Video lecture series

In this series, 3ie experts provide a simple overview of core concepts in impact evaluations systematic reviews and evidence use, drawing on examples from multiple sectors. These videos are a useful learning resource for programme managers, policymakers and students who are new to the evaluation sector


Introductory lecture

Speaker: Professor Howard White, Former executive Director, 3ie

3ie In this video, Howard White introduces the 3ie Video Lecture Series and the topics covered in the videos.

Video lecture 1: What is impact evaluation?

Speaker: Professor Howard White, Former executive Director, 3ie 

By just measuring changes after a project has been implemented, you cannot tell whether the change can be attributed to the project. In this video, Howard White explains why.

Video lecture 2: The theory of change

Speaker: Professor Howard White, Former executive Director, 3ie 

A sound theory of change should be the basis of every rigorous impact evaluation. Howard White charts out how it works.

Video Lecture 3: Introduction to Randomized Control Trials

Speaker: Dr Annette Brown, Deputy Director –Advancement and Impact Evaluation Services, 3ie

In this video, Annette Brown explains how you can create a valid counterfactual using randomized control trials and rigorously evaluate programmes.She illustrates how random assignment works in practice. Take the quiz on Introduction to Randomized Control Trials.

Video Lecture 4: Quasi-experimental methods for impact evaluations

Speaker: Dr Jyotsna Puri, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation, 3ie 

The random assignment of a development programme is not always possible. Jyotsna Puri gives the run down on how quasi experimental methods can be used to get around the challenge of creating a valid counterfactual.

Video Lecture 5: Systematic Reviews

Speaker: Dr Philip Davies, Deputy Director –Synthesis and Reviews, 3ie 

Systematic Reviews are essential for presenting the balance of research evidence on a topic. Philip Davies runs you through how a comprehensive systematic review comes together.


Video Lecture 6: Using evidence to inform policy

Speaker: Beryl Leach, Deputy Director– Policy, Advocacy and Communication, 3ie 

The use of research evidence in policymaking or programme design is not a straightforward process. Beryl Leach cuts through the complexities of the issue and gives practical pointers on how research uptake can be increased.

Video Lecture 7: Impact evaluations of infrastructure sector projects and programmes

Speaker: Howard White, Former executive Director, 3ie 

Although it may be considered a challenge, infrastructure projects can lend themselves to impact evaluation methods. In this video, Howard White takes you through the different evaluation designs that can be used for assessing the impact of infrastructure programmes.

Video lecture 8: Assessing the impact of humanitarian relief assistance

Speaker: Dr Jyotsna Puri, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation, 3ie 

Impact evaluations of humanitarian relief programmes are considered particularly challenging because they need to be done quickly and it may be difficult to have a valid counterfactual. Jyotsna Puri uses case studies to show how data and methods can be innovatively used for getting around these challenges and conducting high quality impact evaluations.

Video lecture 9: Impact evaluations of health sector projects and programmes

Speaker: Dr Shagun Sabarwal, Evaluation Specialist, 3ie 

Impact evaluations have been used to assess the impact of health programmes on a host of outcomes. In this video, Shagun Sabarwal explains how a mixed-method impact evaluation was used to assess the effectiveness of a programme in Malawi and generate highly policy relevant evidence.

Video lecture 10: Impact evaluation for democracy and governance

Speaker: Dr Annette Brown, Former Deputy Director –Advancement and Impact Evaluation Services, 3ie 

Impact evaluations can be used to answer important development questions related to democracy and governance programmes. Annette Brown illustrates how by providing new examples of different impact evaluation methods in practice.

Video lecture 11: Impact evaluations of agriculture & rural development programmes

Speaker: Dr Markus Olapade, Evaluation Specialist, 3ie 

Agricultural productivity in Africa is low although there are several technologies now available for increasing yields. Markus Olapade demonstrates how an impact evaluation that combines propensity score matching and difference in difference estimation was used to assess the impact of farmer field schools in East Africa.

Video lecture 12: Impact evaluations of environment and climate change programmes

Speaker: Dr Jyotsna Puri, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation, 3ie

Although the world loses $3-5 trillion of natural capital every year, there is not a lot of robust evidence on what works in conserving the environment and addressing climate change. In this video, Jyotsna Puri shows how impact evaluations of payment for ecosystem services programme and protected area programmes can answer important development questions.

Video lecture 13: Evaluating the impact of an education programme

Speaker: Radhika Menon, Senior Policy, Advocacy and Communication Officer

Many education programmes have helped in increasing the enrolment and attendance of children in schools but there is less evidence on what works in improving learning. In this video, RadhikaMenon uses an example from India to show how an impact evaluation can provide rigorous evidence on what works in improving child learning.

Video lecture 14: Impact evaluations of social protection

Speaker: Heather Lanthorn, Evaluation Specialist, 3ie 

Conditional cash transfers are one of the most studied programmes in development economics but there is still a lot we need to learn about whether and how they work. In this video, Heather Lanthorn illustrates how an evaluation using regression discontinuity design assesses the impact of a conditional cash transfer programme on educational outcomes in Cambodia.

Video lecture 15: Impact evaluations in microfinance

Speaker: Stuti Tripathi, Senior Policy Officer, 3ie 

Impact evaluations can provide practitioners with useful guidance on what an intervention can realistically accomplish. Stuti Tripathishows how impact evaluations have helped the microfinance sector introspect on where microcredit was falling short in fulfilling its mandate and contributed to innovation in programme design.

Video lecture 16: Why meta-analysis is policy-relevant: a video lecture by Hugh Waddington

Speaker: Hugh Waddington, Senior evaluation specialist, 3ie

In this How-To video, Hugh Waddington (3ie) explains why meta-analysis is one of the most appropriate methods for decision makers to use in policymaking. Meta-analysis is a quantitative statistical analysis of several separate but similar experiments or studies in order to test the pooled data for statistical significance. Using examples from 3ie studies on micro-credit and land reform programmes, Hugh explains how meta-analysis can help investigate a wide variety of questions, as long as there is a reasonable body of primary research studies.