, institutional settings and the value of evidence beyond accountability, and for policy and intervention design. 

Other participants included Claudia Maldonado (director, CIDE-CLEAR), Agustin Escobar (board member, CONEVAL), Bernadette Vega (director for Registry, Monitoring, Evaluation and Dissemination of the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation for Development, AMEXID).

Published on: 23 jun 2015

3ie replication consultation: feedback for the future

Jennifer Ludwig

Three years ago 3ie established the impact evaluation replication programme to highlight the benefits of internal replication studies of impact evaluations in the development sector. The programme soon became the subject of much debate that revolved around the scope, methods and timing of replication research. To get feedback from its stakeholders on the way ahead, 3ie recently hosted a consultation event in Washington DC that brought together both the proponents and the critics of replication. The event featured rich discussions and threw up some important ideas and questions on the future of replication research and the role 3ie could play. ?

Published on: 18 jun 2015

Why focus on results when no one uses them? Video recording of 3ie joint session at IMF-World Bank Spring Meeting 2015

As part of the 3ie Washington Evaluation Week and IMF-World Bank Spring Meeting 2015, 3ie in association with the Independent Evaluation Group and the World Bank Group’s Governance Global Practice, hosted a session with leaders in development about producing and using evaluations and putting countries on pathways to evidence-based decision-making.

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Published on: 05 may 2015

The growth of impact evaluation for international development: how much have we learned? Paper (open access) by 3ie experts

This paper by 3ie’s Drew Cameron, Anjini Mishra and Annette Brown in the Journal of Development Effectiveness, examines data on more than thirty years of published impact evaluations from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation Repository. It analyses trends on 2,259 impact evaluations including publication rates over time, by sector, region and publication type, as well as the geographic distribution of author institutional affiliation and time lag between data collection and publication.

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Published on: 05 may 2015

3ie Annual Report 2014: Evidence • Influence • Impact

The year 2014 was one of innovation and impact at 3ie. We are filling large knowledge gaps by funding policy-relevant research in new thematic areas. Our studies have informed development policies and improved programming. Read highlights about our work and achievements in our latest annual report.

Published on: 09 apr 2015

Tapping into data: 3ie expert interviewed on SciDev.Net podcast

SciDev.Net's Tapping into Data podcast (1 March 2015) speaks to 3ie's Birte Sniltsveit on the evidence gap maps that have mapped large archives of academic information making them available and easy to navigate, in an effort to inform policymaking around issues such as payment for environmental studies.

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Published on: 03 mar 2015

Building networks for evidence-informed policy in Africa

Paromita Mukhopadhyay

Networks of researchers and policymakers promoting research evidence in policy are gradually gaining importance in many African countries. The first colloquium of the Africa Evidence Network brought together representatives from these networks, policymakers, practitioners and researchers to discuss the future of evidence-informed policy in the region.

Published on: 18 feb 2015

Papers by 3ie researchers among the most downloaded in Routledge Social Sciences journals in 2014

A paper titled Better targeting of farmers as a channel for poverty reduction: a systematic review of Farmer Field Schools targeting (open access) by Daniel Phillips, Hugh Waddington and Howard White published in the Development Studies Journal is among the most downloaded papers in Routledge Social Sciences Journals in 2014.

Another paper titled Quality evidence for policymaking: I’ll believe it when I see the replication (open access) by Annette N. Brown, Drew B. Cameron and Benjamin D. K. Wood published in the Journal of Development Effectiveness is also among the most downloaded papers in Routledge Social Sciences Journals in 2014.

Published on: 03 feb 2015

3ie deputy executive director Jyotsna Puri cited in Devex

3ie deputy executive director Jyotsna Puri was cited in a article titled The logframe dilemma in Devex (20 November 2014). This article is based on the logical framework — or “logframe” — approach to planning, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes is gaining traction among the international aid community. But does this system truly work for beneficiaries?

