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Call for applications / proposals
 

We invite applications for an impact evaluation of the Living Side by Side, a peace building programme in Kyrgyzstan, developed by Legacy International and implemented by Center Interbilim. Apply by: 23:59 GMT, April 10, 2013. Read more   Download RFQ

We seek applications from researchers for impact evaluation of the Community Advocacy Fora (Barazas) programme in Uganda. The Barazas forums bring together government officials, local communities and public service providers to facilitate exchange of information and monitoring of public services. This programme was implemented by the office of the Prime Minister of Uganda. Apply by: 23:59 GMT, May 3, 2013. Read more   Download RFQ

Our Replication Window is inviting applications for replication of influential, innovative and controversial impact evaluations from 3ie's Candidate List. Apply by: 23:59 GMT, April 26, 2013. Read more   Download RFP

CABI seeks applications from researchers for the impact evaluation of its Plantwise programme in Kenya. Apply by: 23:59 GMT, April 30, 2013. Read more   Download RFQ

We are inviting proposals from consultants or team of consultants for evidence papers on early childhood development for the our Evidence Portal. Apply by: 23:59 EST, April 10, 2013. Download ToR

 

RFQ Pre-announcements

 

The RFP for grants under the Voluntary medical male circumcision programme will be launched mid-April. The draft RFP is now available for review and comment. Comments can be sent to TW3@3ieimpact.org by April 10, 2013. Read more   Download draft RFP

A grant programme on agricultural innovation in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa will be launched in June 2013. 3ie will issue RFPs for 16 impact evaluations and 4 systematic reviews of interventions supporting agricultural innovations in partnership with the Alliance for the Green Revolution for Africa and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.   Read more

3ie will issue a RFP for new systematic reviews in June 2013.

 
Bursary awards / scholarships
 

We are awarding 10 bursaries for applicants attending the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) Anglophone Africa course on Technical Approaches for Conducting Impact Evaluations. The course will be held June 26-July 5, 2013, in Jinja, Uganda. This is a technical course aimed at researchers and evaluators who will conduct impact evaluations. Participants are required to have Masters or final year undergraduate level statistics or econometrics, and a working knowledge of Stata, R or an equivalent statistical package. Apply by May 10, 2013. Read more

We are providing two full scholarships for a residential course on Impact Evaluation for Evidence-Based Policy in Development July 8-19, 2013, at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. Apply by April 12, 2013. Read more

 

Evidence from 3ie Studies

 

A systematic review on interventions to promote reintegration and reduce harmful behaviour among street-connected children and young people recommends the need for more services to reduce risks and marginalisation of these groups from mainstream society. The review looks at evidence from eleven studies evaluating twelve interventions of services to support street-connected children and youth in developed countries. Studies show that both therapy-based services and shelters confer similar beneļ¬ts to recipients. Read more

Findings from a study on impact of malaria control and improved literacy on educational outcomes among Kenyan school children show that malarial intervention, based on intermittent screening and treatment has no effect on health or education and is complex and costly. In contrast teacher training and support improved children's literacy and reduced dropout. Read more

A study on a youth wage subsidy experiment has been influential in shaping new policy in South Africa. It was discussed in Parliament, and received wide media coverage including in Business Day Live, Times Live and Bizcommunity.com and its findings helped inform the new policy.

 
3ie Publications
 

A scoping report on increasing demand for voluntary medical male circumcision provides an overview of interventions implemented in 14 sub-Saharan African countries. Download report

Replications under 3ie's replication programme produce a replication plan prior to starting the actual replication. The first such plan has been published, which is for the replication of a study of the impact of agricultural extension and roads. The replication study will investigate the original findings by replicating the original results, and conduct additional analysis to examine the assumptions underlying the analysis. Read more

Commitment to Evaluation, a 3ie peer learning initiative encourages sharing of information on evaluation practices of members and encourages commitment to evidence-informed policymaking. A report sums up key lessons from a pilot peer learning event at the Uganda Evaluation Week March 4-7, 2013. Download report

3ie Working Paper 18 Building on what works assesses factors that increase demand for evaluation by policymakers. It discusses strengths and weaknesses of various models for a commitment to evaluation indicator (c2e). Download paper

There is increasing evidence on the impact of development interventions but the use of this evidence in policy is limited. Working Paper 19 Promoting Commitment to Evaluate outlines ways in which a commitment to evaluation (c2e) index can be implemented. Download paper

Can water-related interventions reduce gastrointestinal infections? 3ie Policy Highlights Clean water for all: what works points to the importance of behavioural factors in determining up take and sustained adoption of water, sanitation and hygiene technologies. Read more

 

3ie Impact Blog

 

Uganda shows its commitment to evaluation: Christelle Chapoy analyses Uganda's new monitoring and evaluation policy and reports on the first Evaluation week which included a peer learning event supported by 3ie.

Tips on selling randomized controlled trials: An RCT can help ensure better targeting since eligible population is identified. In fact, it is unethical not to do an RCT if you can, says Howard White.

Collaborations key to improved impact evaluation designs: A 3ie-supported study, highlighted as best practice, at the South Asian Evaluation Conclave shows that active engagement between research teams and funding agencies can improve study design of an impact evaluation. Paromita Mukhopadhyay reports.

Of sausages and systematic reviews: making better use of existing evidence: Systematic reviews have the potential to change the culture of development policymaking. But we still have some way to go before reviews include a fuller range of evidence as standard, says Hugh Waddington.

Unraveling the opaque through impact evaluations: Impressive statistics should not be taken at face value. An impact evaluation could unravel the story behind the numbers, says Markus Olapade

 

Upcoming events

 

3ie Public Lecture
Speakers: Chris Whitty on What evidence-based development has to learn from evidence-based medicine; Howard White on What we have learned from 3ie's experience in evidence-based development.
Details: April 15, 5.30-7.00 pm at John Snow Lecture Theatre A&B, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London. Read more

Registration is on for the Campbell Collaboration annual colloquium to be held May 21-23 at Loyola University Chicago. The colloquium will bring together policymakers and researchers in the field of systematic reviews to address crucial questions relating to methodology and use of systematic reviews in the fields of international development, education, social welfare and crime and justice. Early bird registration ends April 21. Read more

 
Recommended Reading
 

An introduction to the use of randomised control trials to evaluate development interventions by Howard White discusses different designs of randomized control trials and addresses criticisms of RCTs which are mostly argued to rest on misunderstandings of the approach. Read more

Q-squared in impact assessment: A review by Paul Shaffer discusses the contribution of mixed methods to impact assessment. Read more

The latest issue of Journal of Development Effectiveness features papers by Martin Ravallion on the demand for research in the World Bank, the results of a policy brief experiment and other studies. Read more

The Initial Design Document for the independent impact evaluation of the new millennium village in Northern Ghana has been published. It sets out the conceptual approaches and methodological design for the study. 3ie is managing the peer review group responsible for reviewing the technical and scientific quality of the evaluation. Read more

 
Jobs / funding / events
 

Impact Evaluation Specialist, 3ie, New Delhi

Web Developer Consultant, 3ie, New Delhi

Inter-American Development Bank call for impact evaluation of Cure Violence programme in Trinidad and Tobago. Apply by April 18.

Evidence on innovations in financial capability, May 31-June 1, Lima

UKES Annual Evaluation Conference, April 17-18, London

The Politics of Evidence Conference, April 23-24, Brighton

 
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