International Development Coordinating Group

IDCGThe International Development Coordinating Group (IDCG) is a multidisciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and funders committed to evidence-informed policies. This network is part of the Campbell Collaboration, and 3ie provides technical expertise and editorial services to authors of systematic reviews that focus on international development. Co-chairs Marie Gaarder, Executive Director, 3ie; and Peter Tugwell, Professor, Department of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, lead the group.

Why support synthesis?

Over the last decade, there has been an increase in demand for evidence to inform international development policy, programming and practice. Donors, implementing agencies and governments are under pressure to demonstrate that their policies are informed by evidence. Systematic reviews summarise the best available evidence on a specific question by synthesizing the results of several studies.

IDCG’s objectives

  • Support production and dissemination of high-quality systematic reviews in the area of international development;
  • Foster collaboration, develop and cultivate a diverse international network of individuals who contribute to and promote the production of systematic reviews;
  • Develop the capacity of authors and policymakers to conduct and use systematic reviews, especially those based in low- and middle-income countries;
  • Engage evidence users such as policymakers and promote the work of the group; and
  • Provide a platform for dissemination through journal publication.

What IDCG does

The group provides technical expertise and editorial services to Campbell Collaboration review authors. It has supported several reviews, protocols and titles which are available in the research evidence section of Campbell’s website. The group has also developed and published a number of resources for authors, contributed to a special issue of the Journal of Development Effectiveness and organized panels and workshops at various events. The secretariat also engages with a number of agencies, including World Bank, AusAID and UK-AID, in overseeing the preparation of a range of reviews. Read more about the group here.

How can 3ie help you?

3ie will provide editorial services, in particular, related to the group’s systematic review projects. By accepting agreements to provide editorial services based on the packages mentioned below, 3ie will manage the editorial process for draft titles, protocols and reviews in liaison with the IDCG co-chairs and review teams.

How to register with IDCG

There are three stages in the production of a Campbell review or a Campbell evidence gap map (EGM): (1) title registration, (2) protocol, and (3) review or EGM.

The first step is to complete the title registration form (TRF). The proposed title for your systematic review or EGM should clearly state the scope of the review. This scope should be determined in consultation with key stakeholders, including intended end users.

The PICO framework is used to guide Campbell TRFs. If your review question is not intervention-focused, please modify that section of the TRF accordingly to fit your question.

Submit your TRF here. If you do not have a ScholarOne account, click on the link ‘Create an Account’

To find out more about submitting a proposal, click here.


All IDCG publications are available on Wiley Journal’s website. Click here to see an updated list of IDCG title registrations

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  • Marie Gaarder, Executive Director, 3ie  
  • Peter Tugwell, University of Ottawa, Canada


  • Maren Duvendack, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Elizabeth Kristjansson, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Annette O'Connor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA
  • Ashrita Saran, Campbell South Asia, India
  • Shannon Shisler, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), USA
  • Birte Snilstveit, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), UK

Associate Editors

  • Hannah Chirgwin, Department for International Development, UK
  • Thomas De Hoop, American Institutes for Research, USA
  • Mark Engelbert, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), UK
  • Damian Francis, Georgia College & State University, USA
  • Laurenz Langer, South Africa Centre for Evidence, South Africa
  • Tamara Lotfi, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Jennifer Petkovic, Bruyère Research Institute, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Daniel Phillips, NatCen Social Research, UK
  • Fahad Siddiqui, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
  • Jennifer Stevenson, Educational Endowment Foundation, UK
  • Fiona Wallace, Nutrition Opportunities Worldwide, Canada

Methods Editors

  • Emily Hennessy, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, SHARP Research Lab, USA
  • GJ Melendez-Torres, University of Exeter, UK

Information Specialist

  • Kirsten Elliott, Imperial College London, UK
  • Heather MacDonald, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Managing Editors

  • Audrey Portes, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie),
  • IDCG Assistant: Gulnaz Uzakbayeva, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), UK
  • Elizabeth Ghogomu (Nutrition and Food security topics), Bruyère Research Institute, University of Ottawa, Canada

Nutrition and Food Security

  • Elizabeth Kristjansson
  • Annette O'Connor
  • Damian Francis
  • Fahad Siddiqui
  • Fiona Wallace
  • Thomas de Hoop
  • Mark Engelbert


  •  Jen Stevenson
  • Maren Duvendack
  • Shannon Shisler
  • Daniel Phillips
  • Laurenz Mahlanza-Langer
  • Thomas de Hoop


  • Maren Duvendack
  • Laurenz Mahlanza-Langer
  • Thomas de Hoop
  • Mark Engelbert

Women empowerment & Gender

  • Laurenz Mahlanza-Langer
  • Maren Duvendack
  • Tamara Lotfi
  • Thomas de Hoop

Climate change/Environment

  • Jen Stevenson
  • Laurenz Mahlanza-Langer

Humanitarian settings

  • Thomas de Hoop

Social protection

  • Maren Duvendack
  • Thomas de Hoop
  • Mark Engelbert


  • Maren Duvendack
  • Thomas de Hoop


  • Maren Duvendack
  • Tamara Lotfi
  • Mark Engelbert
  • Jennifer Petkovic


  • Maren Duvendack


  • Maren Duvendack


  • Maren Duvendack