Published on: 21 nov 2014

Ruth Levine, director of global development at Hewlett Foundation and member, 3ie board of commissioners, interviewed by SciDev.Net

"To stay relevant in a changing world, aid agencies must focus their resources on meeting low-income countries’ growing demand for data that can help them assess the impact of development activities," Ruth Levine, director of global development at Hewlett Foundation told SciDev.Net (29 October 2014) during the 3ie Evidence Week in London, 13-17 October.

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Published on: 30 oct 2014

3ie executive director Howard White honoured by the Government of Benin

Howard White was honoured with an award of distinction by the Government of Benin in London on 15 October. Aristide Djidjoho, general director of evaluation at the ministry of public policy analysis presented the award to Howard White on behalf of the president of Benin. The award was presented during the one-day colloquium of 3ie's London Evidence Week

Djidjoho spoke of White’s significant contribution towards Benin’s development as well as his role in creating a sustainable environment for undertaking impact evaluations of development programmes. He went on to add that impact evaluations are not an end, but a means for achieving effective policies. He hopes that Benin and the whole of Africa will continue to benefit from White’s experience in the field of impact evaluations and evidence-informed decision making. 

Djidjoho went on to thank Richard Manning, chair, 3ie board of commissioners and lauded 3ie’s efforts in building effective evaluation systems in several countries. He concluded by saying that through these sustained efforts in trying to strengthen public institutions, we can aim to achieve our common goals of development effectiveness.

Published on: 17 oct 2014

Media coverage of the Making Impact Evaluation Matter conference

The Making Impact Evaluation Matter conference organised by 3ie in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank and Philippine Institute for Development Studies in Manila, 1-5 September, received wide media coverage.

These include articles in the Asian Journal (3 September), Philippine Daily Inquirer (3 September),InterAkyson.com (3 September), BusinessMirror (3 September), Devex, (3 September), Devex, (4 September), Devex, (4 September), Manila Bulletin (7,September).

Published on: 07 sep 2014

Best presentation awards at the Making Impact Evaluation Matter conference announced

Awards for the best presentation at the Making Impact Evaluation Matter conference are:

Best overall presentation
1st Prashant Loyoka
2nd Abu Shonchoy
2nd Bekele Shiferaw

Best presentation by a young researcher
1st Abu Shonchoy
2nd Nigussie Abadi

Best presentation by a L&MIC researcher
1st Nigussie Abadi
2nd Altantsetseg Batchuluun
3rd Abu Hayat Md. Saiful Islam
3rd Evans Muchiri

Best Poster
1st MacCarthy Honu-Siabi
1st Desiree Manicom
2nd Drew Cameron, 3ie
3rd Martina Vojtkova, 3ie

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Published on: 05 sep 2014

3ie-supported study on student evaluation in Haryana schools featured in Business Standard

3ie-supported study on student evaluation in schools in the State of Haryana, India, titled A wide angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana was featured in Business Standard (31 August 2014), Zee news (31 August 2014), Nagaland Post (31 August 2014),  The Hindu (1 September 2014), Webindia123 (1 September 2014), India Today (31 August 2014), Veooz.com (31 August 2014),Samachar.com (31 August 2014), The News (31 August 2014). 

Published on: 31 aug 2014

16 winners in 3ie's Impact Evaluation Repository Challenge

3ie is happy to announce the winners of the Impact Evaluation Repository challenge. In the last two months, we received 97 study submissions from more than 25 people.

Of the 97 studies submitted, 63 were eligible impact evaluations and were immediately added to the Impact Evaluation Repository. Of these, 32 studies** (and one correction) were published before 2013 and should have been found in our last search (thus are eligible for our $10 Amazon.com gift certificate prizes).

These studies are invaluable in our efforts to improve our systematic search and screening protocol and provide the international development community with the most up-to-date, published impact evaluation evidence available.

We would like to sincerely thank the following people for sending their approved impact evaluation studies to the Impact Evaluation Repository. As always, we encourage you to send any published impact evaluations to database@3ieimpact.org.

