Development Priorities Window

​​3ie has awarded grants for 16 impact evaluations under this window. We are supporting rigorous, high-quality impact evaluations in four priority sectors: environment, governance, infrastructure and public finance.

The Development Priorities Window was launched in 2015 to generate evidence in sectors and on questions that are closely aligned to the sustainable development goals and where high-quality evidence is scarce. The impact evaluations will provide evidence on programmes and policies to inform the development priorities of low- and middle-income countries over the next 15 years.

This window is supported by UK aid through the Department for International Development. 

Listed below are summaries of the ongoing impact evaluations.

3ie-supported impact evaluations


Access to safe drinking water: experimental evidence from new water sources in Bangladesh

Research team: Anna Tompsett, Ahasan Habib, Selene Ghisolfi, Serena Cocciolo
Organisation: Stockholm University

This study seeks to evaluate the effect of a subsidies and technical advice programme that aims to provide new and safe sources of drinking water on household water quality in Bangladesh.

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Evaluating the impact of alternate wetting and drying technique in rice production on farm incomes and water savings in Bangladesh

Research team: Manzoor Dar, Lutful Hassan, Ujjayant Chakravorty, Kyle Emerick
Organisation: International Rice Research Institute

The study evaluates the effect of alternate wetting and drying  technique relative to conventional flood irrigation in rice on farm incomes and water savings in Bangladesh.

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Measuring impacts of conservation interventions on human wellbeing and the environment in northern Cambodia

Research team: Tom Clements, Malyne Neang, EJ Milner-Gulland, Seng Suon
Organisation: Wildlife Conservation Society

This study investigates the environmental and social outcomes of protected areas and payment for ecosystem service programmes in Cambodia

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Livelihood impacts of climate change mitigation and adaptation: evaluating an incentive-based forest carbon management scheme in Bolivia

Research team: Nigel Asquith, Sandro Diez Amigo, Tara Grillos, Kelsey Jack, Andrea Markos, Tito Vidaurre
Organisation: Cuencas Sustentables

The evaluation will assess the effectiveness of communal payments for environmental services and explore the impact of decision-making processes used to select the form of compensation.

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Emission trading scheme for particulate matter air pollution in Gujarat 

Research team: Rohini Pande, Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan
Organsisation: J-PAL South Asia

The study analyses whether market-based environmental regulation can cut pollution emissions at lower cost than traditional, command-and-control regulation in the Indian state of Gujarat.

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Rural institutional innovation: can village courts in Bangladesh accelerate access to justice and improve socio­economic outcomes?

Research team: Ahmed M Mobarak, Nick Beresford, Sayeed Ferdous, Martin Mattsson
Organisation: Innovations for Poverty Action

This study evaluates the socio-economic impact of the Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh programme designed to improve access to justice.

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Increasing state and police presence in the least governed areas of Bogota: a hotspot policing approach

Research team: Chris Blattman, Donald Green, Daniel Mejia, Daniel Ortega, Santiago Tobon
Organisation: Innovations for Poverty Action

The study evaluates real-time impacts of various anti-crime interventions in Colombia. As part of a bigger project, the current evaluation is aimed at estimating both the direct and indirect effects of large-scale hotspot policing and municipal services intervention.

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Rebuilding the social compact: urban service delivery and property taxes in Pakistan

Research team: Asim Khwaja, Osman Haq, Adnan Khan, Ben Olken
Organisation: President and Fellows of Harvard College

This study seeks to examine how to strengthen the link between the provision of local services and local property tax collection in urban Pakistan.

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Evaluating the impacts, maintenance and sustainability of irrigation in Rwanda

Research team: Jeremy Magruder, Esdras Byiringiro, Fidele Niyitanga, Florence Kondylis, John Loeser, Maria Jones
Organisation: University of California, Berkeley

The study will evaluate the impact of five recently constructed irrigation schemes in Rwanda as part of the Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation project.

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Community toilet use in slums: willingness to pay and the role of informational and supply side constraints

Research team: Alex Armand, Orazio Attanasio, Britta Augsburg, Bhartendu Trivedi
Organisation: Institute for Fiscal Studies

The study explores the role that informational constraints and inadequate facilities play in driving the willingness to pay for access to community toilets and their use in Indian slums.

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Using big data to evaluate the impacts of transportation infrastructure investment: the case of subway systems in Beijing, China

Research team: Shanjun Li, Yanyan Liu, Jun Yang
Organisation: Cornell University

The study will measure the impacts of rapid subway expansion in Beijing in addressing traffic congestion and air pollution.

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The socio-economic and environmental impact of Konkan Railways

Research team: Jayaraman T, Gunther Bensch, Kamal Murari, Sreeja Jaiswal, Unmesh Patnaik
Organisation: Tata Institute of Social Sciences

The study evaluates the long-term socio-economic and environmental impact of the biggest railway project, the Konkan railways, executed after independence in India.

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Evaluating the impacts of the Dar es Salaam bus rapid transit system

Research team: Melanie Morten,Bilal Siddiqi, Clare Balboni, Gharad Bryan, Yonas Mchomvu
Organisation: Innovations for Poverty Action, Tanzania

This study estimates the impacts of the first phase of the bus rapid transit system infrastructure and services on commute times, employment status, income, migration, and housing outcomes in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Transport and urban labour market integration: evidence on firms from a randomised control trial in Pakistan

Research team: Erica Field, Ghulam A. Anjum, Ammar Malik, Hadia Majid, Kate Vyborny
Organisation: Center for Economic Research in Pakistan

The study evaluates the effect of urban transit systems on labour markets in Lahore, Pakistan. The impact evaluation will include two components; the first component will evaluate the effects of the transit lines, while the second component will evaluate the impacts of a pilot door-to-door pick-and-drop service, particularly its impact on women’s workforce participation.

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Public Finance

In search of the Holy Grail: can unconditional cash transfers graduate households out of poverty in Zambia?

Research team: Sudhanshu Handa, Gelson Tembo
Organisation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This evaluation assesses the Zambian government’s Child Grant programme, two years after the programme ended, to understand if unconditional cash transfers represent a viable option for governments to address current and future poverty.

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Complementarities in microcredit and financial services interventions for financial inclusion and empowerment: evidence from randomised evaluation in South West Nigeria

Research team: Damilola Olajide, Maria L Alzua, Ricardo N Bebczuk
Organisation: Initiative for Evidence Based Development and Empowerment

The study evaluates the impact of microcredit and existence of complementarities between demand-side (microcredit) and supply-side interventions (digital banking services) in the credit market in Nigeria.

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