The tide continues to move on mass deworming–where are we now?

In conjunction with the latest systematic review on deworming, 3ie's Benjamin Wood teamed up with Alexander Aiken to co-author their commentary 'The tide continues to move on mass deworming–where are we now?' The commentary provides a broad overview of the state of the evidence base around deworming interventions and gives four recommendations for moving forward. The commentary is one of a series published along with the systematic review in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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Published on: 05 mar 2017


How do you know if aid really works? Turns out, we often don’t

In NPR's latest article titled How do you know if aid really works? Turns out, we often don’t,  3ie's executive director Emmanuel Jimenez discusses the steady rise in impact evaluations, the limited use of resulting evidence and the need for researchers to continue working directly with policymakers. Read the article by NPR's Nurith Aizenman which includes interviews with J-PAL's Rachel Glennerster, Abhijit Banerjee and the Center for Global Development's Amanda Glassman.

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Published on: 25 jan 2017


Evidence of learning impact

This piece in the Education Times of the Times of India, India’s largest circulating newspaper, talks extensively about the launch of 3ie’s education effectiveness systematic review, the most comprehensive  review of 216 education programmes in 52 low- and middle-income countries has several major findings on what works and what doesn’t to improve key education outcomes. 3ie had launched its Education Effectiveness Review that looked at the impact of educational interventions on several learning outcomes in 52 low- and middle-income countries during the Delhi Evidence Week 2016 held on 15-16 November. 

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Published on: 02 dec 2016


Impact Evaluation Makes Good Sense -Emmanuel Jimenez's interview with Businessworld

In this interview with Neeta Mishra of Businessworld, executive director of 3ie, Emmanuel Jimenez talks about the role of impact evaluation in assisting policymakers. Emmanuel Jimenez discusses the importance of how designing and implementing policies that are meant to improve the lives of the poor do a better job if they are informed by evidence on what works, for whom and why.

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Published on: 17 nov 2016


3ie featured in The Statesman

The piece in the Independent, Computers and textbooks will not solve growing global education crisis alone, major report finds by Rachel Pells was also reproduced by the Statesman newspaper as Barely changing anything.

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Published on: 13 oct 2016


3ie featured in INDEPENDENT

3ie's new systematic review summary report, The impact of education programmes on learning and school participation in low- and middle-income countries is cited in this piece in the Independent, Computers and textbooks will not solve growing global education crisis alone, major report finds. It explores how expert analysis of global education research suggest that resources are being poorly spent on materials rather than teacher training in many lower-income countries.

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Published on: 13 oct 2016


Heard AC and Brown AN. 2016. Public readiness for HIV self-testing in Kenya. AIDS Care

Anna Heard and Annette Brown recently published a paper in AIDS Care, reviewing 5 formative research studies that 3ie funded in Kenya. The studies addressed different questions related to the usability and acceptability of HIV self-tests, as well as potential distribution points, promoting linkage to care, and potential risks associated with HIV self-testing. The results of the research informed 3 pilot studies and their impact evaluations, also funded by 3ie, the results of which will be available this year.

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Published on: 12 jul 2016


Africa: Nigeria endorses the Abuja Declaration on Evaluation


The Nigerian National Evaluation Conference, the first of its kind organised by the Nigerian Association of Evaluators (NAE), took place in Abuja between 16-19 November in Abuja. 3ie was one of the sponsors of this conference that culminated in the landmark Abuja Declaration on Evaluation, which recognises the importance of country-led monitoring and evaluation systems for the effective development of Nigeria. The conference has been the result of years of work by Nigerian evaluation specialists, stakeholders and partners towards building a platform that focuses on a collective evaluation vision for Nigeria. 3ie conducted a full day of training, ‘Impact evaluation designs and how to develop a valid theory of change’ and How does 3ie support evidence-informed policy in developing countries’ on the first day of the conference. The NAE now hopes to build a federation of bodies that works towards the professionalisation of evaluation in Nigeria by supporting the creation of a stronger demand for and supply of evaluation.

