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Call for applications / proposals
 



CABI seeks applications from researchers for the impact evaluation of its Plantwise programme in various countries. The first study will be in Kenya and will examine the programme's effect on capacity building, institutional change, farmer behaviour and agricultural productivity. Apply by June 15, 2013. Read more  Download RFQ

 

RFQ Pre-announcements

 

We will issue a RFP for systematic reviews in June 2013.

A grant programme on agricultural innovation in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa will be launched in June 2013. 3ie will issue RFQs for 6-8 research teams to work with Alliance for the Green Revolution for Africa (AGRA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to identify and design a number of impact evaluations to address priority questions for promoting agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Read more

 
Call update
 

Thematic Window 2 Phase I: We have awarded five grants to teams conducting formative research related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions using HIV oral self-tests in the Republic of Kenya. The research will inform the design of HIV self-test pilot interventions to be implemented and evaluated using rapid impact evaluations under Phase II of the window. We expect all research to be complete by late fall, when it will be publicly disseminated.

Thematic Window 3: We have received twenty proposals aimed at generating evidence on demand creation strategies for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV prevention in 14 priority countries in eastern and southern Africa. We expect to fund at least eight grants for up to $200,000 to implement demand creation interventions and conduct impact evaluations of those interventions.

Replication Window 2: Eight applications received are under review. We expect to announce the awards in June.

As part of our Policy Window we have awarded a grant for the preparation of a design proposal for the impact evaluation of Magic Bus Foundation's Sports in Girls' Education Programme and a grant for the impact evaluation of Kulika's Creative Capacity Building Programme in Uganda. Applications received for the impact evaluation of Community Advocacy Fora (Barazas), Uganda; LivingSidebySide, Kyrgyzstan; NEPAD e-Africa programme's e-School initiative are under review. The evaluation of FINO PayTech's Electronic Benefits Transfer Project, Chhattisgarh, India, is being led by the 3ie Evaluation Office in conjunction with local consultants.

 

Bursaries available to attend the Cochrane Colloquium

 

We are offering 5 bursaries for nationals of low- and middle-income countries to attend the Cochrane Colloquium, 19-23 September, 2013 on Better Knowledge for Better Health / Un meilleur savoir pour une meilleure santéo. The colloquium will take place in Quebec, Canada. Apply by 17.00 GMT, July 3, 2013. Read more

 
Evidence from 3ie studies
 

Do conditions in cash transfer affect school enrolment? A new systematic review finds that the stricter the conditions attached to cash transfers than the greater the impact of children being in school. Read more

In Kenya, literacy instruction programme improved educational attainment but intermittent screening and treatment (IST) for malaria had no effect on health or education. The study argues that IST should not be implemented in settings with low to moderate malaria transmission. Schools can, however, be used as screening platforms for targeted community control. The findings are relevant for Kenyan government's national malaria programme. Read more

Crop insurance has greater uptake when benefits are communicated to influential farmers and village leaders through social networks. A study in rural China shows that insurance uptake increases when premium costs are shared by communities and when farmers are offered a menu of contracts as opposed to a single contract. The People's Insurance Company of China, the largest insurance firm in the country, is now piloting a new insurance product in Jiangxi province based on the findings of this study. Read more

An impact evaluation of an inventory credit scheme implemented by the National Programme Coordinating Unit (NPCU) at Ministry of Agriculture, Sierra Leone led to a programme redesign. NPCU now plans to continue monitoring uptake and product usage in targeted communities. Read more

A quasi-experimental evaluation of 70 y más, a pension programme of the Ministry of Social Development in Mexico recommended stronger collaboration between 70 y mas and the public health sector. This led to the creation of a joint commission between Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Health for follow-up and future design of the pension programme to improve health care access for the elderly. Read more

 
Publications
 

In the last three years, 3ie has made strides in bridging the evidence gap and influencing policy across the globe. Evaluating Impact, Improving Lives: Annual Report 2013 charts the growth of the organisation. Download report

An impact evaluation of a preschool programme in Mozambique showed improved child development outcomes and increased enrolments. The programme is being scaled up in 600 villages across the country. Preschool education has now been incorporated in Mozambique's national education strategy. Download study report

Do subsidies improve access to malaria prevention treatments like Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) and insecticide-treated nets? 3ie Policy Highlights Netting Malaria: to subsidise or not subsdise points to a trade-off between access and affordability. It draws attention to the issue of efficient targeting of ACTs since treatment of those not affected by malaria can cause resistance to anti-malarials. Read more

