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November 2014   Making Evidence Matter
 
Current funding opportunities
 

Systematic reviews Call 7

We invite proposals for systematic reviews of development interventions in the areas of women's empowerment, humanitarian interventions and rural employment programmes in developing countries. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 12 November. Read more

Policy Window 3, promoting girls' education in Benin

We invite submission of qualifications for a proposal preparation grant for the impact evaluation of an education programme for the girl child implemented by the Ministry of Secondary Education, Government of Benin. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 24 November. Read more

Policy Window Philippines, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) programmes

We invite submission of qualifications for a proposal preparation grant for the impact evaluation of youth employment and livelihood programmes implemented by DOLE, Government of Philippines. Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 7 November. Read more

Replication Window 3, HIV prevention

We invite expressions of interest from researchers to conduct internal replications of influential, innovative, or controversial impact evaluations of biomedical, behavioural, social and structural HIV prevention interventions. Internal replication refers to the reconciliation and re-analysis of the findings of an original study using the study’s raw data and perhaps also using data from different sources for the same population. We are accepting and reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Deadline for applications: 23.59 GMT, 31 May 2015. Read more

 
Funding opportunities coming soon
 

Innovations to increase immunisation thematic window: call for scoping study

We will soon issue a call for a scoping study for our new thematic window, Innovations to increase immunisation through community engagement in GAVI-eligible countries. The scoping study will include two components -- an evidence gap map To be on the mailing list for the scoping study call, please email tw10@3ieimpact.org with ‘scoping study’ in the subject line.

Policy Window Philippines proposal preparation grants to evaluate government programmes

We will soon be issuing requests for qualifications (RFQ)  for proposal preparation grants for the impact evaluation of Government of Philippines’ programmes on infrastructure, peace and development, flood control and other projects. To be on the mailing list for this RFQ, please email pwp@3ieimpact.org mentioning the programme in the subject line. Read more

 
Bursaries
 

3ie bursaries for Institute of Development Studies short course on impact evaluation design
We will be providing two bursaries for the impact evaluation design course, 20-24 April 2015. To qualify for a bursary the applicant must be a national of a low-income country and should be living and working in the country. Please check here for details. Deadline for applications: 28 November 2014.

 
New grant awards
 

Replication Window 3, HIV prevention
We have awarded the first grant to an independent consultant, Fernando Martel Garcia, for a replication study of Dupas (2011), Do teenagers respond to HIV risk information? Evidence from a field experiment in Kenya.

Systematic review awards
We have awarded a grant to Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza under Systematic Review Call 6 to undertake a systematic review on effective economic interventions to reduce mal-adaptation and vulnerability to climate change and to incentivise investments that promote climate change resilience. We have also awarded a grant to DLO-Wageningen UR for a systematic review on effective contractual arrangements to increase market power, food security, marketed surplus and net returns of small agricultural land holders.

Transparency and Accountability Thematic Window
We have awarded a grant to the Kumasi Institute of Technology, Energy and Environment for an impact evaluation of key provisions in Ghana's petroleum revenue management act (2011). Read more

Democratic Republic of Congo Humanitarian Assistance Thematic Window
We have awarded a proposal preparation grant to research teams from Rebuild Hope for Africa and MDF Afrique Centrale to design an impact evaluation of humanitarian assistance related to water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Read more

Micro Agricultural Financial Institutions of South Africa (MAFISA) Policy Window
We regret to announce that the impact evaluation of the Micro Agricultural Financial Institutions of South Africa (MAFISA) scheme funded under the Policy Window has been cancelled.

 
Successful policy engagement
 
Improving learning at schools in India: Learning outcomes across India are generally dismal. The Central Board of Secondary Education has introduced a system of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system. However, a 3ie-funded study found that CCE has had no impact on learning outcomes. But a Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) developed by the non-governmental organisation Pratham had large effect on students’ basic Hindi language skills. The Government of Haryana has now commissioned a detailed review of the CCE. Pratham has used the results from this evaluation to expand LEP in the states of Jharkhand, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. Read more

 
New 3ie systematic reviews published
 

Farmer field schools for improving farming practices and farmer outcomes in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review
Farmer field schools (FFS) are used to transfer specialist knowledge, promote skills and empower farmers around the world. At least 10 million farmers in 90 countries have attended FFS. Statistical meta-analysis shows that FFS projects are beneficial in improving intermediate outcomes relating to knowledge learned and adoption of beneficial practices, as well as final outcomes relating to agricultural production and farmers’ incomes. However, the evidence of positive effects on agricultural outcomes is limited to short-term evaluations of pilot programmes. In the few examples where FFS projects have been scaled up, the evidence does not suggest they have been effective in improving agricultural outcomes among participating farmers or neighbouring non-participants. The effectiveness of scaled-up interventions has been hampered by problems in recruiting and training appropriate facilitators at scale. Read more


