Building peace with impact evaluations

08 August 2011
Author: Annette Brown

Since the 1990s, many multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors have expanded their peace-making and peace-keeping assistance to conflict-affected countries to include peace-building activities. The objective of these interventions is to prevent the conflict from reoccurring and return countries to a stable situation in which the economy can operate.

Evidence-based development: lessons from evidence-based management

21 July 2011
Author: Marie Gaarder

Evidence based development is treading in the footsteps of evidence-based medicine: innovating, testing, and systematically pulling together the results of different studies to see what works, where and why. Other disciplines as diverse as sports science and management have been going down the same route. Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: profiting from evidence-based management by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton contains valuable insights for practitioners of evidence-based development.

The unhappy marriage of impact evaluation and the results agenda

16 June 2011
Author: Howard White

Governments want results. Tax payers want results. Beneficiaries want results.

What if BRICS countries were committing to evaluation?

13 June 2011
Author: Marie Gaarder

Brazil, under the leadership of President Lula, has already made some headway in demanding evidence to stop spending tax payers’ money on programs that don’t work and committing to evaluation.

New UK watchdog to improve aid impact

23 May 2011
Author: Howard White

Is aid money used effectively to improve lives? Public opinion surveys in developed countries show that people are very sceptical about the benefits of aid.