3ie Public Lecture: What evidence based development has to learn from evidence based medicine? What we have learned from 3ie’s experience in evidence based development

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Speaker: Chris Whitty, LSHTM & DFID Speaker: Howard White, 3ie Date and time: 15 April 2013, 5.30 - 7.00 pm Venue: John Snow Lecture Theatre A&B, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, UK Evidence-based medicine has resulted in better medical practices saving hundreds of thousands of lives across the ...

What counts as good evidence?

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

by Sandra Nutley, Alison Powelland Huw Davies,  Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU), School of Management, University of St Andrews, www.ruru.ac.uk November 2012 Available as pdf. This is a paper for discussion. The authors would welcome comments, which should be emailed to smn@st-andrews.ac.uk or Jonathan.Breckon@nesta.org.uk In brief Making better use of evidence is ...

Evidence of the effectiveness of evidence?

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Heart + Mind? Or Just Heart? Experiments in Aid Effectiveness (And a Contest!) by Dean Karlan 05/27/2011 | 4:00 pm Found courtesy of @poverty_action RD comment: There is a killer assumption behind many of the efforts being made to measure aid effectiveness - that evidence of the effectiveness of specific aid ...

Learning how to learn: eight lessons for impact evaluations that make a difference

Friday, April 15th, 2011

ODI Background Notes, April 2011. Authors: Ben Ramalingam "This Background Note outlines key lessons on impact evaluations, utilisation-focused evaluations and evidence-based policy. While methodological pluralism is seen as the key to effective impact evaluation in development, the emphasis here is not methods per se. Instead, the focus ...

Behavioral economics and randomized trials: trumpeted, attacked and parried

Friday, March 25th, 2011

This is the title of a blog posting by Chris Blattman, which points to and comments on a debate  in the Boston Review, March/April 2011 The focus of the debate is an article by Rachel Glennerster and Michael Kremer, titled Small Changes, Big Results:  Behavioral Economics at Work in Poor Countries "Behavioral ...

Five challenges facing impact evaluation

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

[from NONIE Meeting 2011 website, posting by Howard White] "There has been enormous progress in impact evaluation of development interventions in the last five years. The 2006 CGD report When Will be Ever Learn? claimed that there was little rigorous evidence of what works in development. But ...

Learners, practitioners and teachers Handbook on monitoring, evaluating and managing knowledge for policy inluence

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Authors: Vanesa Weyrauch, Julia D´Agostino, Clara Richards Date Published: 11 February 2011 By CIPPEC. Available as pdf Description: The evidence based policy influence is a topic of growing interest to researchers, social organizations, experts, government officials, policy research institutes and universities. However, they all admit that the path from the production of ...

Nature Editorial: To ensure their results are reproducible, analysts should show their workings.

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

See Devil in the Details, Nature, Volume:470, Pages: 305–306 , 17 February 2011. How many aid agencies could do the same, when their projects manage to deliver good results? Are there lessons to learned here? Article text: As analysis of huge data sets with computers becomes an integral tool of research, how should ...

Impact Evaluation Conference: “Mind the Gap”: From Evidence to Impact

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Date: June 15-17 2011 Venue: Cuernavaca, Mexico Each year billions of dollars are spent on tackling global poverty. Development programs and policies are designed to build sustainable livelihoods and improve lives. But is there real evidence to show which programs work and why? Are government and donor policies ...