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These briefs summarise major lessons we have learned in implementing 3ie-funded impact evaluations. They can cover a range of issues, such as study design, methods, implementation, and stakeholder engagement and evidence uptake.

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Weaving through generations: Productivity and women's autonomy in family-owned businesses in rural India

Learning summary Brief 3ie PDF icon 2024  
The authors of this brief summarize the analysis of an ongoing 3ie mixed-methods study that aims to provide insights into the workings of family-owned weaving businesses and understand their economic or commercial productivity when multiple or single generations are involved. This brief is a part of the Swashakt Evidence Program, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Interventions to reverse democratic backsliding need to be more context-aware

Learning summary Brief 3ie PDF icon 2023  
The authors of this brief present findings of a rapid evidence assessment on the effects of democracy and freedom interventions in democratic backsliding contexts. This brief was commissioned by the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

Evaluating agriculture in Niger using remotely-sensed data: preliminary lessons

Learning summary Brief 3ie PDF icon 2023  
Authors of this brief share preliminary lessons from an ongoing evaluation of Niger’s Agricultural Production Intensification for Food Security Project (PIPA/SA) which aims to increase irrigated and rain-fed crop production. Since the intervention areas are remote and hard to survey, the West African Development Bank (BOAD) commissioned 3ie and New Light Technologies to use remotely sensed data to analyze various program outcomes, including changes in production, water availability, siltation and desertification.

Using social networks to improve rural women’s livelihoods in India

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The author of this note presents learning from India’s Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana National Rural Livelihoods Mission and illustrates the benefits of layering economic programs on social networks or groups, and how these vary according to the group’s composition and characteristics. Funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the note also talks about policy recommendations for decision-makers to consider.

Learning from collective-led sanitation enterprises in two cities of Tamil Nadu

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This brief summarizes findings from a learning study conducted in two cities of Tamil Nadu, Tiruchirappalli and Coimbatore to understand the experiences of urban collectives engaged in sanitation-l

Learning from collective-led sanitation enterprises in two cities of Telangana

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This brief summarizes findings from a learning study conducted in two cities of Telangana, Nizamabad and Warangal to understand the experiences of urban collectives engaged in sanitation-linked livelihoods.

Learning from collective-led sanitation enterprises in two cities of Odisha

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This brief summarizes findings from a learning study conducted in two cities of Odisha, Berhampur and Dhenkanal to understand the experiences of urban collectives engaged in sanitation-linked livelihoods.

Lessons learned from the implementation of the Emergency Program of the Regional Initiative for Sustainable Energy

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This brief shares lessons from the design and implementation of a sustainable energy initiative program implemented by the BOAD across the eight countries that comprise the WAEMU.

Using behavioural science to support latrine use in rural India: findings from behaviour change interventions in Bihar

Learning summary Brief 3ie PDF icon 2021  
Behavioural change interventions have the potential to sustain gains in latrine use. Authors of this brief summarise findings from cluster-randomised trials that assess the impact of behaviour change interventions on latrine use in Bihar.

Using behavioural science to support latrine use in rural India: findings from behaviour change interventions in Karnataka

Learning summary Brief 3ie PDF icon 2021  
Behavioural change interventions have the potential to sustain gains in latrine use. Authors of this brief summarise findings from cluster-randomised trials that assess the impact of behaviour change interventions on latrine use in Karnataka.