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These briefs summarise findings or provide highlights of 3ie working papers – a series that focusses on current debates in evidence generation and use. Policy-relevant papers in the working paper series also synthesise findings of mixed-method impact evaluations and systematic reviews to offer new analyses and recommendations.

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Do financial inclusion schemes empower women? Evidence on what works from India’s National Rural Livelihoods Project

Working paper Brief 3ie 2021 This brief is based on a working paper that provides empirical evidence in support of the hypothesis that providing women with access to large loans enhances their decision-making ability within the household.

Understanding the current and potential role of self-help group federations

Working paper Brief 3ie 2020 This brief summarises findings from a rapid field study of select federations in Kerala and Karnataka to understand the current and potential role of these federations to promote high-value livelihood activities for women.

Implementation evidence on nutrition interventions in India

Working paper Brief 3ie 2020 This brief summarizes findings from an evidence map on nutrition-specific interventions aimed at improving maternal and child health in India.

How effective are transparency and accountability initiatives? An overview of new evidence

Working paper Brief 3ie 2019

This brief synthesizes main findings and key lessons from seven impact evaluations implemented across Ecuador, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Peru and Tanzania.

What works to improve nutrition and food security in the Sahel?

Working paper Brief 3ie 2018 This brief summarises the main findings and lessons from a synthesis of four 3ie-supported impact evaluations of the World Food Programme’s interventions to improve nutrition and food security outcomes.

Evaluating advocacy initiatives: what works?

Working paper Brief 3ie 2018 This brief is based on a 3ie working paper that reviewed 56 impact evaluations and used positive deviance analysis to identify factors associated with successful advocacy programmes. It also summarises the paper’s findings on challenges related to evaluating advocacy and offers pointers for identifying suitable methods.

Does community-driven development build social cohesion or infrastructure?

Working paper Brief 3ie 2018

In community-driven development , community members are in charge of identifying, implementing and maintaining externally funded development projects.