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February 2014   Making Evidence Work
 
 
Current funding opportunity
 

Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Thematic Window: Request for qualifications We have recently launched the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Thematic Window with a call for qualifications from institutes or consortia to demonstrate capacity to design impact evaluations on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD/REDD+) activities or early warning systems that can reduce losses from disasters. The deadline for applications is 17 March 2014. Read more    Download RFQ

 

Funding pre-announcements

 

Demining: Request for proposals
On 18 February, we will launch a call for proposals for an impact evaluation of demining programmes in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Evaluation Office. This initiative is part of a global review of UNDP's support to demining programmes. The evaluation will have a number of components under review, including the design of demining programmes, their implementation, policy influence of UNDP and the impact of demining on socio-economic outcomes. Read more

Micro-Agricultural Financial Institutions of South Africa scheme: Request for qualifications
On 13 February, we will invite qualifications from institutions for impact evaluation of the Micro- Agricultural Financial Institutions of South Africa (MAFISA) scheme implemented by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Government of South Africa.

Land Restitution Programme in South Africa: Request for qualifications
On 13 February, we will invite qualifications from institutes or consortia to demonstrate capacity to design impact evaluations of the restitution programme in South Africa implemented by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), Government of South Africa.

Humanitarian Assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Request for qualifications
We will also invite qualifications from institutes or consortia for impact evaluations of humanitarian assistance interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Selected research teams will evaluate humanitarian interventions in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, and multisectoral programming. Read more

 
Bursaries and scholarships
 

We are offering five bursaries to nationals residing in low- and middle-income countries to attend the Campbell Collaboration Colloquium at Belfast, 16-19 June. The deadline for applications is 17 February. Read more

We are providing a full scholarship for the University of East Anglia (UEA) course on Impact Evaluation for Evidence-Based Policy in Development and three full scholarships for the short course on Beyond Surveys and Experiments: Other Approaches to Impact Evaluation. The courses will be held between 13 June and 11 July and 16-20 June 2014 respectively. Please apply directly to UEA by 14 March.

 
Grant and programme updates
 

HIV/AIDS Treatment Cascade Evidence Programme: Expert Task Force Meeting 2.0
On 23 January, our HIV/AIDS programme team hosted the second expert task force meeting in Washington (the first was in Cape Town in conjunction with the ICASA conference in December) to solicit ideas on addressing the HIV/AIDS treatment cascade through our new grant programme. Discussions focused on promising interventions in the treatment cascade requiring further evaluation and potential indicators for measurement. Participants included the World Bank, government representatives from USAID and the US Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, and project implementers, such as Management Sciences for Health, FHI 360, ICF International and Population Council. The brainstorming sessions will inform our scoping work as we prepare to launch the programme and calls for proposals later this year.

Proposal preparation awards
Proposal preparation grants were awarded to the Population Council for an impact evaluation that will analyse the impact of removing user fees on universal health coverage in eastern, central and southern Africa and the Institute for Financial Management and Research for designing an impact evaluation of a programme that aims to reduce maternal and neo-natal mortality in Kerala, India.

Humanitarian Assistance grant programme
3ie has commissioned two studies in preparation for the launch of the Humanitarian Assistance grant programme. Evidence Aid is working on a scoping study to identify priority questions for evaluations in the humanitarian sector. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, together with our Evaluation Office, are reviewing methodologies to conduct impact evaluations in the humanitarian sector.

 
Successful policy engagement
 

Empowering voters with information The Ministry of Rural Development in India is working with a researcher from a 3ie-funded study of voter education to make information on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) publicly accessible. This initiative follows on the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) study, which showed the importance of information campaigns in improving public service delivery. Read more about the study

 
Evidence from 3ie-supported systematic review
 

Does land titling help improve agricultural and livelihood outcomes outcomes for smallholder farmers in low- and middle-income countries?
A 3ie-supported systematic review synthesises both impact evaluations and qualitative evidence, which suggests that while there appears to be positive benefits on agricultural productivity to those benefiting from land titling.  Most studies, in particular impact evaluations, have not attempted to answer questions on the benefits and disadvantages. The review provides recommendations on how to improve the evidence base to make more balanced assessments about the potential for such policies to improve lives of people in rural areas. Download study

 
Publications from 3ie-supported studies
 

Effect of Cheeranjivi Yojana on institutional deliveries and neonatal and maternal outcomes in Gujarat, India: A difference in differences analysis, Manoj Mohanan, Sebastian Bauhoff, Gerard La Forgia, Kimberly Singer Babiarz, Kultar Singh, Grant Miller, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Article ID: BLT.13.124644, 9 December 2013.

The impact of Oportunidades on human capital and income distribution in Mexico: A top-down/bottom-up approach, Darío Debowicz, Jennifer Golan, Journal of Policy Modeling, Volume 36, Issue 1, January–February 2014, pp. 24-42.