The effect of microcredit on women’s control over household spending in developing countries: a systematic reviewOver the past three decades, microfinance activities have spread across the globe, reaching tens of millions of poor households with tailored financial services. Despite the diversity in microcredit schemes, many share two characteristics -- they target poor women and often rely on some type of group-based lending.  The authors conducted statistical meta-analysis and realist synthesis to examine the effects of microcredit on women's control over household spending, an important aspect of women's empowerment. The authors conclude that there is no consistent evidence on the effect of microcredit on women’s control over household spending. Given the overall lack of evidence for an effect of microcredit on women’s control over household resources the authors argue it is unlikely that, overall, microcredit has a meaningful and substantial impact on empowerment processes in a broader sense. Read more

 
Publications from 3ie studies
 

Better targeting of farmers as a channel for poverty reduction: a systematic review of farmer field schools targeting, a paper by 3ie researchers Daniel Phillips, Hugh Waddington and Howard White was published in Development Studies Research, vol 1, issue 1, 2014.

 
Useful resources
 

Resources from the making impact evaluation matter conference
Presentations, videos, blogs, media coverage of the event and other resources from the Making Impact Evaluation Matter: Better Evidence for Effective Policies and Programs conference in Manila are available here.

Resources from the 3ie London Evidence Week
The 3ie London Evidence Week held 13-17 October brought together eminent scholars, policymakers and practitioners to discuss the importance of evidence in informing policy. The event also marked the launch of the 3ie Howard White Lecture Series in honour of 3ie's founding director. Speakers from around the world shared their findings at a one-day colloquium, Improving lives through better evidence. 3ie also launched a systematic review on Farmer field schools: from agricultural extension to adult education. The presentations, videos and other resources from the event are available here.

 
New blog posts
 
Check out our latest blogs: Requiring fuel gauges: a pitch for justifying impact evaluation sample size assumptions; Unexpected evidence on impact evaluations of anti-poverty programmes; How 3ie is tackling the challenges of producing high-quality policy-relevant systematic reviews in international development. Visit the blog site to view our other posts.
 
3ie in the news
 
Aid agencies advised to switch to knowledge building, SciDev.Net. Interview with Ruth Levine, director of global development at Hewlett Foundation and member of the 3ie Board of Commissioners.

Top-notch impact studies on development ‘on the rise
, SciDev.Net. Interview with Howard White, executive director, 3ie.

Down and out in rural China, The Economist. This article cites a 3ie-supported study Investment in vocational vs. general schooling: evaluating China’s expansion of vocational education and laying the foundation for further vocational education evaluation.

CBSE evaluation system needs thorough review, Business Standard. This article was based on a 3ie-supported study A wide-angle view of learning: evaluation of the CCE and LEP programmes in Haryana.

3ie-supported study on Does marginal cost pricing of electricity affect the ground water pumping behaviour of farmers? Evidence from India was featured on a television programme, Neb Kolkata.
 
3ie seminars
 

3ie-IFPRI seminar, 13 November: Encouraging stewardship of a common good: Experimental evidence from Kenya, Speaker: Clair Null, Mathematica

3ie Delhi seminar, 14 November: Do mobile SMS reminders influence medical treatment? Evidence from an impact evaluation on malaria medication in Ghana, Speaker: Heather Lanthorn, Evaluation Specialist, 3ie

3ie-IFPRI Delhi seminar, 10 December: Is laser land leveling a viable technology option for farmers? Evidence from Uttar Pradesh, India, Speakers: Travis Lybbert, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, and David J Spielman, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC

3ie Delhi seminar, 16 December: Do electoral politics matter in MGNREGA implementation? Evidence from village council elections in West Bengal, Speaker: Prof. Kunal Sen, University of Manchester

 
Other announcements
 

Call for applications: US Borlaugh graduate research grant. Deadline: 10 November

Millennium Challenge Corporation open data challenge. Deadline: 31 January 2015

International Labour Organization-J-PAL executive course on evaluating social programmes, 16-20 November, Sharjah, UAE

Evidence Aid systematic review training,13-14 November, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Call for papers: Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group of the World Bank and Households in Conflict Network workshop on Micro-foundations of conflict and violence: Economic analysis and impact evaluation, 12 February 2015, Deadline: 15 November

Call for papers: GIZ, German Development Institute, International Center for Sustainable Development international workshop on Assessing the social, economic and political effects of social protection, 15-17 April 2015, Bonn. Deadline: 20 December

Job opportunities: head of knowledge and evidence, FSD Africa, Nairobi. Deadline: 14 November, and monitoring and evaluation manager, Orbis International, Beijing. Deadline: 30 November

 
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