How can a rethink of lessons from field experiments inform future research in transparency, participation and accountability?

29 May 2019
Author: Jonathan Fox

In April, during our Washington Evidence Week, 3ie co-hosted with the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group a day-long public conference on Citizen Engagement and Accountable Government.  It was an inspiring and very well-attended event on an extremely important issue of our times (links to the conference videos are at the end of the blog).

Be careful what you wish for: cautionary tales on using single studies to inform policymaking

21 May 2019
Author: Emmanuel Jimenez

For a development evaluator, the holy grail is to have evidence from one’s study be taken up and used in policy or programming decisions that improve people’s lives. It’s not easy. Decisions are based on many factors. The availability of evidence is just one of them. And of course, even when evidence is taken up, it does not mean that it will lead to the right decision.

A shot in the arm: why engaging with a range of stakeholders matters

24 April 2019
Author: Ananta Seth, Radhika Menon

When 3ie set up the Innovations in Increasing Immunisation Evidence Programme, we realised early on that we had to walk the talk. The evidence programme funded formative and impact evaluations of community-based approaches for boosting coverage in countries with low or stagnating immunisation rates. But community members and local decision makers had not been figuring prominently in our approach to how our grantees engage with stakeholders.

Putting government in the driver’s seat to generate and use impact evaluations in the Philippines

11 March 2019
Author: Emmanuel Jimenez, Tara Kaul, Fides Borja

Impact evaluations are sometimes criticised for being supply-driven. It is hard to know for sure. There is no counterfactual to what would have happened without the impact evaluation.   

From capacity building to developing capacities: dreaming big about improving evidence use

22 February 2019
Author: Beryl Leach, Ruth Stewart
Knowledge and information sharing are two of the main reasons people join the Africa Evidence Network (AEN). More specifically, demand for more capacity development for evidence production and use comes up again and again in our webinars, in blogs from our members and in what they share with us via the AEN website and newsletter. We see this demand in the high turnout for workshops at our biennial AEN conference. Yet, people we talk with are frustrated with the types of capacity development on offer in our region.


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