Published on: 26 nov 2015


Africa: Health Innovations Need Much More Than Research

3ie has been cited in this article which looks at what discussions emerged from the Global Forum for Research and Innovation for Health, held recently in the Philippines. The article also appeared inScidev.net and MIT News

The MacArthur Foundation has featured the grant to 3ie and also mentions the youth and transferable skills scoping paper and evidence gap map.

Helen Young, a panelist at the inception workshop for TW6 on humanitarian assistance has written an account of her participation in the workshop in a blog for the Feinstein International Centre, Tufts University, where she is a Research Director for Nutrition, Livelihoods and Conflicts.

Published on: 13 oct 2015


Online course: Systematic reviews for policy and practice

The Institute of Education, University of London is holding a 13-week online course on Systematic reviews for policy and practice: diversity, design and debate in reviews of research, 21 September – 20 December 2015. Course fee: GBP 670

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Published on: 28 jul 2015


David Miliband and Ravi Gurumurthy cite 3ie impact evaluation database in a Foreign Affairs article on improving humanitarian aid

In this Foreign Affairs article, David Miliband and Ravi Gurumurthy from the International Rescue Committee argue that evidence-based solutions create a major opportunity for donors and agencies to make humanitarian aid more effective. They cite the 3ie impact evaluation database as an important source for getting evidence on the impact of development interventions on tackling poverty in low- and middle-income countries and make a case for conducting more impact evaluations in fragile contexts.

Published on: 24 jun 2015


Mario Picon, 3ie senior evaluation specialist in a television discussion on the importance of evaluation for public policies

Mario Picon, 3ie senior evaluation specialist was part of a discussion on a national TV policy talk show, ESPIRAL on Mexico’s Canal 11. The discussion was on the importance of evaluation for public policies. His participation focused on international experiences in impact evaluation, institutional settings and the value of evidence beyond accountability, and for policy and intervention design. 

Other participants included Claudia Maldonado (director, CIDE-CLEAR), Agustin Escobar (board member, CONEVAL), Bernadette Vega (director for Registry, Monitoring, Evaluation and Dissemination of the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation for Development, AMEXID).

Published on: 23 jun 2015


Why focus on results when no one uses them? Video recording of 3ie joint session at IMF-World Bank Spring Meeting 2015

As part of the 3ie Washington Evaluation Week and IMF-World Bank Spring Meeting 2015, 3ie in association with the Independent Evaluation Group and the World Bank Group’s Governance Global Practice, hosted a session with leaders in development about producing and using evaluations and putting countries on pathways to evidence-based decision-making.

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Published on: 05 may 2015


The growth of impact evaluation for international development: how much have we learned? Paper (open access) by 3ie experts

This paper by 3ie’s Drew Cameron, Anjini Mishra and Annette Brown in the Journal of Development Effectiveness, examines data on more than thirty years of published impact evaluations from 3ie’s Impact Evaluation Repository. It analyses trends on 2,259 impact evaluations including publication rates over time, by sector, region and publication type, as well as the geographic distribution of author institutional affiliation and time lag between data collection and publication.

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Published on: 05 may 2015


Tapping into data: 3ie expert interviewed on SciDev.Net podcast

SciDev.Net's Tapping into Data podcast (1 March 2015) speaks to 3ie's Birte Sniltsveit on the evidence gap maps that have mapped large archives of academic information making them available and easy to navigate, in an effort to inform policymaking around issues such as payment for environmental studies.

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Published on: 03 mar 2015


Papers by 3ie researchers among the most downloaded in Routledge Social Sciences journals in 2014

A paper titled Better targeting of farmers as a channel for poverty reduction: a systematic review of Farmer Field Schools targeting (open access) by Daniel Phillips, Hugh Waddington and Howard White published in the Development Studies Journal is among the most downloaded papers in Routledge Social Sciences Journals in 2014.

