Evaluations with impact: decision-focused impact evaluation as a practical policymaking tool

Evaluations with impact: decision-focused impact evaluation as a practical policymaking tool

3ie Working Paper 25

Neil Buddy Shah, Paul Wang, Andrew Fraker and Daniel Gastfriend

In this paper, impact evaluation firm IDinsight argues that, in order to more effectively inform development action, impact evaluations must be adapted to serve as context-specific tools for decision-making that feed into local solution-finding systems. Towards this end, a new kind of impact evaluation has recently emerged, one that prioritises the implementer’s specific decision-making needs over potential contributions to a global body of knowledge. These ‘decision-focused evaluations’ are driven by implementer demand, tailored to implementer needs and constraints and embedded within implementer structures. By reframing the primary evaluation objective, they allow implementers to generate and use rigorous evidence more quickly, more affordably and more effectively than ever before. 

The authors, Neil Buddy Shah, Paul Wang, Andrew Fraker and Daniel Gastfriend, suggest strategies for involving all stakeholders, increasing demand for and supply of decision-focused evaluations, effectually using knowledge- and decision-focused evaluation methods and incorporating other systems and considerations to maximise the social impact of impact evaluations.

Transparency and accountability in the extractives sector: a synthesis of what works and what does not

Transparency and accountability in the extractives sector: a synthesis of what works and what does not

Working paper 3ie 2019
This paper synthesises key lessons from seven impact evaluations of these initiatives in the extractives sector. The synthesis shows that providing information alone may not be sufficient. Instead, information combined with deliberations positively affect knowledge, trust and demand for accountability.

3ie evidence gap maps: a starting point for strategic evidence production and use

3ie evidence gap maps: a starting point for strategic evidence production and use

Working paper 3ie 2017

Evidence Gap Maps (EGMs) provide an important tool for evidence-informed policymaking and strategic research prioritisation.

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Integrating impact evaluation and implementation research to accelerate evidence-informed action

Working paper 3ie 2018
The authors of this paper use three case studies in which researchers and implementers integrated implementation research and impact evaluation, highlighting what worked or what was missed and provide practical recommendations.

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Synthesis of impact evaluations of the World Food Programme’s nutrition interventions in humanitarian settings in the Sahel

Working paper 3ie 2018

Acute malnutrition in the Sahel region affects an estimated 6 million children under the age of 5, of whom approximately 1.4 million require treatment for severe acute malnutrition.

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Community-driven development: does it build social cohesion or infrastructure? A mixed-method evidence synthesis

Working paper 3ie 2018

In community-driven development (CDD) programmes, community members are in charge of identifying, implementing and maintaining externally funded development projects.