3ie supports studies to fill critical knowledge gaps in a sector, sub-sector or in an area with limited rigorous evidence.

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We are a leader in supporting the production, synthesis and uptake of high-quality evidence on what works in social and economic development. Established in 2008, we provide services and expertise to address the knowledge needs in the development sector and to help decision making in governments, NGOs, foundations, international development institutions and others working in low- and middle-income countries. We work across a wide range of sectors including agriculture, education, health, nutrition, sanitation, livelihoods, climate change and peacebuilding, among others. In all our work we believe transparency, reproducibility and ethics are core considerations and we have developed tools to bolster these efforts.

  • Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health requires decision-makers to have evidence on what works or not, for whom and why, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (L&MIC).
  • Agricultural Innovation Evidence Program

    3ie’s agricultural innovation evidence program supports evaluations aimed at understanding how best to encourage farmers in developing economies to adopt new inputs and practices.
  • Agricultural Insurance Evidence Program

    Agriculture is a major source of sustenance for rural populations in low- and middle income countries. But owing to weather, pests, diseases and price fluctuations, farmers face numerous ...
  • Aquaculture for livelihoods, nutrition and women’s empowerment

    3ie is conducting mixed methods evaluations and systematic reviews to generate evidence around interventions working with smallholder fish farmers, particularly women, to increase productivity and diversity of their aquaculture activities and promote maternal and child nutrition and women’s empowerment.
  • Development Priorities Evidence Program

    Launched in 2015, this program focused on generating evidence in priority sectors closely aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals. 3ie supported 14 rigorous, high-quality impact eval...
  • Education

    According to the United Nations estimates, 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women.
  • HIV Combination Prevention Program

    3ie, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is supporting studies and other work on HIV combination prevention to maximize the useful knowledge and policy implications from these interventions.
  • HIV Self-Testing Evidence Program

    To gain a better understanding of whether providing HIV self-tests to people would increase HIV testing rates, and who might benefit most from availability of tests, 3ie funded seven pilo...
  • Humanitarian

    3ie supported seven impact evaluations under this program that provided rigorous evidence to improve the quality of life of people living in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.
  • Improving Lives of Waste Pickers in India

    This 3ie-led evaluation will inform future design and scale-up of the Saamuhika Shakti or Collective Impact initiative that aims to improve the lives of waste pickers in Bengaluru, in Ind...
  • Innovations in Data for Impact Evaluation

    3ie promotes rigorous, efficient, and ethical use of innovative data sources for impact evaluations, including in those conducted by 3ie, its research partners, and the global development...
  • Innovations in Increasing Immunization Evidence Program

    Vaccines prevent millions of child deaths each year. Over the past few years, however, global immunization coverage has stagnated, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. In 201...
  • Integration of HIV Services Evidence Program

    Much of the evidence surrounding the integration of HIV services with maternal, neonatal, and child health services, as well as with sexual and reproductive health and family planning ser...
  • Maternal and Child Health

    3ie, the World Health Organization and the Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health worked together to create a gap map to assess the evidence available on social, behavioural and community engagement interventions related to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health programs in low and middle-income countries.
  • Nutrition and Food Security

    Everyone needs reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. However, all too often, this need is not fulfilled. Despite best efforts, significant gaps persist between global nutrition targets and actual achievements. 3ie’s nutrition, agriculture, and food security programs attempt to provide evidence regarding the impacts of interventions that are meant to address this basic human requirement.
  • Peacebuilding

    Fragility has expensive, long-term consequences and trying to build peace in situations of protracted conflicts is becoming the norm. In 2016, 1.8 billion people – nearly a quarter of the...
  • Philippines Evidence Program

    3ie, in partnership with the Philippines National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is implementing a multi-year Philippines Evidence Program (also known as Policy Window Philippines).
  • Promoting Latrine Use in Rural India Evidence Program

    Safe sanitation is a key determinant of many public health outcomes and ending open defecation is necessary in order to achieve safe sanitation. To this end, the Indian government has led...
  • Replication

    We set up our Replication Program to address the need for a freely available global public good that helps improve the quality and reliability of impact evaluation evidence used for development decision-making.
  • Rural India Livelihoods Project

    Launched in 2011, the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) aims to link the rural poor in India to sustainable livelihood opportunities and financial services. In collaboration with ...
  • Sanitation and Hygiene Evidence Program

    Globally, more people have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) than ever before. But we are still a long way from achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring t...
  • Social Protection

    This program supports impact evaluations to build the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the risks faced by the poor through participation in public works and employment programs.
  • Strengthening Evidence and Economic Modelling Partnership Project

    3ie, in partnership with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), is working to strengthen evidence use in MCC’s program designs and investment decisions.
  • Swashakt: Empowering Indian Women’s Collectives

    India has one of the lowest female labor force participation rates in South Asia. Among rural women, less than 30 per cent are engaged in productive work, paid or unpaid.
  • Transparency and Accountability in Natural Resources Evidence Program

    The natural resource governance sector is under-researched and programs in it are under-evaluated. 3ie supported seven impact evaluations to fill critical knowledge gaps on what works to ...
  • Transparency, Reproducibility, and Ethics (TRE)

    3ie champions the research transparency and reproducibility movement as a means of understanding and mitigating challenges to the credibility of social science research, while also workin...
  • Uganda

    3ie, in partnership with the Uganda Office of the Prime Minister (OPM Uganda), implemented a multi-year program to strengthen the production and use of evaluation evidence with selected ministries.
  • Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision Evidence Program

    It is widely recognized that preventive measures are crucial in tackling the HIV epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Three randomized controlled trials and numerous observational studies have...
  • West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation

    The West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation (WACIE) program is a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government syste...