Another paper titled Quality evidence for policymaking: I’ll believe it when I see the replication (open access) by Annette N. Brown, Drew B. Cameron and Benjamin D. K. Wood published in the Journal of Development Effectiveness is also among the most downloaded papers in Routledge Social Sciences Journals in 2014.

Published on: 03 feb 2015


3ie deputy executive director Jyotsna Puri cited in Devex

3ie deputy executive director Jyotsna Puri was cited in a article titled The logframe dilemma in Devex (20 November 2014). This article is based on the logical framework — or “logframe” — approach to planning, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes is gaining traction among the international aid community. But does this system truly work for beneficiaries?

Published on: 21 nov 2014


Ruth Levine, director of global development at Hewlett Foundation and member, 3ie board of commissioners, interviewed by SciDev.Net

"To stay relevant in a changing world, aid agencies must focus their resources on meeting low-income countries’ growing demand for data that can help them assess the impact of development activities," Ruth Levine, director of global development at Hewlett Foundation told SciDev.Net (29 October 2014) during the 3ie Evidence Week in London, 13-17 October.

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Published on: 30 oct 2014


3ie executive director Howard White honoured by the Government of Benin

Howard White was honoured with an award of distinction by the Government of Benin in London on 15 October. Aristide Djidjoho, general director of evaluation at the ministry of public policy analysis presented the award to Howard White on behalf of the president of Benin. The award was presented during the one-day colloquium of 3ie's London Evidence Week

Djidjoho spoke of White’s significant contribution towards Benin’s development as well as his role in creating a sustainable environment for undertaking impact evaluations of development programmes. He went on to add that impact evaluations are not an end, but a means for achieving effective policies. He hopes that Benin and the whole of Africa will continue to benefit from White’s experience in the field of impact evaluations and evidence-informed decision making. 

Djidjoho went on to thank Richard Manning, chair, 3ie board of commissioners and lauded 3ie’s efforts in building effective evaluation systems in several countries. He concluded by saying that through these sustained efforts in trying to strengthen public institutions, we can aim to achieve our common goals of development effectiveness.

Published on: 17 oct 2014


Media coverage of the Making Impact Evaluation Matter conference

The Making Impact Evaluation Matter conference organised by 3ie in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank and Philippine Institute for Development Studies in Manila, 1-5 September, received wide media coverage.

These include articles in the Asian Journal (3 September), Philippine Daily Inquirer (3 September),InterAkyson.com (3 September), BusinessMirror (3 September), Devex, (3 September), Devex, (4 September), Devex, (4 September), Manila Bulletin (7,September).

Published on: 07 sep 2014


Best presentation awards at the Making Impact Evaluation Matter conference announced

Awards for the best presentation at the Making Impact Evaluation Matter conference are:

Best overall presentation
1st Prashant Loyoka
2nd Abu Shonchoy
2nd Bekele Shiferaw

Best presentation by a young researcher
1st Abu Shonchoy
2nd Nigussie Abadi

Best presentation by a L&MIC researcher
1st Nigussie Abadi
2nd Altantsetseg Batchuluun
3rd Abu Hayat Md. Saiful Islam
3rd Evans Muchiri

Best Poster
1st MacCarthy Honu-Siabi
1st Desiree Manicom
2nd Drew Cameron, 3ie
3rd Martina Vojtkova, 3ie

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Published on: 05 sep 2014


3ie-supported study on student evaluation in Haryana schools featured in Business Standard

3ie-supported study on student evaluation in schools in the State of Haryana, India, titled A wide angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana was featured in Business Standard (31 August 2014), Zee news (31 August 2014), Nagaland Post (31 August 2014),  The Hindu (1 September 2014), Webindia123 (1 September 2014), India Today (31 August 2014), Veooz.com (31 August 2014),Samachar.com (31 August 2014), The News (31 August 2014). 

