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)
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.
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:
- Evaluating complex interventions
- Enhancing the transferability of evaluation through middle range theory
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article in the Hindustan Times, us based on 3ie’s education effectiveness systematic review which has several major findings on what works and what doesn’t to improve key education outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest issue of the Journal of Development Effectiveness includes an open access paper, Aid at the frontier: building knowledge collectively by Ruth Levine and William Savedoff. It also features a paper by Robert Chambers on Inclusive rigour for complexity (gated).
3ie's video on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), Innovating to Cut HIV and a blog on demand creation for VMMC by 3ie's Annette Browning and Eric Djimeu is featured in the Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention's December newsletter.
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.
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.
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.
The 3ie gap maps have been mentioned in a paper Making evidence practical for development in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (21 July 2015).
Annette N Brown, 3ie Deputy Director and head of 3ie Washington, DC office, cited in Can randomized trails eliminate global poverty? and Millenium Villages Project launches retrospective analysis in Nature (12 August 2015).
Richard Manning, chair, 3ie board of commissioners, Emmanuel Jimenez, executive director, Jyotsna Puri, former director and head of evaluation and Annette N Brown, former director and head of 3ie Washington office, were featured in Evaluation Matters published by the African Development Bank.
Emmanuel Jimenez, 3ie executive director, has been cited in The World Bank under Jim Kim, in The Lancet(25 July 2015).
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
3ie-supported replication study, Reanalysis of health and educational impacts of a school-based deworming program in western Kenya Part 1 and 2: pure replication and alternative analyses mentioned in theGuardian(23 July 2015) and BuzzFeed News (23 July 2015).
A 3ie-supported replication study, Reanalysis of health and educational impacts of a school-based deworming program in western Kenya Part 1 and 2: pure replication and alternative analyses, published in theInternational Journal of Epidemiology.
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.
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).
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. ?
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.
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.
3ie is preparing to launch the fourth replication window later this summer. We're currently accepting suggestions for replication eligible studies for our candidates studies list. Send your suggestions of innovative, influential, and/or controversial impact evaluations of developing country interventions firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch recording of webinar presentation on productive safety nets gap map by 3ie's Martina Vojtkova.
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.
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.
A 3ie-funded impact evaluation of the Total Sanitation programme in Odisha, has been cited in an op-ed in the Mint newspaper (20 February).
The challenge for the Modi government is to evaluate what works in development programming before making large spending decisions, says 3ie's Radhika Menon and Howard White in an op-ed for The Hindu newspaper (19 February 2015).
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.
3ie's evidence gap maps, a tool to identify what evidence is available in particular sectors, was launched on 5 February in London. The event was featured in SciDevNet (10 February).
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.
A study on Effectiveness of a rural sanitation programme on diarrhoea, soil-transmitted helminth infection, and child malnutrition in Odisha, India: a cluster-randomised trial co-funded by 3ie has a paper in The Lancet.
Annette N. Brown, 3ie deputy director speaks to Through the Noise, an online platform that interviews thought leaders in different areas in an effort to understand the changing realities.
The future of aid: building knowledge collectively, a Center for Global Development Policy Paper by Ruth Levine and William Savedoff argues that aid agencies are particularly well suited to fund impact evaluations, and can accelerate progress in the developing world by increasing the resources available for evaluation, particularly through an organisation like 3ie.
3ie-funded systematic reviews on Effects of payment for environmental services (PES) on deforestation and poverty in low and middle income countries and Effects of decentralized forest management (DFM) on deforestation and poverty in low and middle income countries have been published in the Campbell Library.
3ie-supported study on Nourishing the future: targeting infants and their caregivers to reduce undernutrition in rural China featured in The Economist (8 January 2015).
Impact Evaluation Methodological Briefs co-authored by 3ie experts and published by UNICEF's Office of Research. The topics covered under these briefs include randomised controlled trials, quasi-experimental design and methods and theory of change.
A 3ie-supported study on the impact evaluation of the Cheeranjivi programme, a maternal health scheme launched by the Government of Gujarat in India cited in the World Bank Future Development blog (20 November).
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?
"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.
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.
Developing country policymakers are increasingly using impact studies to assess development programmes, Howard White, tells SciDev.Net (14 October 2014).
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).
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
1st MacCarthy Honu-Siabi
1st Desiree Manicom
2nd Drew Cameron, 3ie
3rd Martina Vojtkova, 3ie
The Making Impact Evaluation Matter conference in Manila organised by the Asian Development Bank, 3ie and Philippine Institute for Development Studies was featured on Devex (3 September 2014).
3ie-supported study on the metering of tube wells in rural West Bengal, titled Does marginal cost pricing of electricity affect the ground water pumping behaviour of farmers? Evidence from India was featured in a television programme Neb Kolkata (30 August 2014).
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).
A paper titled, Better targeting of farmers as a channel for poverty reduction: a systematic review of Farmer Field Schools targeting, by 3ie researchers Daniel Phillips, Hugh Waddington and Howard White, has been published in Development Studies Research.
The paper is available for download.
A 3ie-supported study evaluating the impact of the vocational education and training programme in rural China has been featured The Economist (23 August).
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 email@example.com.
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.
The announcement of the Emmanuel Jimenez as the next 3ie executive director was featured on Hindustan Times (23 July 2014), the Indian national daily.
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.
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.
This paper by Annette N. Brown, Eric W. Djimeu and Drew B. Cameron reviews the literature on a set of self-tests that share some characteristics with HIV self-tests to determine whether there is any evidence of harm.
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.
A 3ie-supported study on Paying for performance in China’s battle against anaemia was featured in The Economist (14 June 2014).
3ie regrets to announce that the planned thematic window on demining has been cancelled. We do not plan to launch a window on demining in the near future.
Nature (30 April 2014) has cited the 3ie systematic review summary on farmer field schools in an article on agricultural innovations to increase yields and protect the planet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Agricultural land tenure reforms have been less effective in Africa than Latin America or Asia, says Steven Lawry and Cyrus Samii in a Guardian op-ed. This is based on a systematic review, The impact of land property rights interventions on investment and agricultural productivity in developing countries. 3ie provided the quality assurance support for this review.
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.
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.
3ie-supported impact evaluation of a maternal health programme in Gujarat, India, shows that the much-touted Chiranjeevi Yojana, launched in 2006 to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the state, hasn’t had any significant impact on institutional delivery rates or maternal health outcomes.
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.
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.
Howard White was interviewed on the Story of Aid in the Rear Vision programme on ABC Radio.
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.
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.
Howard White writes about the lessons 3ie has learned through the experience of conducting and managing impact evaluations in the past decade in the Impact magazine published by Population Services International.
An article in The Hindu newspaper (dated 31/10/2013) on the 3ie-ASCI conference on Measuring Results.
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
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.
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.
This 3ie-supported study now has a paper in the NBER working paper series.
This study summarises evidence from short-term impacts of a cash transfer programme on the empowerment of adolescent girls in Malawi during and immediately after the two-year intervention.