Grantee Inception Workshop

3ie hosted an inception workshop for nine research teams that were awarded provisional grants to prepare proposals for rigorous impact evaluations under 3ie's fifth thematic window on REDD/REDD+ programmes and early warning systems in Sub-Saharan and North Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

This is 3ie’s second inception workshop for research teams to ensure that the impact evaluations we fund are relevant to policy and programmatic decision-making. Getting the research questions right is a critical component of this and a central goal of the workshop.

The workshop was held on 2-3 September, 2014 at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines. This workshop preceded the Making Impact Evaluation Matter conference, an international conference on impact evaluations and systematic reviews that took place on 3-5 September in Manila.

All teams were represented by at least one researcher and one staff member from an implementing agency, either from the government or a relevant NGO. Click here to read more about the nine provisional grants awarded to prepare rigorous impact evaluation proposals.

This is 3ie’s second inception workshop for research teams to ensure that the impact evaluations we fund are relevant to policy and programmatic decision-making. Getting the research questions right is a critical component of this and a central goal of the workshop.

Aims of the workshop

  • To develop and discuss a theory of change and set of rigorous and policy-relevant research questions; 
  • To communicate 3ie’s standards on high-quality impact evaluations, including evaluation, programmatic, and policy aspects; 
  • To communicate 3ie’s view on value-for-money and financial reporting for preparation grants; and 
  • To learn about what is required for an effective preparation grant period.

Overview of the workshop

At this grantee inception workshop, teams were given an overview of theories of change. Researchers took part in a session on stakeholder engagement, while representatives from implementing agencies were introduced to the basics of impact evaluation design.

Each team made a joint presentation, both researchers and implementing agency staff, on their project. These presentations covered the context, policy relevance of the research, the intervention activities and theory of change assumptions, the evaluation questions, identification strategy, and key assumptions for sample size calculations. Feedback, both written and verbal, was provided to each team after these presentations and next steps were identified.

About 3ie’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Thematic Window

In January 2014, 3ie invited submissions of qualifications to be considered for grants to prepare proposals for rigorous impact evaluation designs related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Thematic window preparation grants allow the recipient to collaborate with researchers in relevant countries on the design of one or more impact evaluations of the participating implementing agencies’ development interventions. These grants cover costs associated with these activities, which may include engagement with the relevant implementing agency, site visits, formative data collection and analysis, preliminary checking of administrative data and piloting surveys.

The preparatory phase also needs to ensure buy-in and support for the study by in-country programme staff of the implementing agency.

To know more about the 3ie’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Thematic Window, click here.

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