Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning

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The Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL) is an academic consortium initiative supported by UK aid through Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). The centre’s objective is to commission and implement impact evaluations, promote the uptake and use of evidence from impact evaluations, and develop and demonstrate new and innovative methodologies for impact evaluation and evidence accumulation.

Our former executive director, Emmanuel Jimenez is part of CEDIL’s intellectual leadership team, along with other senior experts from Campbell Collaboration, EPPI-Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College of London.

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CEDIL Funding

CEDIL funds 25 new innovative research projects

The Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL) has announced awards for 25 innovative research projects, which include evaluations, secondary data analysis, evidence synthesis and exploratory studies. These projects focus on evaluating complex interventions, enhancing the transferability of research findings and promoting evidence-informed decision-making. Covering over 20 low- and middle-income countries, they break new ground in terms of research design and fill critical evidence gaps in priority sectors and geographies. For more information on these projects, please click here.


CEDIL publications

A map of evidence maps relating to sustainable development in low-and middle-income countries

This report presents the findings of a map of evidence maps designed to catalogue maps relating to development interventions in low-and middle-income countries. The authors used a modified version of the 3ie’s evidence gap map methodology to identify, categorise and display evidence maps within a framework of intervention sectors adapted from the World Bank categorisation and outcomes classified according to the Sustainable Development Goals. This report has been produced by CEDIL, supported by UK aid through DFID, with contributions from 3ie.

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New: CEDIL – Centre for Evaluation Lecture Series

CEDIL and the Centre for Evaluation, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have started a new monthly lecture series that will address methods and innovation in primary studies.. The series will feature CEDIL’s intellectual leadership team members, amongst others.

Past events

Measuring the 'hard to measure' in development: Abstract, multi-dimensional concepts and processes, 4 March 2020, London, UK

Five challenges in the design and practice of implementation science trials for HIV prevention and treatment, 19 February 2020, London, UK

Using evidence in humanitarian decision-making, 29 January 2020, London, UK

How the global innovation fund uses impact forecasts to guide investment decisions, 4 December 2019, London, UK

CEDIL lecture: Turning ‘evidence for development on its head, 30 October 2019, London, UK 

Learning and adapting in development practice, 15 May 2019, London, UK

CEDIL lecture: the need for using theory to consider the transferability of interventions, 8 May 2019, London, UK

Evidence and gap maps, 21 March 2019, London, UK

When context is the barrier: evaluating programmes during political turmoil, 6 March 2019, London, UK

Evidence standards and justifiable evidence claims, 6 Feb 2019, London, UK

CEDIL lecture: stakeholder engagement for development impact evaluation and evidence synthesis, 23 Jan 2019, London, UK

To boldly go where no evaluator has gone before: the CEDIL evaluation agenda, 12 December 2018, London, UK

Uncertainty and its consequences in social policy evaluation and evidence-based decision-making, 31 October 2018, London, UK

Using mid-level theory to understand behavioural change: examples from health and evidence based policy, 30 August 2018, London, UK 

Development impact attribution: mental models and methods in ‘mixed marriage’ evaluations, 18 July 2018, London, UK

Representing theories of change technical challenges and evaluation consequences, 30 May 2018, London, UK

The four waves of the evidence revolution: progress and challenges in evidence-based policy and practice, 11 April 2018, London, UK

CEDIL inception paper launch event, 25 January 2018, London, UK

CEDIL at the 3ie London Evidence Week, 8 November 2017, London, UK