The Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL) 2023 conference: Innovations in Impact Evaluation: What Have We Learned?

Over the course of four sessions on consecutive days, panel discussions and presentations will consider the future of impact evaluation and the lessons we have learned on using a range of methods to understand the complex pathways to impact, including in humanitarian contexts. The conference will be held entirely online on Zoom and will be free to participants. Drawing on lessons from online events over the past three years and to be inclusive of multiple time zones, there will be one conference session per day for four days.

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Start Date: 21 February 2023 End Date: 24 February 2023


Tuesday 21st February 2023, 12.00 GMT – 13.30 (GMT)

Impact evaluations are embracing a broader range of methods to answer questions not readily answered by randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The session will reflect on CEDIL’s work and that of others in developing innovative methods to examine the impact of interventions.

Chair: Howard White, Research Director, CEDIL;

Annie Duflo, Executive Director, Innovations for Poverty Action;
Arianna Legovini, Director of the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME), World Bank;
Gonzalo Hernandez, Senior Research Fellow, 3ie

Wednesday 22nd February 2023, 12.00 – 13.15 (GMT)

This session will focus on the innovative methods that presenters have used for evaluations, including their work on CEDIL. Each presenter will give a quick overview of the innovations they have worked on and consider.

Chair: Macartan Humphreys

Matt Juden, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine;
Nazmun Ratna, Associate Professor in Development Economics, Lincoln University;
Claudia Ringler, Senior Research Fellow, Transformation Strategies Department of the International Food Policy Research Institute; and
Douglas Glandon, 3ie

Thursday 23rd February 2023, 12.00 – 13.15 (GMT)

This session will present the work that CEDIL has supported in evaluating and synthesising the evidence on humanitarian interventions. Speakers will present their work and share their key insights and reflections, which will be followed by a moderated panel discussion.

Chair: Chris Porter, FCDO

Jeannie Annan, Chief Research and Innovation Officer, International Rescue Committee;
Marcella Vigneri, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine;
Ghassan Baliki, Program Director: WelfareF40 ISDC – International Security and Development Center (ISDC), Germany; and
Alan de Brauw, IFPRI

Friday 24th February 2023, 12.00 – 13.30 (GMT)

This session will provide an opportunity to share the important learning from CEDIL and reflect on the advances made in addressing the gaps identified in evaluation and evidence synthesis. The session will highlight our key insights from the programmes of work that looked at evaluating complex interventions, enhancing evidence transferability and increasing evidence use.

Chair: David Ameyaw

Sian Rasdale, Deputy Director, Global Science Department, FCDO;
Howard White, Research Director, CEDIL;
Edoardo Masset, Deputy Research Director, CEDIL; and
Radhika Menon, Research Uptake Lead, CEDIL