Published on: 31 aug 2014


16 winners in 3ie's Impact Evaluation Repository Challenge

3ie is happy to announce the winners of the Impact Evaluation Repository challenge. In the last two months, we received 97 study submissions from more than 25 people.

Of the 97 studies submitted, 63 were eligible impact evaluations and were immediately added to the Impact Evaluation Repository. Of these, 32 studies** (and one correction) were published before 2013 and should have been found in our last search (thus are eligible for our $10 Amazon.com gift certificate prizes).

These studies are invaluable in our efforts to improve our systematic search and screening protocol and provide the international development community with the most up-to-date, published impact evaluation evidence available.

We would like to sincerely thank the following people for sending their approved impact evaluation studies to the Impact Evaluation Repository. As always, we encourage you to send any published impact evaluations to database@3ieimpact.org.

Published on: 25 aug 2014


Center for Global Development blog: Welcoming 3ie's new executive director

William Savedoff of the Center for Global Development blogs on 3ie's journey from being a start-up to maturity. The appointment of Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez as the new executive director marks a transition in the organisation.

"With the transition to a new executive director, 3ie will be able to build on past success while drawing on the different qualities and depth of experience and expertise that Manny Jimenez will bring to the post," says Savedoff.

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Published on: 23 jul 2014


3ie appoints Emmanuel Jimenez as new executive director

The Chair of 3ie, Richard Manning, has announced that the 3ie Board of Commissioners has appointed Emmanuel Jimenez to succeed Howard White as the executive director of 3ie in early 2015. Dr Jimenez is currently director, public sector evaluations in the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank.

Published on: 22 jul 2014


3ie at Journées Béninoises de l’Evaluation

3ie evaluation specialists participated in the Journées Béninoises de l’Evaluation in held in Cotonou, Benin, from 30 June to 2 July. There were 300 participants from Argentina, Mexico, Canada, France, South Africa, Uganda, Togo, Niger and Benin. Representatives from institutions like the West African Development Bank, the African Development Bank, GIZ, CLEAR, UNDP, UNICEF, etc. were also present.

The event received wide media coverage.

Deo-Gracias Houndolo, 3ie Evaluation Specialist interviewed in Journal Nouvelle (134.1 KB)

Article on the Journées Béninoises de l’Evaluation (69.9 KB)

Published on: 08 jul 2014


Check out International Rescue Committee's evidence gap maps

The International Rescue Committee requests feed back on 10 gap maps that they have constructed based on systematic reviews. These gap maps are visual representation of existing evidence on topics like agricultural interventions, access to quality education, cash transfers, social and economic empowerment of women.

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Published on: 23 jun 2014


Doha evidence symposium on what works to improve youth labour productivity?

A three-day evidence symposium on what works to improve labour productivity was organised by the International Labour Organization in partnership with J-PAL, Silatech and the Arab Urban Development Institute at the Georgetown University, Doha, 6-8 March 2014.The event brought together policymakers, development practitioners, academics and researchers to present and discuss the evidence base for what works in increasing the employment and productivity of youth. Discussants shared recent findings of impact evaluations from the Middle East and North Africa and other developing regions. Participants were also introduced to evidence from systematic and literature reviews which are important for evidence-based policies.

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Published on: 04 may 2014


Paper on gender norms and women's self-help groups in Odisha, India

This paper by Thomas de Hoop, Luuk van Kempen, Rik Linssen & Anouka van Eerdewijk in the Feminist Economist looks at the relationship between participation in women's self-help groups, women's autonomy and subjective well-being in Odisha, India.

The findings suggest that while self-help group membership results in positive effects on women's autonomy, there is also evidence of negative effects on women's subjective well-being in villages with relatively conservative gender norms. Qualitative research suggests that this negative effect is associated with social sanctions after the transgression of gender norms.

