State-society relations: taking stock of the evidence

Launch of 3ie’s evidence gap map on state-society relations

Date 16 March 2017
Time 9:30am-11:00am
Venue OpenGov Hub, 1110 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005


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About the 3ie evidence gap map on state-society relations

The role of the state, the effectiveness of its institutions and its legitimacy in the eyes of its citizens are central in determining a country’s prospects for stability and development. States with more effective political institutions have been shown to be more successful in achieving sustained economic growth and human development.

To invest finite resources well and equitably, decision-makers need to know what works and what does not, for whom, how and why.

Main findings of the gap map

An increasing number of systematic reviews and impact evaluations addressing this topic are being published. However, there remain some clear gaps in the evidence. The spread of studies across countries and geographic regions is uneven and there is limited or no evidence relating to many countries with large populations and which face substantial governance challenges. Even where that evidence base is strongest, it cannot be said to address all important policy questions.

There are a number of interventions for which there is an extensive body of impact evaluations, but these are yet to be the subjects of high quality systematic reviews. This is particularly true for several interventions designed to enhance the transparency, effectiveness and inclusivity of political and electoral institutions and processes.

About the 3ie evidence gap maps

3ie’s evidence gap maps are thematic evidence collections covering a particular issue, such as education, HIV and AIDS or agriculture. These gap maps consolidate what we know and do not know about ’what works’ in a particular sector or sub-sector by mapping completed and ongoing systematic reviews and impact evaluations in that sector.

Evidence gap maps provide an accessible overview of evidence from systematic reviews and impact evaluations. They highlight the availability of the evidence, as well as certain characteristics, such as confidence ratings of the systematic reviews. When possible, 3ie presents these gap maps on its custom interactive online platform, which allows users to explore the evidence base and findings of relevant studies.

The maps are useful for development decision makers looking for evidence to inform policies and programmes. For donors and researchers, these maps can inform a strategic approach for commissioning and conducting needed research.

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