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A unique partnership

The Centre for Development Impact is an innovative partnership between Itad, UEA and IDS. We contribute to learning and innovation in the field of impact evaluation, through the use of appropriate, mixed method, and robust evaluation designs.


New Frontiers for Evaluation

As part of the International Year of Evaluation 2015 this conference will provide an opportunity to identify good impact evaluation practices and to build new evaluation coalitions for market-oriented development initiatives.


Who Counts? The Power of Participatory Statistics

Local people can generate their own numbers – and the statistics that result are powerful for themselves and can influence policy.


Testing an Uptake Theory with QCA

Policy impact is a complex process influenced by multiple factors. An intermediate step in this process is policy uptake, or the adoption of measures by policymakers that reflect research findings and recommendations.

Latest publications

This report highlights the paradox within impact investing: the prioritisation of ‘social impact’ without prioritising ‘impact evidence’.

Institute of Development Studies February 2017

This report explains the methodology used to analyse the demand for evidence and accountability within the impact investment market.

Institute of Development Studies November 2016

Impact investing – investing for social and environmental returns alongside financial returns – is a growing phenomenon in financial markets. However, concerns exist regarding the demand for robust impact evidence and accountability for impact claims when compared to a public sector aid model.

Institute of Development Studies October 2016

Upcoming events

15 March 2018 - 1:00pm
In this CDI seminar, James Copestake will introduce the QuIP and explain how and why it combines features of causal process tracing, outcome harvesting and realist evaluation while addressing confirmation bias and confirmability problems associated with much qualitative social research.
Speaker(s): James Copestake
15 February 2018 - 1:00pm
Steff Deprez will present the principles and practice of the SenseMaker methodology and provide examples of SenseMaker applications in diverse programmes for both monitoring and evaluation processes.
Speaker(s): Steff Deprez
31 January 2018 - 3:30pm
Beginning in the 1970s as a small US government-led experiment in Latin America, by the 1990s the microfinance model was very widely seen as the most powerful way of addressing poverty, deprivation and inequality in the global south. The US trained Bangladeshi economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus felt able to claim that microfinance would “eradicate poverty in a generation”.
Speaker(s): Milford Bateman

An introduction to CDI

Centre for Development Impact - Explainer

Latest blog posts

Giel Ton

My work with CDI is to help the evaluation of development impact. This implies research to detect outcomes that change in response to a project or a programme, and explore the conditions that contributed to the realisation of these effects. However, these projects and programmes are always context-dependent. Each impact study, or for this blog post, ‘effectiveness’ study, has specific characteristics that make their impact ‘unique’, which limits the usefulness of their findings to the outside world – the so-called ‘external validity’.

February 2018
Peter O'Flynn

The purpose of our research into smallholder supply chains is to increase the evidence base on the information collected and used by companies and investors who invest in them. We define smallholders as small-scale farmers, pastoralists, forest keepers and fishers who manage and operate areas between one and ten hectares (FAO, 2013). In November 2017, I worked with firms in both Malawi and Kenya (while a colleague did the same in Ethiopia) to find out: 

December 2017
Giel Ton

In July 2017, I joined IDS as the new director of the Centre for Development Impact. I look forward to developing CDI further as a platform and safe-space for innovation in impact evaluation.

October 2017

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