Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning

The Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL) is an academic consortium initiative supported by UK aid through DFID. The centre’s objective is to commission and implement impact evaluations, promote the uptake and use of evidence from impact evaluations, and develop and demonstrate new and innovative methodologies for impact evaluation and evidence accumulation.


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Our executive director, Emmanuel Jimenez is part of CEDIL’s intellectual leadership team, along with other senior experts from Campbell Collaboration, EPPI-Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College of London.

Visit the CEDIL website at www.cedilprogramme.org.

Coming soon: CEDIL call for applications for research protects and innovative impact evaluations 

The Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning will issue a request for applications for research projects and innovative applications that contribute to their strategic research agenda. 

This pre-announcement should enable prospective researchers and evaluation specialists to develop project ideas and assemble teams in preparation for two calls - one for large projects (up to £1 million) and one for small projects (under £300,000) – which will be issued in early February 2019. 

Themes and criteria

CEDIL will fund research projects and innovative impact evaluations which address three themes:

  1. 1. Evaluating complex interventions
  2. 2. Enhancing the transferability of evaluation through middle range theory
  3. 3. Enhancing the use and usefulness of evaluation findings

To maximise the impact of its funded research, CEDIL will prioritise applications from researchers and evaluation practitioners in the Global South, and those which can demonstrate strong relevance to the programmes and policies of CEDIL’s funder, the UK Department for International Development (DFID). CEDIL is committed to supporting gender equity and diversity.

For more detailed information on the funding opportunities, please see the full pre-announcement note here

CEDIL publications

A map of evidence maps relating to sustainable development in low-and middle-income countries

This report presents the findings of a map of evidence maps designed to catalogue maps relating to development interventions in low-and middle-income countries. The authors used a modified version of the 3ie’s evidence gap map methodology to identify, categorise and display evidence maps within a framework of intervention sectors adapted from the World Bank categorisation and outcomes classified according to the Sustainable Development Goals. This report has been produced by CEDIL, supported by UK aid through DFID, with contributions from 3ie.

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New: CEDIL – Centre for Evaluation Lecture Series

CEDIL and the Centre for Evaluation, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have started a new monthly lecture series that will address methods and innovation in primary studies.. The series will feature CEDIL’s intellectual leadership team members, amongst others.

Upcoming events

Evidence standards and justifiable evidence claims, 6 Feb 2019, London, UK