Published on: 25 aug 2014

Center for Global Development blog: Welcoming 3ie's new executive director

William Savedoff of the Center for Global Development blogs on 3ie's journey from being a start-up to maturity. The appointment of Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez as the new executive director marks a transition in the organisation.

"With the transition to a new executive director, 3ie will be able to build on past success while drawing on the different qualities and depth of experience and expertise that Manny Jimenez will bring to the post," says Savedoff.

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Published on: 23 jul 2014

3ie appoints Emmanuel Jimenez as new executive director

The Chair of 3ie, Richard Manning, has announced that the 3ie Board of Commissioners has appointed Emmanuel Jimenez to succeed Howard White as the executive director of 3ie in early 2015. Dr Jimenez is currently director, public sector evaluations in the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank.

Published on: 22 jul 2014

3ie at Journées Béninoises de l’Evaluation

3ie evaluation specialists participated in the Journées Béninoises de l’Evaluation in held in Cotonou, Benin, from 30 June to 2 July. There were 300 participants from Argentina, Mexico, Canada, France, South Africa, Uganda, Togo, Niger and Benin. Representatives from institutions like the West African Development Bank, the African Development Bank, GIZ, CLEAR, UNDP, UNICEF, etc. were also present.

The event received wide media coverage.

Deo-Gracias Houndolo, 3ie Evaluation Specialist interviewed in Journal Nouvelle (134.1 KB)

Article on the Journées Béninoises de l’Evaluation (69.9 KB)

Published on: 08 jul 2014

Check out International Rescue Committee's evidence gap maps

The International Rescue Committee requests feed back on 10 gap maps that they have constructed based on systematic reviews. These gap maps are visual representation of existing evidence on topics like agricultural interventions, access to quality education, cash transfers, social and economic empowerment of women.

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Published on: 23 jun 2014

Doha evidence symposium on what works to improve youth labour productivity?

A three-day evidence symposium on what works to improve labour productivity was organised by the International Labour Organization in partnership with J-PAL, Silatech and the Arab Urban Development Institute at the Georgetown University, Doha, 6-8 March 2014.The event brought together policymakers, development practitioners, academics and researchers to present and discuss the evidence base for what works in increasing the employment and productivity of youth. Discussants shared recent findings of impact evaluations from the Middle East and North Africa and other developing regions. Participants were also introduced to evidence from systematic and literature reviews which are important for evidence-based policies.

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Published on: 04 may 2014

Paper on gender norms and women's self-help groups in Odisha, India

This paper by Thomas de Hoop, Luuk van Kempen, Rik Linssen & Anouka van Eerdewijk in the Feminist Economist looks at the relationship between participation in women's self-help groups, women's autonomy and subjective well-being in Odisha, India.

The findings suggest that while self-help group membership results in positive effects on women's autonomy, there is also evidence of negative effects on women's subjective well-being in villages with relatively conservative gender norms. Qualitative research suggests that this negative effect is associated with social sanctions after the transgression of gender norms.

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Published on: 22 apr 2014

Howard White's presentation featured on Devex

Howard White's presentation on Evidence-based policies to reduce poverty at the Independent Evaluation Group, Washington, DC, was featured in Devex (21 April, 2014). The article talks about the importance of systematic reviews in measuring the effectiveness of development programmes.

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Published on: 22 apr 2014

Data hub to promote global South’s research nears launch

3ie is part of the Global Open Knowledge Hub, an open-access digital data initiative to help increase online accessibility of development research coming from the global South and boost their decision-making influence. 
An article in Sci Dev Net on the Global Open Knowledge Hub mention's 3ie's participation in this initiative.

