Evidence for Development: What Works Global Summit

The What Works Global Summit 2021 is organized by the Campbell Collaboration and the Global Development Network (GDN) as the Evidence for Development conference, online. The conference will target 400 participants, drawn from a diverse group of researchers, evaluators, policymakers, representatives of international organizations, civil society, development practitioners and the private sector.

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Start Date: 18 October 2021 End Date: 27 October 2021

3ie sessions at WWGS2021

Evidence gap maps: lessons and experiences from international development

Evidence gap maps (EGMs) have become an increasingly popular tool, with international organizations, bilateral agencies and NGOs commissioning and conducting EGMs to inform research investments and promote evidence-informed decision-making in their organizations. The panel will feature contributions from both users and commissioners of EGMs, focusing on the different and innovative ways in which EGMs have been used by various organizations, and sharing perspectives on challenges and lessons for the future. It will include examples from EGMs in a range of different sectors, including transitional development assistance, democracy and governance, and climate change. 

Date: 19 October 2021
Time: 15.45-16.45 CET

  • Matthew Baker, USAID Organizational Learning & Research division, MERL Specialist
  • Charlotte Lane (3ie), Senior Evaluation Specialist
  • Milena Reinfeld, European Investment Bank’s Operations Evaluation Division (IG/EV), Evaluator
  • Harsha Dayal, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in South Africa
  • Rike Riesmeier, GIZ, Adviser at GIZ for the Knowledge for Nutrition (K4N) programme
  • Divya Nair, IDinsights India (Chair)

Funding Evidence for Development

The session will focus on asking development funders how they see their role in supporting the generation and use of evidence for development, including the local and global development research agenda

Date: 21 October 2021
Time: 15:45-16:45 pm CET

  • Marie Gaarder, Executive Director, 3ie (Chair)
  • Rabah Arezki, Chief Economist & Vice President, Economic, Governance and Knowledge Management, African Development Bank
  • Franco Conzato, Deputy Head of Unit, Results and Evaluations, DG INTPA, European Commission
  • Hélène Djoufelkit, Director, Economic Analysis and Public Policy, Agence française de développement (AFD) 
  • Daniel E. Ortega, Director of Impact Evaluation and Policy Learning, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)

What is the current evidence on interventions to reduce energy consumption and mitigate the effects of climate change?

This panel will focus on different efforts to map and synthesize the evidence on interventions aimed at reducing energy consumption and mitigating the effects of climate change in the long-term. The research works consist of evidence gap maps (EGMs) and systematic reviews (SRs) that looked at different interventions aimed at reducing energy consumption either by increasing energy efficiency, and/or by fostering the adoption of renewable sources of energy.

Date: 25 October 2021
Time: 10:30-11:30 CET

  • Birte Snilstveit, Director Synthesis & Reviews, 3ie (Chair);
  • Miriam Berretta, Research Associate, 3ie  
  • Jan Minx, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
  • Martin Prowse, Independent Evaluation Unit - Green Climate Fund

How are impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps used and how to enhance their uptake

In this panel, we aim at tackling the question of how impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps are used for real-world decision-making and how the uptake of those products could potentially be enhanced. Presentations will look at this question from different angles. First, 3ie will present its specialized approach to monitoring of engagement and evidence uptake of its over 100 3ie-supported studies. Second, WIDER’s empirical study “The impact of impact evaluations” will be presented. The study assesses the above-mentioned questions for a selection of countries from the global south. Third, DEval will take a more donor-focused angle and present findings from an empirical assessment of the barriers to and factors facilitating evidence use in the German Development Cooperation.

Date: 25 October 2021
Time: 11:45-13:00pm CET

  • Birte Snilstveit, Director Synthesis & Reviews, 3ie (Chair);
  • Kirthi Rao, Evidence Impact Specialist, 3ie
  • Ian Goldman, Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) Anglophone Africa; and
  • Marion Krämer, German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval)
  • Girma Kumbi, Independent Development Evaluation Department, AfDB

Fit-to-purpose cost-analysis: generating policy-relevant evidence on the cost of development interventions

Date: 26 October 2021
Time: 17:00-18:00pm CET

  • Sam Fishman, Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), UC Berkeley
  • Doug Glandon, Lead Evaluation Specialist, 3ie
  • Caitlin Tulloch, IRC
  • Radhika Bhula, J-PAL
  • Alaka Holla, Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF), World Bank