3ie London Evidence Week Conference, 7-8 November 2018

As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations, we are organising a conference during our London Evidence Week on 7-8 November. On the first day, we are collaborating with DFID, one of our founding supporters and strongest advocates for rigorous evaluation evidence to improve lives. Discussions will focus on the importance of partnerships to produce policy-relevant evidence, including sessions on evaluation and evidence use in Africa, social protection, and education and the learning crisis. On the second day, we will focus on innovations in access to data for evaluations, and various innovations driving impact evaluations.

Celebrating 10 years of 3ie and DFID partnership

Day 1, 7 November 2018

Venue: Woburn House, London WC1H 9HB

This one-day conference will feature the work that 3ie has funded over the last 10 years, in producing high-quality evidence that has an impact. The day will focus on 3ie’s partnership with DFID to produce policy-relevant evidence.

Time Session Speakers Session details
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:30 Opening remarks Emmanuel Jimenez, executive director, 3ie
9:30-10:30 Keynote discussion Moderator: Ruth Levine, director, global development and population program, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and chair, 3ie board of commissioners
Speakers: Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser, DFID; Howard White, CEO, Campbell Collaboration (TBC)
Are funders commissioning the research and evaluation that will address major development priorities? What is the role of funders in the changing development aid landscape? This session will look at what donors and evaluators could be doing differently to help deliver sustainable and equitable improvements in poor people’s lives.
10:30– 12:00 Championing evaluation and evidence use: achieving impact in African policymaking Chair: Adeline Sibanda, president, African Evaluation Association
Speakers: Hon Minister Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation, Ghana (TBC); Abdoulaye Gounou, Bureau of Public Policies Evaluation and Government Action Analysis, Presidency, Benin (TBC); Timothy Lubanga, OPM, Uganda
This high-level panel will discuss the potential of improving evidence production and use to inform decision making in Africa, drawing upon promising recent initiatives and experiences.
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Does social protection research help those who need it most? Chair: Marie Gaarder, director of the evaluation office and global director for innovation and country engagement, 3ie
Speakers: Carola Alvarez, country manager, Andean Countries at Inter-American Development Bank and member of 3ie board of directors and DFID senior person; Esmie Kainja, principal secretary for gender in the Ministry of Gender, Disability and Social Welfare; Orazio Attanasio, Research Professor of Economics at University College London, Research Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London; Sudhanshu Handa, UNC Chapel Hill
This panel will discuss whether development research in social protection has made a difference to poor people’s lives, and the experience and evidence the panel have to support their views. The panel will also tackle burning questions in the social protection field, such as the pros and cons of various transfer types; the ability of social protection systems to serve mobile populations; and how the next generation of social protection programmes will differ from previous ones and why. Lessons will be drawn from 3ie’s DFID funded social protection thematic window.
14:30-16:00 Making an impact on the learning crisis Chair: Elizabeth King, senior fellow, Brookings Institute and 3ie board member
Speakers: George Werner, former education minister for Liberia; Girindre Beeharry, director, Global Education Learning Strategy, Gates Foundation, Ju-Ho Lee, professor and former education minister, South Korea, and 3ie board member, Sally Gear, senior education advisor, DFID
Despite a large body of evidence on the effects of a range of education programmes in low and middle income countries, this evidence is not systematically used by education ministries and development agencies to inform education programmes and policies. Why is the education sector so different from the health sector with respect to approving standards and guidelines? Where does the current state of evidence indicate we should invest and what current education programmes and practices should have been forbidden, if you could decide?
16:00 – 16:15 Break
16:15–17:15 Howard White Lecture Gonzalo Hernandez Licona, Executive Secretary, National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONVEAL), Mexico Lessons from Mexico on how to institutionalize evaluation to empower governments
17:15–18:30 Reception

Democratising evidence: innovations in access and measurement​

Day 2, 8 November 2018

Venue: University College London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

Time Session Speakers Session details
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30 Innovations in the evidence field Chair: Rachel Glennerster, chief economist, DFID
Speakers: Anna Heard, senior evaluation specialist, 3ie; Birte Snilstveit, senior evaluation specialist, 3ie; Ernest Guevara, head of measures, Valid International
This World Café session will feature innovations that are especially relevant in the world of evidence production and use today. These include implementation research, humanitarian assistance, and evidence platforms. Each speaker will take ownership of a topic, and speak on challenges and recommendations in relation to it. The audience will then break out into four groups of their choice, each represented by the speaker. A participatory discussion in each group will be followed by reporting of the findings.
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Open access to data Chair: Beryl Leach, director and head, policy and advocacy, 3ie
Speakers: Adeline Sibanda, president, African Evaluation Association; Arnaud Vaganay, founder and director of Meta-Lab, and Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences; Neeta Goel, senior evaluation specialist, 3ie; Vidya Rangan, senior manager, impacts, ISEAL Alliance (TBC)
While publishing the results of research has now been widely accepted, there are still many challenges to making data truly open, especially for developing country researchers. This panel will explore what research transparency and open access policies that are drafted by developed country researchers truly means in practice for developing country researchers, that continue to face problems such as dealing with counterfeit and low-quality journals.
12:15 – 13:15 Closing keynote TBC

*The agenda for this day will be updated soon

Eventbrite - 3ie London Evidence Week 2018

  • We will post updates and further details closer to the date of the conference.
  • We will serve lunch and refreshments on both days.

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