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

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
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
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
19 October 2017 - 1:00pm
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).
Speaker(s): Giel Ton
4 May 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
During this seminar, Carrie Baptist will reflect on her experiences creating and implementing global M&E systems for three of Save the Children UK’s largest business partnerships: with GlaxoSmithKline, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever.
Speaker(s): Carrie Baptist
6 April 2017 - 1:00pm
In this CDI seminar, Barbara Befani will introduce The Choosing Appropriate Evaluation Methods tool, which she has developed with Michael O’Donnell from Bond and input from experts in 11 different evaluation methods.
Speaker(s): Barbara Befani
16 February 2017 - 1:00pm
Can a mobile phone app help improve the quality of nutrition counselling? If so, how and why does it work? During our latest CDI seminar, we will explore how the innovative methodology ‘process tracing’ was used to investigate these questions.
Speaker(s): Inka Barnett (IDS) and Melanie Punton (Itad)
16 November 2016 - 3:30pm
In this seminar, a process-tracing approach is adopted to explore the policy impact of the Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (www.hancindex.org).
Speaker(s): Dolf te Lintelo

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