Delivering Effective Development

The value of synthesised evidence

Presentation on How synthesised evidence can improve the effectiveness of sanitation, microcredit and employment guarantee programmes by Hugh Waddington, Senior Evaluation Specialist, 3ie

Panel discussion on What is the value of synthesised evidence?

Panel Chair: Howard White, Executive Director, 3ie

Panelists: A. Santhosh Mathew, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, India; Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India and Priya Nanda, Group Director –Social and Economic Development Group, International Centre for Research on Women.

Date: 21 January 2015, 2-5 p.m.

Venue: Jacaranda-II, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

This 3ie Delhi seminar was on day 3 of India Evaluation week, being held from 19-23 January in New Delhi. India Evaluation week was the first event to kick off the International Year of Evaluation 2015 (EvalYear), a global movement for strengthening the enabling environment for evaluation at the global, regional and national levels.

This Delhi seminar on 21 January focused on evidence synthesis. Rigorous evaluation evidence can contribute to effective programmes and policies for improving the lives of the poor. But for evidence-informed policymaking to be a reality, evidence needs to be drawn from all relevant research and not just single impact evaluations. Evidence needs to also be drawn from a range of disciplines for it to be truly relevant to policies and programmes. Most importantly, evidence needs to be synthesised rigorously, and not just collected and summarised. And for ensuring that evidence is used, it needs to be presented in a way that is friendly and accessible to decision makers.

In this 3ie Delhi seminar for India Evaluation week, senior evaluation specialist Hugh Waddington explained and explored three types of evidence synthesis: evidence gap maps, systematic reviews and meta-analysis. In this interactive and participatory session, he will extensively draw on synthesised evidence in the areas of microcredit, water and sanitation and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

The one hour introductory session was followed by a panel discussion on What is the value of synthesised evidence? The discussion will focus on bringing in the policymaker, practitioner and research perspectives on this overarching question.

If you would like to follow the conversation during India Evaluation Week on Twitter, please use #EvalYear.

Day 3 of the India Evaluation Week was hosted by UN Women and 3ie in association with  the National Institute of Labour Economics Research and Development (Formerly IAMR).

For more information on 3ie sessions at India Evaluation Week, click here.

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