Misdiagnosis and the evidence trap: a tale of inadequate program design

01 November 2018
Author: Marie Gaarder, Vibecke Dixon

Imagine you wake up tomorrow with a headache, sore throat and fever, perhaps nothing unusual at this time of the year. You drag yourself out of bed and head to your doctor to ask her for something to make you feel better. However, if you had first looked up your symptoms on the net, you would have been surprised to find that headache, sore throat and fever can be caused by 136 different conditions, among them typhoid fever, measles, and brain tumour.

Measuring open defecation behaviour in India

29 October 2018
Author: Anmol Narain

Open defecation poses significant health risks for individuals and communities across the globe. The practice affects vulnerable populations through diseases such as diarrhoea, schistomiasis and trachoma, which often lead to stunting and malnutrition in children. It is particularly prevalent in India, which is home to 59 per cent of the 1.1 billion people in the world who practice open defecation.

Innovating to learn

18 October 2018
Author: Emmanuel Jimenez, Elizabeth M King, Ju-Ho Lee

We are in the midst of a global learning crisis.

3ie’s Agricultural Risk Insurance Evidence Programme: a structured approach to impact evaluations

08 October 2018
Author: Zeba Siddiqui

With climate change becoming a reality, agricultural productivity has suffered considerably. This has put at risk the livelihood of the majority of the world’s poor, who are dependent on agriculture and related activities. Various risk mitigation solutions such as improved seeds and drought irrigation have shown promising results, but the role of transferring risk via agricultural insurance demands deeper exploration.

How qual improves quant in impact evaluations

28 September 2018
Author: Emmanuel Jimenez

Bridging divides, be they across ethnicities, religions, politics or, indeed, genders, is never easy.  There have been many books written about them, including some that made millions – for example, John Gray’s idea that men and women come from different planets, Mars and Venus respectively, is apparently the best-selling hard cover non-fiction book ever. One shouldn’t begrudge them because the payoffs – domestic or planetary peace – are high indeed.