CDI's events programme covers the key issues of impact evaluation in international development.

Our regular CDI Seminar Series invites academics, practitioners, and other experts working on impact evaluation to explore the application of a range of approaches and designs for assessing the impact of complex development and policy interventions. The seminars aim to stimulate debate between theory, methodology and practice, and in doing so, explore new frontiers and cross-disciplinary opportunities to advance the field of impact evaluation. 

CDI events are hosted mainly in the UK at the Institute of Development Studies, Itad and the University of East Anglia. Write-ups and audio recordings of many of the events, along with short interviews with speakers, are available online.

Events

7 January 2019 - 9:00am to 11 January 2019 - 5:00pm
Gain the skills and knowledge to more effectively design impact evaluations using a contribution analysis framing.
6 December 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) aimed to demonstrate how the Millennium Development Goals could be achieved locally through an integrated approach to sustainable development. The project was first piloted in Kenya and Ethiopia, and in 2006 was launched at scale, eventually covering 14 project sites in 10 countries in Africa. The project has been controversial, and by 2010 there were significant criticisms of the evidence being used by the project’s proponents.
Speaker(s): Chris Barnett
8 November 2018 - 1:00pm
This seminar will present results on a DfID funded research study on the nature and quality of smallholder data collection by Agribusinesses in East Africa. Looking across six different value chains (leather, mangoes, livestock, dairy, tea and maize), the seminar will cover barriers and incentives for collecting more relevant data on smallholders who work with agribusinesses and their applicability towards the SDGs. The seminar will also reflect on the challenges for evaluators in engaging with stakeholder groups (such as investors and purchasing groups), the role of digital technologies making information collection easier, and how that ultimately effects evaluation results.
Speaker(s): Peter O'Flynn, Seife Ayele
21 June 2018 - 12:30pm
On the 21st June 2018, the Centre for Development Impact and the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme will host a roundtable session to discuss how evaluations can be relevant for assessing interactions among the Sustainable Development Goals.
4 June 2018 - 9:00am to 8 June 2018 - 5:30pm
This course builds on the deep historical experience with participatory methods that IDS has pioneered and nurtured, and shares new frontier methods for quality implementation of participatory processes at scale (with large numbers of people and across broader geographical space) to support learning focused and complexity-aware M&E systems.
20 May 2018 - 9:00am to 25 May 2018 - 5:00pm
Equip yourself with a wide range of tools and analytical frameworks that are commonly used to evaluate complex interventions when experimental and quasi-experimental approaches are not feasible.
22 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
21 November 2017 - 4:00pm
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.
Speaker(s): Michael Anderson, Owen Barder, Claire Melamed
15 November 2017 - 3:30pm
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.
Speaker(s): Dafni Skalidou & Florian Schafer
25 October 2017 - 3:30pm
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.
Speaker(s): Barbara Befani

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