Millions of dollars continues to be spent each year on development programmes that do not work. 3ie’s advocacy for evidence-informed action highlights reducing this wasteful aid expenditure by ensuring decision makers have quality evidence about what works when they need it.

We play a unique role in promoting collaboration among researchers, policymakers and development programme managers at country, regional and global levels. We advocate for innovative, mixed-method studies that can generate useful, gender- and equity-responsive evidence for informing programmes and policies. Our advocacy draws on what we have learned from impact evaluation and synthesis evidence in multiple sectors and countries.  We work with governments and other partners to strengthen national M&E systems and capacity development to produce and use evidence. We are also at the forefront of initiatives to improve research transparency, open access and ensure ethical research and evaluation.

Addressing priority development challenges and evidence gaps

Our successful evidence weeks in Delhi, London and Washington, DC and global conferences and seminar series are our platforms for advocating for effective approaches in evidence production and use. We have contributed substantially to setting standards and advancing the discussion on high-quality impact evaluations, systematic reviews and evidence gap maps. Our international conferences, such as the Making Impact Evaluation Matter 2014 and the What Works Global Summit 2016, have been platforms for spirited discussions among evidence producers, users and intermediaries.

Strengthening national M&E systems

Through our evidence programmes in Uganda; and the Philippines, we work with our government partners to strengthen national M&E systems, develop capacity to commission evaluations and promote evidence use within government. Our West Africa Capacity Building and Impact Evaluation Programme, a joint regional initiative with the Benin government in eight countries, promotes the culture of evaluation and increase governments’ capacity to commission impact evaluations and use evidence in decision-making within the finance, economy and planning ministries. With this initiative, we are working towards reducing the glaring gap in evidence production between Francophone and Anglophone Africa.

Promoting research transparency and openness

We are one of the leaders of the growing movement to improve global standards for research transparency and openness. Our initiatives encourage study registrations and making research materials, including data sets and internal replications, publicly available.

Improving monitoring and measurement of evidence uptake and use

Through events, capacity development workshops and publications, we have been sharing our expertise on the effective ways of producing policy-relevant evidence, and monitoring and evaluating evidence uptake and use. We also publish evidence use briefs, which can be found in the publications section.