Evidence Double-check

3ie-LIDC Seminar Series ‘Replication Studies Symposium'

June 6, 2012 at 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm

Venue: John Snow Lecture Theatre part B, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Keppel Street, WC1E 7HT

Speakers:  Kunal Sen, University of Manchester, Richard Palmer-Jones, University of East Anglia, Maren Duvendack, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Discussant: Nick York, DFID

Replication Programme, aims to strengthen, and sometimes question, the credibility of evidence produced by the most influential, innovative, and controversial impact evaluations. This allows to confirm the validity of the method and the generalisability of findings. The Replication Studies Symposium in the 3ie-LIDC Seminar Series ‘What works in international development’ will feature three replication studies covering a variety of topics – the impact of colonialism, TV and modernisation, and the impact of microfinance.

The studies presented will reveal common challenges and opportunities posed by replication studies, and will be used as a departure point for a discussion, including (but not limited to) policy implications of replication studies, with DFID’s Head of Evaluation as part of the panel.


  • Kunal Sen, University of Manchester: ‘Of overhangs and legacies: re-examining the impacts of British Colonialism in India’
  • Richard Palmer-Jones, University of East Anglia: ‘TV and Modernisation? We don't think so.’
  • Maren Duvendack, Overseas Development Institute (ODI): ‘Replication, Reproduction and the Credibility of Micro-econometric Studies of the Impact of Microfinance and Informal Sector Borrowing in Bangladesh.’
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