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Published on: 22 apr 2014


Howard White's presentation featured on Devex

Howard White's presentation on Evidence-based policies to reduce poverty at the Independent Evaluation Group, Washington, DC, was featured in Devex (21 April, 2014). The article talks about the importance of systematic reviews in measuring the effectiveness of development programmes.

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Published on: 22 apr 2014


Data hub to promote global South’s research nears launch

3ie is part of the Global Open Knowledge Hub, an open-access digital data initiative to help increase online accessibility of development research coming from the global South and boost their decision-making influence. 
An article in Sci Dev Net on the Global Open Knowledge Hub mention's 3ie's participation in this initiative.

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Published on: 20 apr 2014


Impact evaluation: Toward a body of evidence on effective forest conservation

A three-day international workshop on Evaluating Forest Conservation Initiatives, held in Barcelona in December 2013. The workshop brought together about 40 researchers, practitioners and policymakers to discuss the complexities involved in evaluating forest conservation initiatives. Philip Davies, 3ie Deputy Director - Systematic Reviews was as the workshop. Davies has been cited in this blog by the Center for International Forestry Research.

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Published on: 17 mar 2014


When is an error not an error?

"To err is human, but to use the word 'error' in a replication study is usually not divine." Guest post on the Development Impact blog by Annette Brown, Deputy Director, Advancement and Impact Evaluation Services, 3ie, and Benjamin Wood, Evaluation Specialist for Replication, 3ie.

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Published on: 19 jan 2014


3ie enters a new phase and thank you, Howard White

Bill Saveoff of Center from Global Development applauds the achievements of 3ie under the leadership of Howard White. He also says it's time to revisit the original visions for 3ie – that all foreign aid and multilateral agencies should contribute 0.01% of their annual disbursements to 3ie in support of impact evaluation.

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Published on: 14 jan 2014


See Red Flags, Hear Red Flags, New York Times

An article by Prof Michael Greenstone of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the New York Times cites a 3ie-supported study on reforming the environmental audit system in industrial units in Gujarat.

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Published on: 11 dec 2013


The Big Picture: Evaluation of social sector programs

Howard White, 3ie Executive Director, was part of a discussion on evaluation of social sector programmes on Rajya Sabha TV with Ajay Chhibber, Director General, Independent Evaluation Office, Government of India; Thoriq Ali Luthfee, Minister of Health, Maldives and Biraj Patnaik, Principal Advisor, Right to Food in the office of Commissioners to Supreme Court. Anchor: Girish Nikam

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Published on: 28 oct 2013


The Economist, Pennies from Heaven

Two 3ie-supported studies cited in the Economist. These include Girl power: cash transfers and adolescent welfare. Evidence from a cluster-randomized experiment in Malawi, by Sarah J. Baird, Ephraim Chirwa, Jacobus de Hoop, Berk Özler and Relative effectiveness of conditional and unconditional cash transfers for schooling outcomes in developing countries: a systematic review, by Sarah Baird, Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Berk Özler, Michael Woolcock.

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Published on: 28 oct 2013


MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development, University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia is offering a one-year MSc course in Impact Evaluation in International Development. 

The course has been designed for students who are interested in designing and implementing development projects and programmes and/or in researching development effectiveness, and who need to develop and enhance their skills for undertaking high-quality rigorous impact evaluations.

3ie is offering a scholarship for this course.

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Published on: 24 sep 2013


Shelter from the storm: upgrading housing infrastructure in Latin American slums

This 3ie-supported study now has a paper in the NBER Working Paper Series.

This study evaluates the impact of a programme that provides pre-fabricated housing to members of extremely poor population groups in Latin America. Findings show that a positive effect on general well-being of the people. There is also evidence of improvement in children's health in two countries.

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Published on: 20 aug 2013


On day care and large impacts

A 3ie study on the impact of daycare in Brazil shows that it has the potential to improve household welfare especially for the poor. Household income was went up (8%), as did the labour supply of the carer (usually the mother). Children also fared better in terms of cognitive and anthropometric outcomes.

