3ie-Funded Impact Evaluations

The 3ie-funded Impact Evaluation database contains all ongoing and completed studies that 3ie has funded in part or in total.

The database includes summaries of the impact evaluations as well as links to a host of related reports, publications and briefs.

3ie has so far funded over a 100 impact evaluations of development programmes in low- and middle-income countries. The studies evaluate interventions spread across a range of sectors related to social and economic development. These include: agriculture and rural development; economic policy; education; energy; environment and disaster management; finance; governance and management of public goods; health and nutrition; humanitarian relief; social protection; transportation, urban development; and water and sanitation.

The impact evaluations are being carried out in low- and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (including East and West Africa) ; Latin America and the Caribbean; South Asia, East Asia and Pacific (including South East Asia), Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa.

3ie’s approach to the studies it funds

All studies funded by 3ie undergo a rigorous process for selection. Through the entire life cycle of the research grant, the studies also go through an intensive review process. 3ie is committed to promoting theory-based impact evaluation and putting theories of change at the centre of assessing impact. To examine along the theory of change, we promote the use of mixed-methods to make strong causal claims about not just what effects can be attributed to an intervention but also why and under what conditions they can be expected to work. Read 3ie’s principles of impact evaluation

Besides empirical rigour, 3ie strives to fund research that will be relevant to decisions made by policymakers and programme managers. Through our different funding modalities, we work to make sure that researchers interact with implementing agencies throughout the research cycle. Moreover, 3ie encourages researchers to work on effective policy engagement plans in order to ensure that evidence is used to inform policies and programmes that can go on to have an impact on the lives of the poor.

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