 
Other recommended readings
 

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half Truths and Total Nonsense by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton is a brilliant exposition of evidence-based management. There are examples of how evidence has been used in business, such as Yahoo conducting impact evaluations in one hour, and Cisco making money from mergers, although 80 per cent of mergers destroy shareholder value. Pfeffer's latest, Power: Why Some People Have it and Others Don't is an evidence-based analysis of how successful people become successful. Intelligence is over-rated, and performance often has little to do with pay and promotion. Networking, attention to detail and hard work are what matter.

Evidence gap maps are a new addition to the tools available to support evidence-informed policy making. They enable policymakers and practitioners to explore the findings and quality of the existing evidence and facilitate informed judgment and evidence-based decision-making in international development policy and practice. Evidence gap maps – a tool for promoting evidence-informed policy and prioritizing future research, a paper co-authored by Birte Snilstveit, Martina Vojtkova, Ami Bhavsar of our Systematic Review team provides an introduction to evidence gap maps.

Impact of Qualified Worker Emigration on Poverty: A Macro–Micro-Simulation Approach for an African Economy a paper co-authored by Eric Djimeu, one of our evaluation specialists, assesses the effects of international emigration of skilled workers on poverty in an African economy. The study shows a strong impact of migration on productivity -- positive in the case of unskilled migration, and negative in the case of skilled migration. On current trends, the negative effects of skilled emigration on productivity seem to be more important than the combined positive effects. The combined positive effects are due to increased productivity from unskilled emigration and remittances transfers. The study highlights the need for a coordinated management of North–South migratory flows as an important factor in any international agenda for poverty reduction.

The latest issue of the Journal of Development Effectiveness features papers on impact of cash and in-kind transfers on poverty in Mexico, a case study of the Bolsa Familia programme in addition to other papers. One of the papers, Getting teachers back to the classroom: A systematic review on what works to improve teacher attendance in developing countries is available for free download.

 
New blog posts
 

Evidence Matters, our new blog site, is teeming with new ideas. For instance, Can we bridge the gap between monitoring and evaluation? Why are evaluators ignoring low programme uptake? How civil society are playing crucial roles in the fight to achieve an AIDS-free generation, and what 3ie is doing to increase climate change evidence. Visit the blog site to subscribe and view our posts.

 
Upcoming 3ie events
 

3ie-LIDC London seminar, 12 February, Male circumcision for HIV prevention: from evidence to action, Speaker: Helen Weiss, London School of Health and Tropical Medicine

3ie Delhi seminar, 21 February, Social audits and Mahatma Gandhi national Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) delivery: Lessons from Andhra Pradesh, Speaker: Farzana Afridi, Indian Statistical Institute

3ie-IFPRI Washington seminar, 27 February, More schooling and more learning? Effects of a three-year conditional cash transfer program in Nicaragua after 10 years, Speaker: John Malluccio, Middlebury College

 
3ie jobs
 
Consultant, Evidence for Peace Initiative, Washington, DC: The consultant will develop a guidance note on the challenges of and solutions to identifying and measuring a counterfactual in fragile and conflict-affected settings.

Consultant, Evidence for Peace Initiative, Washington, DC: The consultant will develop a gap map of impact evaluation evidence related to interventions in fragile and conflict-affected settings.

Consultant, HIV/AIDS Treatment Cascade Evidence Programme, Washington,DC: The consultant will undertake scoping activities and develop an evidence gap map on HIV/AIDS treatment cascade. (Please check here for the ToR)

Senior Evaluation Specialist - Governance, Politics, and Peacebuilding, Washington, DC: The senior evaluation specialist will be supporting new programmes for producing impact evaluation evidence.

Senior Evaluation Specialist, Evaluation Office, New Delhi: The senior specialist will manage grant windows and provide technical support to 3ie-funded research, among several other tasks.

Evaluation Specialist, Evaluation Office, New Delhi: The specialist will provide high-level technical oversight, management and support for multiple 3ie-funded impact evaluation studies.
 
 
Other announcements
 

Call for evaluation of Sightsavers' Promoting Quality Ophthalmology project in East Africa. Deadline for expressions of interest: 21 February. Read more

Call for proposals for the evaluation of the Accountability in Tanzania (AcT) Programme. Deadline for proposals: 8 March. Read more

East Africa Social Science Translation: Visiting Scholars Application. Read more

Evaluations that make a difference: Call for evaluation stories. Read more

Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2014: Call for papers. Deadline for submission: 21 February. Read more

PEGNet conference on 'Employment strategies in the developing world': Call for papers. Read more

Registration is open for the Campbell Collaboration Colloquium 2014, to be held 16-19 June at Belfast.

Job opening: Extended Term Consultant – Nigeria Impact Evaluation Implementation Coordinator, Development Impact Evaluation, World Bank, Washington, DC

Center for International Development, University of Bologna, Summer course on evaluation. Read more

 
Stay connected to 3ie
 

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) funds impact evaluations and systematic reviews that generate high quality evidence on what works in development and why. Evidence on development effectiveness can help improve policy and improve the lives of the poor.

 

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