3ie Delhi Evidence Week 2018

As we begin celebrating our 10th anniversary, we want to thank our supporters over the past decade. As one of the events we are planning throughout the year, our two-day conference during Delhi Evidence Week will focus on what we have learned in supporting and producing effective and policy-relevant evidence that informs inclusive, equitable development.  

Our conference will feature a variety of sessions, highlighting innovations in evaluation and evidence synthesis that will be relevant to policymakers, programme managers and researchers.



3ie Delhi Evidence Week 2018

Pushing the frontiers of evaluation effectiveness and excellence: 3ie’s first decade

Venue: Sheraton New Delhi, District Center Saket, New Delhi - 110017, India

19 April, Thursday
Time Programme
9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:45 Keynote address
Varun Gauri, senior economist, development economics,  and co-head, Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit, World Bank
9:45-10:00 3ie Executive Director’s address
10:00– 11:30 Nudging and beyond: Informing policy through behavioural science
Drawing upon evidence from behavioural science in diverse sectors, this panel will explore the centrality of human behaviour with regard to policy-making. It will cover various approaches to understanding and changing behaviour as it relates to international development programming and policy.

Chair: Marie Gaarder, director, Evaluation Office and global director, Innovation and Country Engagement, 3ie
Panellists: Anand Parameswaran, co-founder, Final Mile;
Ann Elizabeth Flanagan, economist, Human Development & Corporate Programs, World Bank; 
Gloria Sclar, public health program associate, Emory University; 
Varun Gauri, senior economist, development economics,  and co-head, Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit, World Bank
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-13:15 Using evidence gap maps to inform policy and research
Evidence gap maps (EGM) are part of a larger family of systematic approaches to reviewing and synthesising evidence. They are often conducted to inform future research and facilitate strategic use of limited research funding, but they may also aim to facilitate evidence informed decision making by making existing research more accessible. This session will include short presentations from presenters involved in the production and use of evidence gap maps. They will include examples of recent EGMs and perspectives from EGM users and commissioners. This will be followed by a panel discussion focused on the emerging lessons, opportunities and challenges arising from applying systematic evidence mapping approaches to different contexts and topics, aiming to stimulate a discussion about future direction for relevant and useful EGMs.

Chair: Marie Gaarder, director of the evaluation office and global director for innovation and country engagement, 3ie
Panellists: Birte Snilstveit, senior evaluation specialist, 3ie;
Sara Pacque-Margolis, director and head of the Washington office, 3ie;
Yamini Atmavilas, India lead, gender equality MLE lead, community mobilization, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
13:15-14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 15:45 Technology in Impact Evaluations: making them bigger, better and faster
This panel will discuss how technology is being used to quality assure impact evaluations and reach marginalised and hard to reach populations and the complimentary role that technology plays in primary surveys.

Chair: Marvin Taylor-Dormond, Director General of Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank
Panellists: ​Harini Kannan, senior research manager, J-PAL, South Asia;
Kevin Rowe, Harvard School of Public Policy;
Samyuktha Kannan, MS Swaminathan Foundation, Chennai
16:00–17:30 Forging partnerships with government for evidence-informed decision making
Evidence-informed decision making involves integrating the best available research evidence into the decision-making process. This panel will discuss the importance of building trusting relationships between the government and the research community to improve access to relevant and evidence-informed policy alternatives.

Chair: Sara Pacque-Margolis, director and head of the Washington office, 3ie

Panellists: Caloy Abad Santos, assistant secretary, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines;
Christine Guwatudde Kintu, permanent secretary, office of Prime Minister, Uganda; 
Ian Goldman, deputy director general and head of evaluation and research at the South African Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and 3ie board commissioner; 
Ju-ho Lee, Professor at KDI School of Public Policy and Management and 3ie board commissioner

18:30    Reception and launch of 3ie’s synthesis report on community-driven development programmes

20 April, Friday
09:00-10-15 A match made in evidence: pairing the right designs with the right questions This panel will discuss innovations in formative research designs and the challenges and lessons learnt in implementing them to inform evaluation design. Additionally, the importance of using a gender and equity lens and qualitative research methods at the outset of evaluation planning process will also be discussed.

Chair: Monica Jain, Senior Evaluation Specialist, 3ie
Panellists: Jamila Bello-Malabu, associate, Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation;  
Sapna Desai, associate, Population Council;
Suraj Nair, research manager, IFMR Lead; 
Shruti Viswanathan, consultant, Oxford Policy Management, India
10:15- 11:45 What are we learning from high-quality systematic reviews about the effectiveness of programmes to empower women?
It has been almost 10 years since 3ie commissioned its first systematic reviews on empowerment topics. The panel will present innovations in conducting rigorous systematic reviews that draw on programme theory and mixed methods to answer questions commissioned by policymakers, as well as experiences in using findings from systematic reviews.

Chair: Anindya Chatterjee, Regional Director, Asia Regional Office, International Development Research Centre
Panellists: Beryl Leach, director and head, policy, advocacy and communications, 3ie; 
Soham Sahoo, assistant professor, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; 
Thomas de Hoop, senior researcher and co-director, International Development and Development Economics Practice Area, American Institutes for Research
11:45-12:00 Break
12:00–13:30 The role of researchers in promoting evidence use: what have we learned?
 Researchers have an important and necessary role in helping ensure that users can access, understand and use evidence they produce.  Over the past 10 years, we have gained a better sense of what to expect, what works and what is not reasonable to expect of researchers in promoting evidence use. Panelists will draw from their experiences to describe what they think has worked well or not, what has changed in understanding evidence uptake and propose priorities to optimise researchers’ contributions. 

Chair: Beryl Leach, director and head, policy, advocacy and communications, 3ie
Panelists: Hardik Shah, private secretary to the Minister of State Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India
Shagun Sabarwal, associate director of Policy and Training, J-PAL South Asia
13:30–14:30 Lunch and closing remarks by Ruth Levine, chair, 3ie Board of Commissioners
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