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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

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

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

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. Making the most of your logical framework and indicators This resource guide will provide an introduction to: the principles of a logframe; the structure and logic of a logframe; suggestions for developing indicators; means of verification, assumptions and risks.

IDS , University of Edinburgh and CDI November 2019

Upcoming events

13 January 2020 - 9:00am to 17 January 2020 - 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.
16 September 2019 - 9:00am to 20 September 2019 - 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.
23 May 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
ISEAL, the global membership association for credible sustainability standards, will explain the role of impact evaluation in the institutional architecture of credible certifications (internal control systems, third-party verification, control on control). What type of evidence is needed to make certifications credible, what are ISEAL’s requirements to certification bodies in relation to monitoring and impact evaluation?About the speaker
Speaker(s): Joshua Wickerham

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Latest blog posts

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
Philip Mader, Richard Jolly, Maren Duvendack , Solene Morvant-Roux

The three new Laureates deserve the prize in economics in memory of Alfred Nobel. But the award shows how poor the modern economics discipline is in terms of gender equality, research methods, self-examination, and genuine insight into the lives of the poor.

October 2019
Giel Ton
Certification systems, like Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and organic agriculture are crucial social capital in the food system. They need to show that they are credible. Therefore, a large part of published research on sustainability in food production concerns the impact of certification. The focus of this research is often to measure the effect on household income. Giel Ton argues that impact research might need to shift its focus to explore new policy options within the certification process, looking at crucial elements of the certification process that need to be improved to remain relevant and credible, especially ways to improve the cash premium and way to reach living wages for workers.
August 2019

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