The WACIE Helpdesk, an initiative led by 3ie’s WACIE program in collaboration with IDinsight, provides rapid synthesis and evidence translation to help policymakers in West Africa understand what evidence exists for specific policy questions. It also connects them to additional resources, such as remote, telephone-based data collection or rapid-cycle program evaluations. The Helpdesk is staffed by 3ie and IDinsight technical staff with support from other experts when necessary. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Launching the WACIE Helpdesk
Demand for high-quality development evidence in West Africa far outstrips supply. The WACIE Helpdesk aims to help fill this gap. In this blogpost, we discuss what the Helpdesk offers, what we've learned through the process of launching it, and our hopes for the future of the initiative.
What affects uptake of agricultural technologies?
Improving agricultural productivity is seen as key to development in West Africa. However, adoption of new agricultural technologies is rare in many African countries, and the challenges relating to agricultural development are numerous. This brief presents evidence on the determinants of adoption of improved agricultural technologies by smallholder farmers.
Rapid Response Briefs
WACIE Helpdesk Rapid Response Briefs answer questions from West African policymakers about the design of development programming. Rapid Response Briefs identify and synthesize high-quality, context-relevant evidence surrounding which interventions are effective and how those programs should be implemented. Whenever possible, we rely on findings from systematic reviews, which combine results from all the relevant studies on a particular research question, yielding more reliable findings than individual studies. We supplement systematic reviews with evidence from impact evaluations and other studies from relevant contexts, especially from West Africa.
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Completed WACIE Rapid Response Briefs: