The role of evidence in a changing world

The Centre for Development Impact has convened a panel of global development experts to discuss the role of evidence in a changing world and ask what next for international development.

Introducing CDI’s new director, 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.

Highlights as a CDI Director: New Frontiers, ethics and people

It is exciting times for CDI as I hand over the Directorship to Dr Giel Ton, Fellow at IDS, and Deputy Director, Dr Rachel Eager at Itad (find out what Giel is looking forward to working on as

Lee Imray

Project Administrator

Mixing methods to assess the impact of private sector support: experiences from the Dutch PRIME-programme

In this seminar, new CDI Director Giel Ton will present his experiences with research design to improve real-time monitoring and evaluation in PSD organisations – Pioneering Real-time Monitoring and Evaluation in small and medium enterprises (PRIME).

Giel Ton

Director of the Centre for Development Impact

Effects of certification schemes for agricultural production on socio-economic outcomes in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review

The rise of voluntary standards and their associated certification for agricultural products is a well-established phenomenon in the contemporary dynamics of agricultural trade. Supply chain management is increasingly influenced by a proliferation of standards, and by the organisations setting and monitoring them over a growing number of products.

Small loans, big problems: The irresistible rise and fall of microfinance

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”.

Choosing appropriate evaluation methods: a tool for assessment and selection

Broadening the range of methods and designs for impact evaluations provides new opportunities and opens up new possibilities. However, it creates the problem of choosing and combining the most appropriate methods under different circumstances and for different evaluations.