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August 2013   Making Evidence Work
 
 
Call for proposals
 

3ie is inviting applications for proposal preparation grants under our Agricultural Innovations grant programme. The studies will inform rigorous evidence on what
works in agricultural innovation in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa in the areas
of knowledge transfer, contractual arrangements, adoption, and soil health. Priority questions are to be addressed in the context of impact evaluations of interventions funded by the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and International Fund
for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Apply by 23:59 EST, 16 August 2013.
Read more   Download RFP

3ie is also accepting proposals for Systematic Reviews around seven policy-relevant questions on the impact of development interventions in the areas of agriculture, climate change and property rights and land policy in low- and middle-income countries. Applications will only be accepted through 3ie's Online Application System. Apply by 16:30 IST (GMT+5½), 30 August 2013. Read more   Download RFP

See 3ie's new guidance on writing a successful systematic review application.

 

Call update

 

Replication Window 2: We have awarded five preliminary replication grants on urban housing and development, governance and health.

Policy Window 2: We have commissioned a four-year impact evaluation of Breakthrough's (a global human rights organisation) school-based gender mobilisation campaign in Haryana, India.

We have also awarded grants for the preparation of a design proposal for the impact evaluation of NEPAD's e-Africa programme's e-School initiative, Center Interbilim and Legacy International's peace-building methodology LivingSidebySide in Kyrgyzstan.

Applications received for the position of expert advisor to SINERGIA, Colombia, are under review.

Thematic Window 2 Phase I: We have awarded six grants to teams conducting formative research related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions using oral HIV self-tests in 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.

Thematic Window 3: We have awarded five grants to teams implementing pilot interventions and conducting impact evaluations of those interventions to increase demand for voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention.

 
Evidence from 3ie studies
 

A recently completed replication study on 'The power of TV: cable television and women's status in rural India' by Robert Jensen and Emily Oster confirms the original research results, but uses alternative perspectives on the research to clarify the underlying story. Re-examination of the female autonomy index and a closer look at heterogeneous outcomes reveal variations in how television viewing affects the study population. The research finds cable television access increased female autonomy for educated women and households that do not own televisions. In other words, a community coming together to watch television programmes was found to be more influential on female autonomy than mere television ownership.

 
Publications
 

Impact Evaluation Report: A rapid assessment randomised-controlled trial of improved cookstoves in rural Ghana. This study evaluated the impact of an improved wood cookstove on changes in fuel use, exposure to smoke and self-reported health in the upper west region of Ghana. Results show that the treatment group used less fuelwood than the control group, but the difference was not statistically significant. There were no detectable reductions in a household's weekly time gathering wood or in exposure to carbon monoxide. Overall, the new stoves were not successful. Download report

 
Events
 
'Impact evaluation: Can we learn more? Better?', a conference held jointly by 3ie and the Center for Global Development in July, reflected on what impact evaluations have achieved. Have the initiatives worked in improving the supply and use of high-quality evidence from impact evaluations? Read more  Download videos  Photographs

Hugh Waddington, 3ie senior evaluation officer, participated in a panel discussion 'Beyond Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- a new development agenda?', at the London International Development Centre Bi-Annual Conference. Download video
 
Recommended reading
 
Investments in early child development are sometimes questioned on the grounds that children not benefitting from such programmes 'catch up', that is, the early benefits disappear over time. But is there really catch up? Paul Tough's How Children Succeed documents many programmes in the United States which do have a lasting effect on how well children do later in life. What about in developing countries? Two recent studies support the finding of long-run gains from early childhood interventions. Barham et al. (2013) examined children ten years after their families had benefitted from a conditional cash transfers in Nicaragua. Children exposed up to the second year of life (including those exposed in utero) had significantly higher cognitive scores than those exposed at an older age. Another recent study shows these gains to be sustained even later in life: Jamaicans whose parents had participated in patenting classes had 42 per cent higher earnings (Gertler et al., 2013).
 
New blogs from 3ie
 
The importance of buy-in from key actors for impact evaluations to influence policy We need to move beyond dissemination and adopt strategies that include ongoing communication and active engagement with key actors, says Howard White.

Moving impact evaluations beyond controlled circumstances The scale and complexity of the Millennium Villages Project has posed challenges for evaluators. Thomas de Hoop discusses how the limitations of the project's evaluation design are being addressed and the wider implications for policy.
 
3ie jobs
 
Senior Evaluation Specialist - Governance, Politics, and Peacebuilding, Washington, DC: The Senior Evaluation Specialist will be supporting new programmes for producing impact evaluation evidence. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Senior Evaluation Specialist - HIV/AIDS, Washington, DC: The specialist will help manage 3ie's HIV/AIDS activities, communicate and negotiates directly with funders and represents 3ie to high-level policymakers in national and international HIV/AIDS agencies. This is a high priority position and suitable candidates are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience.

Senior Evaluation Specialist, New Delhi: The specialist lead on the management and implementation of 3ie's grant windows and provide technical support to 3ie-funded research, among several other tasks.

Impact Evaluation Specialist, New Delhi: The specialist will provide high-level technical oversight, management and support for multiple impact evaluations.

Programme Associate, New Delhi: The associate will assist in the monitoring and management of 3ie's grants and grant windows. Apply by 16 August, 2013.

Survey Firm: 3ie is looking for a survey firm to assist with an impact evaluation of FINO PayTech in India. Apply by 20 August, 2013.
 
Other announcements
 
Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture, call for impact evaluation of Bt Cotton. Apply by 15 August, 2013

Innovations for Poverty Action Global Financial Inclusion Initiative call for expressions of interest. Apply by 23 August, 2013.

Global Development Network (GDN) invites expressions of interest for its annual Global Research Competition. Several grants of up to US$ 32,000 will be awarded for the most significant and interesting cross-country/inter-regional research studies. Apply by 20 September, 2013. Read more

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) requests tenders for a framework agreement for evaluation of the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education (NORHED). Apply by 23 September, 2013. Read more

Impact Evaluation Network (IEN) at the Latin American and the Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) call for papers to be presented at the Seventh Annual meeting in Peru. Deadline: 26 August, 2013.

Systematic Review training videos from Campbell Collaboration: Introductory Methods   Advanced Methods

Namati is hiring a Director of Research and Evaluation in Washington, DC. The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction is offering a course on Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation: Advanced course, 12-16 August, 2013 in Mozambique.

The Claremont Evaluation Center, California, is offering a Professional Workshop Series in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods, 25-30 August, 2013. Online courses available.

The Australasian Evaluation Society annual conference, 4-6 September, 2013. Registration closes 26 August, 2013

MAER Net Colloquium, Greenwich, UK, 5-7 September, 2013.

4th Biennial South African Conference on Monitoring and Evaluation, 16-20 September, 2013.

Cochrane Collaboration Colloquium, Quebec, 19-23 September, 2013.
 
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