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Impact Evaluation Replication Programme

3ie’s Replication Programme aims to improve the quality of impact evaluation evidence used for policy making.

This programme seeks to increase the number of replications specifically for impact evaluations of development programs. It funds and publicizes replication studies of influential, innovative, and controversial impact evaluations of development programmes.

To find out more about where the first round of 3ie's replication researchers are in the process of their replication studies, please visit the 3ie Replication Studies Status page.

3ie would like to publicly acknowledge all those who assisted the Replication Programme. To find out more about who these people are, click here

Ensuring communication

3ie is committed to encouraging open and healthy dialogue between replication researchers and original authors. To support this goal, we have created the 3ie Replication Programme Notification and Communication Policy.

We would like to thank everyone who helped strengthen this policy through their comments and suggestions.

3ie request for proposals

3ie's second Replication Window has closed for applications. We had invited proposals of replications of influential, innovative and controversial impact evaluations from 3ie's Candidate Studies List. The deadline for submission of applications was 23:59 GMT, April 26, 2013.

For more information, visit the Replication Window page.

3ie Replication Paper Series 

3ie’s Replication Paper Series is a publication and dissemination outlet intended to highlight and create a defined space for replication studies of development impact evaluations.

For more information on the guidelines and processes, visit the 3ie Replication Paper Series Submission page.

What is replication?

Replication is the most established method of research validation in science. The replications funded by 3ie are ‘internal replications’— those that use the data from the original study, and possibly existing secondary datasets from the same location, in order to check the validity and robustness of the estimations and recommendations.

This selected bibliography attests to the fact that there is a growing number of replications in economics. For a multidisciplinary list of previous research on the practice of replication, see our replication methodologies bibliography.

Benefits of replication

Where the replications confirm that the impact evaluation findings are valid and robust, the Replication Programme lends additional credibility to these findings for use in policy making. For impact evaluations revealed to have invalid or non-robust findings, the Replication Programme cautions policy makers in the use of the findings. The more general benefit of the programme, though, is improving the incentives for all impact evaluators to conduct careful analysis leading to credible findings in the first place.

For more information, read the

3ie Replication Program Document (227.0 KB)

FAQs on Replication Program (43.4 KB)

3ie Replication Typologies Programme (205.8 KB) .

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