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Published on: 15 jul 2013


Impact evaluation of conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions

This paper by Marie Gaarder and Jeannie Annan argues that it is both possible and important to carry out impact evaluations even in settings of violent conflict, and it presents some examples from a collection of impact evaluations of conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions. This Policy Research Working Paper is published by the Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank.

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Published on: 24 jun 2013


Evidence from a randomized microcredit program placement experiment by Compartamos Banco

An impact evaluation of the loans offered by Compartamos, the largest microlender in Mexico shows that loan recipients grew their business revenues and expenses, were happier, more trusting, had greater household decision power, and were better able to manage liquidity and risk. However, there was little evidence that loans had an impact on building wealth like household income, business profits, or consumption.

The study adds to the evidence that microcredit is generally beneficial, but not necessarily transformative.

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Published on: 19 may 2013


Agence Française de Développement paper on evaluation of health insurance in rural Cambodia

The Research Department of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) has published the Ex Post collection of the following papers: Insuring health or insuring wealth? An experimental evaluation of health insurance in rural Cambodia and Sky impact evaluation, Cambodia, 2010, village monographs

Ian Ramage and David Levine, co-authors of these studies will be speaking at the Health Financing in Developing Countries Conference (Financement de la santé dans les pays en développement) on 27 and 28 May at AFD.

Published on: 15 may 2013


Theories of change for cash transfers

This report gathers together examples which attempt to explain how and why change happens as a result of cash transfers (CTs). It first presents a selection of theories of change about how cash transfers are expected to work in general, drawn from academic literature, and then a selection of theories as used in a few specific cash transfer programmes.

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Published on: 02 may 2013


Getting evidence into use: the barriers and how to overcome them (Part 1 & 2)

In a video interview, Phil Davies talks about the importance of timing for researchers wanting to engage and inform policymakers. He talks about 3ie GapMap as a visual and engaging tool for understanding what is known and what isn't.

In Part 2 of the video, he stresses the importance of physical access, encouraging efforts towards ensuring that policymakers are aware of, and can get hold of, the kinds of evidence that they need to make good decisions.

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Published on: 30 apr 2013


How to note: Assessing the strength of evidence

A DFID guidance note on the best ways to assess evidence in international development. It offers some rules on:

  • understanding different types of empirical research evidence
  • appreciating the principles of high quality evidence
  • considering how the context of research findings affects the way that staff may use them
  • understanding how to make sense of inconsistent or conflicting evidence

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Published on: 24 apr 2013


Watch video of 3ie Public Lecture

Theme: What evidence-based development has to learn from evidence-based medicine
Speaker: Chris Whitty
Theme: What we have learned from 3ie's experience in evidence- based development
Speaker: Howard White

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Published on: 22 apr 2013


Economics vs politics: pitfalls of policy advice

The standard approach to policymaking and advice in economics implicitly or explicitly ignores politics and political economy, and maintains that if possible, any market failure should be rapidly removed. This NBER working paper by Daren Acemoglu and James A. Robinson argues why this conclusion may be incorrect.

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Published on: 16 apr 2013


Can we end poverty?

Esther Duflo discusses a 3ie-supported study on Gujarat pollution control in an interview to Yale Insights.

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Published on: 07 apr 2013


Evaluation principles and practices: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

"The purpose of this document is to advance the Foundation’s existing work so that our evaluation practices become more consistent across the organization.We hope to create more common understanding of our philosophy, purpose,
and expectations regarding evaluation as well as clarify staff roles and available support."

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Published on: 30 jan 2013


AusAID speaks to Howard White

Howard White, 3ie Executive Director, discusses “closing the evidence gap”, randomised control trials, and the value of impact evaluation with Dereck Rooken-Smith of ODE, AusAID.

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Published on: 24 jan 2013


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