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Published on: 20 apr 2014

Impact evaluation: Toward a body of evidence on effective forest conservation

A three-day international workshop on Evaluating Forest Conservation Initiatives, held in Barcelona in December 2013. The workshop brought together about 40 researchers, practitioners and policymakers to discuss the complexities involved in evaluating forest conservation initiatives. Philip Davies, 3ie Deputy Director - Systematic Reviews was as the workshop. Davies has been cited in this blog by the Center for International Forestry Research.

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Published on: 17 mar 2014

When is an error not an error?

"To err is human, but to use the word 'error' in a replication study is usually not divine." Guest post on the Development Impact blog by Annette Brown, Deputy Director, Advancement and Impact Evaluation Services, 3ie, and Benjamin Wood, Evaluation Specialist for Replication, 3ie.

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Published on: 19 jan 2014

3ie enters a new phase and thank you, Howard White

Bill Saveoff of Center from Global Development applauds the achievements of 3ie under the leadership of Howard White. He also says it's time to revisit the original visions for 3ie – that all foreign aid and multilateral agencies should contribute 0.01% of their annual disbursements to 3ie in support of impact evaluation.

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Published on: 14 jan 2014

A message from the 3ie Executive Director

The Executive Director of 3ie, Dr. Howard White will be leaving at the end of 2014. In this open letter, Dr. White reflects on 3ie's journey from being a small start-up with just one person to becoming a strong, successful organisation that has established itself as a leader in the field of evidence-based development.

Published on: 19 dec 2013

See Red Flags, Hear Red Flags, New York Times

An article by Prof Michael Greenstone of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the New York Times cites a 3ie-supported study on reforming the environmental audit system in industrial units in Gujarat.

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Published on: 11 dec 2013

The HIV/AIDS treatment cascade: where are we getting it right?

Annette N. Brown and Anna Heard

One of the reasons we appreciate international days is that they prompt us to pause and reflect on what we’ve been doing in the past year, as well as think about what the next year will bring. On this International AIDS Day, our first reflection is realising how much we have grown our HIV/AIDS programming in 3ie in 2013.

Published on: 30 nov 2013

A pitch for better use of mixed methods in impact evaluations

Shagun Sabarwal

At the opening session of 3ie’s recent Measuring Results conference, Jyotsna Puri, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation at 3ie, said, “It takes a village to do impact evaluation.” What she meant was that, for an impact evaluation to be successful and policy relevant, research teams need to be diverse and include a mix of disciplines, such as statisticians, anthropologists, economists, surveyors, enumerators and policy experts, as well as use the most appropriate mix of evaluation and research methods.

Published on: 26 nov 2013

The Big Picture: Evaluation of social sector programs

Howard White, 3ie Executive Director, was part of a discussion on evaluation of social sector programmes on Rajya Sabha TV with Ajay Chhibber, Director General, Independent Evaluation Office, Government of India; Thoriq Ali Luthfee, Minister of Health, Maldives and Biraj Patnaik, Principal Advisor, Right to Food in the office of Commissioners to Supreme Court. Anchor: Girish Nikam

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Published on: 28 oct 2013

The Economist, Pennies from Heaven

Two 3ie-supported studies cited in the Economist. These include Girl power: cash transfers and adolescent welfare. Evidence from a cluster-randomized experiment in Malawi, by Sarah J. Baird, Ephraim Chirwa, Jacobus de Hoop, Berk Özler and Relative effectiveness of conditional and unconditional cash transfers for schooling outcomes in developing countries: a systematic review, by Sarah Baird, Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Berk Özler, Michael Woolcock.

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Published on: 28 oct 2013

Making good ideas actually work

Heather Lanthorn

At 3ie’s recent Measuring Results conference in Delhi, one of the key speakers proposed a ban on new ideas in India. This speaker was not a Luddite, nor was she on a crusade against creativity, nor did she represent the tourism industry to claim that India had already achieved perfection in all dimensions. Rather, she was echoing a sentiment that has been bouncing around classrooms and corridors and cafes and corner-markets in which people discuss improving human welfare: we need to figure out how to implement the ideas we already have

Published on: 27 oct 2013

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