Systematic Reviews Call 7

3ie invited proposals for systematic reviews that investigate the impact of development interventions in the areas of women's empowerment, humanitarian interventions and rural employment programmes.

Systematic reviews are an important way of facilitating the widespread use of existing evidence to inform policy and practice. This is the seventh call for proposals under 3ie’s systematic reviews programme.

3ie in association with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada, UN Women, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign of Disaster Assistance (OFDA), and the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) have developed six systematic review questions for this call.

This call is now closed. The deadline for proposals was 12 November 2014.
For more information on this call please read the  Request for proposals (431.4 KB)

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At a glance

  • 3ie and its partners will make one award for each of the six systematic review questions, but may choose to fund fewer reviews if insufficient proposals of adequate quality are received.
  • The size of the grants is not fixed. As an approximate guide, the average budget of studies financed under the last call for proposals was US$82,500. But costs may vary depending on the scope of the review and methods of synthesis employed.
  • The study team should have sector and substantive expertise as well as experience in conducting systematic reviews.
  • 3ie encouraged proposals and research teams from low-and middle-income countries (L&MIC) and proposals including researchers who are nationals residing in L&MICs in the study team.
  • Reviews were expected to take approximately 12-18 months from granting the award to submission of the draft report. Applicants must give serious attention to this timeline when preparing their timetables, milestones and deliverables.

How to apply

To find out more about the application process, visit the How to apply page.

For further clarifications, please visit the frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.

Systematic review call questions

  1. What is the effectiveness of interventions to increase women's participation in higher skilled, higher valued occupations in low- and middle-income countries?
  2. What is the efficiency and effectiveness of providing humanitarian non-food item in-kind distributions in the immediate aftermath and recovery period following natural disasters and political instability?
  3. What is the effectiveness of short-term hygiene interventions (such as hand hygiene, water treatment and waste disposal) conducted in emergency response situations?
  4. What is the effectiveness of interventions aiming to improve the welfare of poor populations living in urban areas in low- and middle-income countries?
  5. What are the effects of social employment programmes in low- and middle-income countries on economic and social outcomes for beneficiaries, their communities and the wider economy?
  6. What is the effectiveness of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in promoting a) economic outcomes, livelihoods and empowerment of needy groups, and b) good governance?

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