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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.

Event 

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.

Event 

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.

Publication 

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

Realist evaluation asks ‘how and why do interventions work or not work, for whom, and in what circumstances?’ It holds promise as an approach that can help evaluate complex programmes, and provide nuanced insights to guide decisions about rolling out, scaling up, or trying out interventions elsewhere. This CDI Practice Paper, by Melanie Punton, Isabel Vogel, Jennifer Leavy, Charles Michaelis and Edward Boydell, presents lessons from four large, multi-country realist evaluations of complex interventions conducted by Itad since 2013.

Institute of Development Studies March 2020

Realist evaluation asks ‘how and why do interventions work or not work, for whom, and in what circumstances?’ It holds promise as an approach that can help evaluate complex programmes, and provide nuanced insights to guide decisions about rolling out, scaling up, or trying out interventions elsewhere. This CDI Practice Paper, by Melanie Punton, Isabel Vogel, Jennifer Leavy, Charles Michaelis and Edward Boydell, presents lessons from four large, multi-country realist evaluations of complex interventions conducted by Itad since 2013.

Institute of Development Studies March 2020

This resource guide is one of a series of four developed to support researchers in international development with key monitoring, evaluation and learning processes, such as Theory of Change and logframes for proposal and project design.

IDS , University of Edinburgh and CDI November 2019

Upcoming events

6 September 2021 - 9:00am to 10 September 2021 - 5:00pm
Many development programmes have overlapping activities that are regularly adapted to changes in the context and result from collaboration with multiple partners. Traditional impact evaluation methods that measure differences in baseline and endline outcomes are not well suited to deal with this complexity. Contribution Analysis has emerged as a structured approach that is better able to address these real-world challenges. It consists of a step-wise, iterative process of refining Theory of Change and nested impact pathways. Subsequently, Mixed method research designs are used to verify the most critical and contested assumptions.
3 December 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
In recent years, international development programmes have increasingly sought to address complex problems, and this has led to growing demand for "complexity-aware" approaches to monitoring and evaluation. One key area of this frontier is the family of approaches known as theory-based evaluation. This webinar will argue that there is a need for combining theory-based methods to improve evaluation practice and shed light on causal mechanisms.
Speaker(s): Tom Aston
23 November 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Our world is experiencing global volatility, unprecedented levels of humanitariancrises and vulnerability, coupled with the impacts of climate change, migration,inequalities, and constantly emerging threats to peace and security. Against thisbackdrop, the fallout from a global pandemic has left no country unaffected, with thepotential for a severely negative impact for many in the future - particularly those whoare most vulnerable.
Speaker(s): Peter Taylor

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Latest blog posts

Richard Longhurst
“…evaluation tells us what works and what does not in a project or policy”. This simple description from the UK Evaluation Society (UKES) makes clear the absolutely vital role that evaluators globally have to play in assessing the impact, for example, of public and private investments on people’s lives. Despite this, the evaluation profession is still making progress in developing formal qualifications, and ‘anybody’ can claim to be an evaluator.
May 2020
Giel Ton, Dominic Glover

Giel Ton and Dominic Glover published the report ‘Improving Knowledge, Inputs and Markets for Legume Expansion: A Contribution Analysis of N2Africa in Ghana and Ethiopia’, They applied process-tracing to assess the contribution of the research programme N2Africa, which aimed to harness nitrogen fixation technologies.

January 2020
Inka Barnett, Peter O'Flynn
Young people are the future and their nutritional needs are critical for the well-being of any country. As highlighted in the recent Global Accelerated Action for Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) report investing in the nutrition and health of adolescents brings a triple dividend of benefits for the adolescent now, for their future adult lives, and for the next generation.
October 2019

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