 
Video / Podcast
 

3ie Public Lecture on Learnings from evidence-based development by Chris Whitty and Howard White. Download video   Read more

Phil Davies talks about the importance of timing for researchers wanting to engage and inform policymakers Getting evidence into policy: the barriers and how to overcome them. Download video Part I  Part II

Jyotsna Puri speaks on Attribution of results through impact evaluations of humanitarian assistance at the 28th ALNAP meet. Download podcast

Our researchers recently participated in the M&E Roundtable series on Systematic Reviews organised by CLEAR South Asia and the Community of Evaluators in New Delhi. Download video

 

Upcoming events

 

Delhi seminar

Prof. Anup Malani, University of Chicago, will speak on, An evaluation of the impact of expanding Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna: a field experiment in Karnataka, June 14, 3.30-5.00 pm.

Marc Shotland and Jim Berry of J-PAL will be presenting the findings from a 3ie-supported study on, The impact of mother literacy and participation program on child learning, June 21, 3.30-5.00 pm.

Rachel Glennerster, ED, J-PAL Global, will present the results from a 3ie-supported study on Age at Marriage, Women's Education, and Mother and Child Outcomes in Bangladesh on July 16, 3.30-5.00 pm.

3ie-LIDC seminar

Janice Tripney of EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, will be speaking on The trouble with technical and vocational education and training (TVET): some limitations of the technical and vocational education and training literature from low- and middle-income countries, June 20, 5.30-7.00 pm.

 
Recommended Reading
 

A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptations by Tim Magee (Foreword by Howard White) illustrates how including community members in project design and management leads to long-lasting, successful achievement of development and adaptation goals.

Who Counts? The Power of Participatory Statistics edited by Jeremy Holland (Afterword by Robert Chambers) demonstrates that participatory methods can yield more accurate responses than asking community leaders or individual households about a whole range of issues, from cropping patterns to power relations.

The latest issue of Journal of Development Effectiveness features a paper on impact evaluation design for the Millennium Villages project in Northern Ghana. The paper on Effects of the Frontiers Prevention Project in Ecuador on sexual behaviours and sexually transmitted infections amongst men who have sex with men and female sex workers: challenges on evaluating complex interventions is available for download. Read more

 
3ie Impact Blog
 

Do implementing challenges run impact evaluations into the ground? Déo Gracias-Houndolo and Jyotsna Puri go through 3ie-supported studies to answer the question.

Waiting for Allah: the case for impact evaluations in humanitarian assistance The impact of disaster relief cannot be measured by counting the number of vaccines delivered, shelters constructed, or plump nut packages air dropped, says Jyotsna Puri.

Is impact evaluation of any use to project beneficiaries? It's time we address the ethical issue of how those being researched will benefit from the research, says Howard White.

What is true impact? Most impact evaluations do not measure the true impact of development programmes, says Howard White.

When will the press ever learn? The press is wrong to blame the police for not investigating crimes, says Howard White.

Impact evaluation databases: Can you find everything you're looking for? 3ie's currently static IE database is set to emerge as a dynamic Register of Impact Evaluation Published Studies (RIEPS), a repository of every published impact evaluation study in international development, says Drew Cameron.

Crime reduction in the UK: evidence based policy in action? Is the reduction in crime in the UK an example of evidence-based policy in action, asks Howard White.

Placing economics on the science spectrum Benjamin Wood makes the case for replication studies in the light of errors found in Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff's research on national debt and GDP growth.

Home street home: what works for improving the lives of street children On International Day for Street Children, Esther Coren and Birte Snilstveit call for more evidence on ways to address the needs of street children.

 
Jobs / funding / events
 

Gender Innovation Lab call for expressions of interest for the impact evaluation of their projects. Apply by July 8, 2013.

Impact Evaluation Specialist, 3ie, New Delhi

Monitoring and Evaluation Director, One Acre Fund

Impact Evaluation Specialist, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Research Assistants, World Development Report 2015, World Bank

Manager, Performance Management and Effectiveness, Children's Investment Fund Foundation

Canadian Evaluation Society conference, June 9-12, 2013

Systematic review workshop on qualitative approaches to evidence synthesis, June 10-11, 2013

Policy conference: Evidence on innovations in savings and payment, June 24-25, 2013

Sri Lanka Evaluation Association: Evaluation for Change Conference, July 24-27, 2013

 
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